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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 MMR $40-50


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