2018-2019 Catalog

Medical Office Clerk, Certificate of Completion

48-49 credits

Program Description

The Medical Office 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/A & P, Medical legal and ethical issues, foundations of billing and coding, and entering information into a software simulation which is similar to that used in hospitals, clinics, etc. Students also complete a practicum consisting of 50 hours of experience in a local clinic, hospital or other healthcare facility.

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

Career Opportunities

Students completing the Medical Office Clerk Certificate will qualify for office positions in healthcare facilities including hospitals, tribal health facilities, health clinics, etc. These positions are also expected to increase significantly in Montana and nationally.

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, the need for Healthcare Support Occupations is expected to increase 28% in the next eight years. The current average salary in Montana is $31,890.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will define medical terms and identify body systems and functions.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the ethical/legal aspects of medical office employment.
  • Students will demonstrate skills in coding and billing for medical reimbursement.
  • Students will manage electronic medical records via an online simulation.

Curriculum

Fall

CAPP100Computer Literacy

1

ENGL101English Composition I

3

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

HIEP118Medical Terminology

4

HIEP121Medical Legal Aspects

2

OFED114Business Grammar & Usage

1

OFED213Records Management/Filing

3

Total Credit Hours:17


Winter

CAPP140Word Processing

3

HIEP141Medical Coding and Billing

4

OFED106Keyboard Skill Building

1

OFED113Calculator Lab

1

OFED121Human Relations

3

MATH 103Contemporary Math

5

OR

OFED111Business Math

4

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Spring

CAPP161Electronic Spreadsheets

3

HIEP171Medical Administrative Practices

4

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

OFED260Office Procedures

3

OFED290Office Practicum

2

Total Credit Hours:15
The Medical Office Clerk Program has designated the following courses as embedding the "4 Cs" competencies:  Communication, OFED 260 and OFED 121.  Critical Thinking: OFED 213. Cultural Understanding: CAPP 140. Citizenship: OFED 121 and HIEP 121.

Total Credit Hours: 48-49

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