The Medical Office Professional Emphasis is intended to prepare
students for employment in the medical office environment.
To earn the AAS degree, students must satisfactorily complete
all the requirements of the degree including a minimum of 90
credits, 40 of which are in the General Education Component. The
General Education requirement allows the flexibility to continue
professional development later, by applying the basic skills
gained to more in-depth study.
Core Outcomes of this Health Services AAS - Medical Office
program include: Development of the knowledge and skills
needed for successful employment in the health service field of
medical office occupations, including careers in medical records,
medical billing, and transcription.
This program focuses on ICD-10 coding, medical terminology,
medical office procedures, billing and transcription, an
introduction to Health Information Management, and legal and
ethical aspects related to health care. Students will be required
to complete a minimum of BIO 101 and BIO 103 as part of this
program, in addition to advanced course work in word processing
and spreadsheets applications. Students planning to pursue a
Certified Coding Associate certification are highly recommended
to take BIO 231 and BIO 232.
Successful pursuit of this degree requires students to possess
collegiate skills in reading, communication, computation and
critical thinking. To acquire these competencies, it is highly
recommended that students complete pre-collegiate courses to
gain these skills in the first terms of their program.
Each student will complete a Cooperative Work Experience
activity at the end of their program. Depending on the agency
that a student chooses to work in, they may have to do a drug
screen, TB test, background check, Hep B series, and MMR prior
to starting the experience. These potential additional expenses
will be the student’s responsibility: Drug screen $44-$50, TB test
$20-$30, Background check $30- $72, Hep B $180- $210, and