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Medical Office Specialist - Unit Secretary
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2013-2014

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Carole Wickham: 503-491-7195 - Room AC 2772

Medical Office Specialist
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A Medical Office Specialist as a Unit Secretary functions as the center of the communications hub found in a hospital unit. She/he works in a dynamic medical setting with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Desirable traits of a Unit Secretary include strong communication skills, flexibility, professionalism, and responsibility. Students should have typing competency and basic formatting knowledge before enrolling in classes in this program.

Upon graduation, students may be hired to work in physicians’ offices, public and private hospitals, teaching hospitals, clinics, laboratories, insurance companies, and governmental facilities.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the roles of the healthcare team members, elements of successful leadership and problem-solving strategies
  • Describe medical terminology, including disease processes and pharmacology
  • Differentiate verbal and nonverbal communication, including gender differences, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and the elements of speaking and listening
  • Describe the knowledge and skills required of a unit secretary
  • Compare and contrast the billing and coding elements
  • Complete a professional resume
  • Describe job searches and correct interview techniques Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.
First Quarter (Fall)) Credits
MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team 4
MO114 Medical Terminology I 3
MO120 Introduction to Medical Transcription1 3
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1 4
BI100 Survey of Body Systems1 4
Second Quarter (Winter))
MO115 Medical Terminology II 3
MO116 Medical Office Procedures 4
MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM 3
BT116 Communication Technologies 3
WR121 English Composition1 4
Third Quarter (Spring))
MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures 4
MO121 Medical Transcription I 3
MO212 Diversity and Healthcare 3
MO231 Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding 4
BA205 Business Communications 4
Fourth Quarter (Fall))
MO122 Medical Transcription II 3
BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1,2 4
BT110 Business Editing 3
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,3 4
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
Fifth Quarter (Winter))
MO250 Medical Law and Ethics 3
BI122 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II2 4
BT118 Records and Information Management 3
BT220 Electronic Calculator and 10-Key Operations 1
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
Sixth Quarter (Spring))
MO123 Pharmacology for Medical Office Occupations 3
MO125 Disease Processes 3
MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio 1
PSY201 General Psychology 4
WE280MOS Cooperative Education Internship4 4
Total Credits 100

Medical Office students are required to have a criminal background check and a current Tuberculin skin test (PPD) at the beginning of the MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team class. Medical Office students must document completion of the three-dose Hepatitis B vaccine series and complete a Measles Immunization Clearance Certificate for School Attendance form prior to beginning the externship placement process. Some externship sites may require further immunizations. See program director for site specific requirements.

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses.

1See course descriptions for prerequisite.
2 Alternate selections BI231 and BI232 and BI233, or equivalent Anatomy and Physiology sequence
3 Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement.
4 Any combination of WE280MOSA, WE280MOSB, WE280MOSC and WE280MOSD to total 4 credits. Instructor and dean permission is required; check with instructor for the correct course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.

‡See pages 20 of the printed catalog.

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