• Medical Office Specialist - Accounting Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    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.

    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 accounting principles required in a medical office
    • Compare and contrast the billing and coding elements
    • Complete a professional résumé
    • Describe job searches and correct interview techniques

    Medical Office Students are required to complete a criminal background check and provide documentation of immunizations prior to beginning an internship.* DO NOT COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK without first consulting with your program adviser.

    Immunizations required are:
    1) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), 2 vaccines or positive titers.
    2) Varicella, 2 vaccines or positive titer.
    3) Tuberculosis screening current within last 12 months.
    4) Hepatitis B series, 3 vaccines and follow up titer.
    5) Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), current within last 10 years.
    6) Seasonal Flu Shot.
    *Some internship sites may require further immunizations.

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

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team 3
    AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings 2
    MO116 Medical Office Procedures 4
    MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning I or
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)
    4-6
    13-15
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 4
    BA211 Financial Accounting I1, 2 4
    MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM 3
    WR121 English Composition1, 2 4
    15
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA101 Introduction to Business 4
    BA212 Principles of Accounting II 3
    MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures 3
    MO231 Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding 4
    15
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA213 Principles of Accounting III 4
    BT116 Communication Technologies 3
    MO140 Understanding Medical Insurance 3
    MO240 Medical Office Billing I 3
    PSY201 General Psychology 4
    17
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA177 Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements 3
    BT118 Records and Information Management 3
    COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communications 4
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio 1
    MO241 Medical Office Billing II 3
    MO250 Medical Law and Ethics 3
    17
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MO136 Healthcare Documentation 3
    MO141 Patient Advocate for Medical Insurance 3
    HPE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 3
    WE280MOAD Cooperative Education Internship2 4
    13
    Total Credits: 90-92

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.