Medical Office Assistant Major (A.A.S.)
The purpose of the Medical Office Assistant major is to provide formal training for healthcare professionals who hold the Christian worldview to ensure the functions of a medical office operate smoothly on a daily basis.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Understand systems and procedures, including legal and ethical aspects in medical office practice.
- Apply knowledge of insurance, billing, coding, and bookkeeping practices to the medical office setting.
- Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology and apply best practices in the prevention and management of infections at the medical office.
Delivery Format: Online Only
This course prepares students for the administrative tasks relevant to operating and supervising a medical office of health professionals. Students learn to plan and organize work load, set priorities, develop initiative among employees and coordinate multiple tasks within a time sensitive environment. The value of compassionate professionalism when interacting with patients, family members and staff is stressed.
This course acquaints students with billing protocol concerning the various insurance filing demands of commercial group insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Workman's compensation claims and other third party billing entities.
This course provides students with up-to-date information regarding best practices of patient billing and bookkeeping for a medical office.
This course trains students in medical procedural and diagnostic coding skills. Emphasis is placed upon the utilization of coding manuals for insurance claim processing.
This course educates the student regarding the seriousness of infection control within the medical office and the role the Medical Office Assistant plays in compliance.
The student is educated about the general ethical and legal aspects in medicine with an emphasis upon confidentiality, HIPAA, risk management, licensing, contracts and professional liability.
This course is a planned work-based experience that provides students with an opportunity to fine-tune skill sets learned in course work and enhance workplace skills through supervised practical experiences related to their career objectives. This course requires a minimum of 160 clock hours of work.
Registration Restrictions: Consent of externship coordinator, cumulative GPA of 2.0, and completion of major courses