Medical Office Specialist

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Medical Office Specialists work in healthcare facilities as administrative secretaries, receptionists, unit/ward secretaries, accounting clerks, medical billing specialists, medical claims analysts, medical office coders, or office supervisors. Today’s rapidly changing and demanding medical office environment requires skills in office administration, medical transcription, communication, electronic medical records and medical office operations.

The MHCC Medical Office Specialist program is a six-term program. A term is normally 10 weeks long. The first three terms focus on basic medical knowledge and office skills, while the second phase provides emphasis in selected areas of concentration. Students may take as long as they like to complete the program. (See also: Benefits of Training at MHCC)

Accounting

A Medical Office Specialist in Accounting concentrates on accounts receivable, billing and collection procedures, patient and insurance record keeping, and budget and financial records.

Students interested in accounting work in a medical setting should enjoy working with healthcare professionals, demonstrate strong communication skills, show an interest in medical and health issues, and be dedicated to professionalism. Students should have typing competency and basic formatting knowledge before enrolling in classes in this program.

Part of the training includes 120 hours of working in the student’s specialty area in a medical facility. When the academic training is completed, the student has also gained actual work experience.

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

Administrative Secretary

A Medical Office Specialist as an Administrative Secretary will gain skills in patient relations, reception, medical records, computers, scheduling, coding, and billing. This specialty appeals to one who enjoys helping people, wants to work in a professional setting, and prefers a variety of job assignments.

Students interested in administrative work in a medical setting should enjoy working with healthcare professionals, demonstrate strong communication skills, show an interest in medical and health issues, and be dedicated to professionalism. Students should have typing competency and basic formatting knowledge before enrolling in classes in this program.

Part of the training includes 120 hours of working in the student’s specialty area in a medical facility. When the academic training is completed, the student has also gained actual work experience.

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

As part of the Administrative Secretary program, a Certificate in Medical Receptionist may be awarded to a student who completes classes and externship requirements.

Management

A Medical Office Specialist in Management prepares to oversee a healthcare facility by learning how to lead people and manage office operations. The Management Specialist most often aspires to eventually manage some segment of a medical organization.

Student interested in management work in a medical setting should enjoy working with healthcare professionals, demonstrate strong communication skills, show an interest in medical and health issues, and be dedicated to professionalism. Students should have typing competency and basic formatting knowledge before enrolling classes in this program.

Part of the training includes 120 hours of working in the student’s specialty area in a medical facility. When the academic training is completed, the student has also gained actual work experience.

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

As part of the Management program, a certificate in Medical Billing/Claims Analyst may be awarded to a student who completes the classes and externship requirements.

Also as part of the Management program, a certificate in Medical Office Coding may be awarded to a student who completes the classes and externship requirements. Students should see the Medical Office program advisor for a list of these courses.

Unit/Ward Secretary

A Medical Office Specialist as a Unit Secretary functions as the center of the communications hub found in a hospital unit, working 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.

Part of the training includes 120 hours of working in the student’s specialty area in a medical facility. When the academic training is completed, the student has also gained actual work experience.

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

Faculty

The program is directed by a full-time program coordinator and instructor, Carole Wickham.

Many industry professionals from the Portland area are adjunct faculty who teach in their areas of particular expertise. The students benefit by learning from active, accomplished professionals who are able to bring real-world experiences into the classroom. (See also: MHCC Medical Office Instructors)

Costs:

Current tuition can be determined by calling the Registrar’s office. Some classes carry additional lab fees depending on the class duration and support needs. Most classes require textbooks which may run approximately $80 each.

To Apply:

The Medical Office Specialist program is an open entry, open exit program. You need NOT apply for admission to the program in order to begin. You only need to be admitted to the college, declare your major, and complete the College Placement Test. Review your classes and progress each term with Carole Wickham, your program advisor.

More Information:

For more information about the Medical Office Specialist program, call the Allied Health Office at 503-491-7272. For information about costs or how to enroll, call Admissions and Records at 503-491-7392. We have also provided a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions about MHCC's Medical Office programs.

© 2014 Mt. Hood Community College | 26000 SE Stark St. | Gresham, OR 97030 | 503-491-6422
 Last Modified: 10/1/2014 12:44:06 PM