2021-2022 Catalog

Medical Office Assistant, Certificate of Completion

45 credits

The Medical Office Assistant Program is provided by the Office Professions Department.

Program Description

 
The Medical Office Assistant Certificate of Completion prepares students for office employment in healthcare facilities. Students will gain skills and knowledge in specific courses geared toward the healthcare industry, including medical terminology, legal and ethical issues, foundations of health insurance, and patient registration. Students will enter information into a software simulation program, which is similar to what is used in hospitals, clinics, etc. Students also complete a practical experience in a local clinic, hospital or other healthcare facility.

The Certificate of Completion also focuses on skills & knowledge needed for entry-level general office employment including records management and filing, math and calculator skills, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet applications, customer service skills, business writing skills, and general workplace competencies necessary for office positions.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the Medical Office Assistant Certificate will qualify for office positions in healthcare facilities including hospitals, tribal health facilities, health clinics, etc. According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, for Healthcare Support Occupations the current average salary in Montana is $30,720.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Certificate of Completion in Medical Office Assistant, graduates will be able to:
  • Define medical terms and identify body systems and functions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical/legal aspects of medical office employment.
  • Manage the registration process for patient registration in an electronic medical records via an online simulation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of health insurance to assist in the patient registration process.
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets, database, presentations, and word processing documents commonly used in businesses.
  • Discuss considerations for Native American/Alaska Native populations in the workplace.

Curriculum

Fall

BUMG160Personal Finance

3

CAPP105Computers for College Success

1

ENGL101English Composition I

3

HIEP118Medical Terminology

4

HIEP121Medical Legal Aspects

2

OFED130Office Essentials

3

Total Credit Hours:16


Winter

CAPP140Word Processing

3

CAPP162Data Management Systems

3

HIEP140Health Insurance

2

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

OFED142Professional Relationships in the Workplace

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring

CAPP161Electronic Spreadsheets

3

CAPP170Electronic Presentations

2

HIEP170Patient Registration

3

OFED171Customer Service

2

OFED261Office Communication and Procedures

3

OFED290Office Practicum

2

Total Credit Hours:15

The Medical Office Assistant Program has designated the following courses as embedding the "4 Cs" competencies:  Communication: OFED 261 and OFED 142.  Critical Thinking: OFED 130, CAPP 105. Cultural Understanding: CAPP 140 and CAPP 170. Citizenship: HIEP 121 and OFED 142. Information Literacy is taught in CAPP 105.

Total Credit Hours: 45

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