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Technical Diploma in Medical Office Specialist

Concentrations: Medical Coding or Billing and Reimbursement

The Medical Office Specialist program prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings as medical coders or billing and reimbursement specialists.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Technical Diploma in Medical Office Specialist will be able to demonstrate:

  1. ability to accurately communicate with members of the healthcare team using effective verbal and written communication while maintaining patient confidentiality and with regard to policies and procedures regulating documentation and reporting of medical information;
  2. ability to critically analyze written and verbal medical information in order to accurately assign medical codes and process billing and reimbursement;
  3. application of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology concept to the skills of an entry level medical coder or and/or billing and reimbursement specialist; and
  4. utilization of computer technology to translate written medical information into a numeric code using established coding and insurance reimbursement rules and guidelines.

Specific Requirements:

Before beginning program classes, students must test out of READ 099, into ENGL 101, and into MATH 099 as documented by ACT, placement test, or course completion.

Upon the successful completion (minimum of "C") of qualification courses a student may enroll in program courses. Enrollment in program courses is limited to 20 students. First semester program courses (MOS 109, MOS 110 and MOS 113) are offered only in the fall semester. Second semester program courses (MOS 111, MOS 116, and MOS 118) are offered only in the spring semester.

Students in the Medical Office Specialist program must maintain a minimum grade of "C" or better in all program course work in order to remain in the program. Any student who fails to earn a "C" or higher in program course work will not be allowed to continue in the program. The student may re-enroll in program classes the following year if he/she wishes to pursue the Medical Office Specialist Technical Diploma and if space is available. If readmitted the student will have to repeat all program classes.

Prior to enrolling in second semester clinical courses (MOS 111, MOS 118, MOS 116) students must submit all required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier). Students enrolled in concentration classes must pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition.

Students enrolled in the Medical Office Specialists program (coding concentration) must take MOS 109, MOS 113, and MOS 110 concurrently and MOS 111, MOS 116 and MOS 220 concurrently.

Required courses for Technical Diploma in Medical Office Specialist


Qualification Courses 
(these are the same for both the coding and billing/reimbursement concentrations)
  Hours
ALHT 105: Medical Ethics and Law 3
ALHT 109: Healthcare Systems and Safety 2
ALHT 115: Pharmacology 3
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 120: Intro to  Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BLGY 120L: Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab  1
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I   3
CIS 105: Commuter Concepts 3
CIS 115: Software Applications 3
MOS 107: Medical Office Administration 3
ALHT 206: Pathophysiology 3
ALHT 207: Advanced Medical Language 3
Total qualification hours: 33
     
Coding Program Only Courses
  Hours
MOS 109: Survey of Medical Coding 4
MOS 110/110L: Medical Coding I / Lab 4
MOS 111/111L: Medical Coding II / Lab 5
MOS 113: Reimbursement Methodology 3
MOS 116: Medical Coding Practicum 2
MOS 220: Coding Practice 2
Total coding program hours: 20
     
Billing/Reimbursement Program Only Courses
  Hours
ALHT 114: Introduction to Medical Coding  3
or MOS 109:   Survey of Medical Coding 
MOS 113: Reimbursement Methodology  3
MOS 118: Advanced Reimbursement Methodology 3
ACCT 205: Intro to Financial Accounting 3
MOS 116: MOS Practicum  2
Total billing/reimbursement only hours: 14
     
Total Credit Hours for Medical Office Specialist Technical Diploma  
     
  Medical Coding Concentration 53
  Medical Billing/Reimbursement Concentration 47

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