Medical Office Specialist (221-285-87)

Award: Certificate in Career Studies

Gainful Employment

Option: Medical Office Specialist

Length: Variable – Twenty-seven (27) credits hours (Designed for both part-time and full time students, this certificate may be completed in 2-3 semesters dependent upon student class load.)

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Cinda Schmitt

Purpose: This program is designed for persons seeking training for entry-level clerical medical coding offices or for those presently in business who desire to increase their knowledge or update their skills. Upon completion, graduates will have the knowledge and skills required for employment as a Medical Office Specialist. This certificate fulfills requirements to sit for the National Exams for Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Coder – Hospital (CPC–H) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and/or Certified Coding Specialist – Physician (CCS–P).

Occupational Objectives

  • Certified Professional Coder
  • Certified Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Office Trainee
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Office Services Trainee
  • Skills Upgrading for Office Personnel

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Medical Office Specialist Career Studies Certificate requires proficiency in basic arithmetic and English. Students who are not proficient in these subjects will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses. To enter the Medical Office Specialist Career Studies Certificate program, students must have completed AST 102 and AST 141 or have the equivalent keyboarding and word processing skills.

Program Requirements

The curriculum in Medical Office Specialist Career Studies Certificate combines instruction in the areas required for competence as an entry-level employee in business, government, and other organizations. Candidates for the Medical Office Specialist Career Studies Certificate must successfully complete all required courses and must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all AST, HLT, and MDA courses. All HIM and MDA classes (except MDA 207) have a pre and/or co-requisite of HLT 143 (Medical Terminology I) and HLT 144 (Medical Terminology II).

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

Fall Term
HLT 143 Medical Term. I 3
MDA 207 Medical Law & Ethics 2
MDA 208 Medical Coding 2
MDA 209 Medical Office Insurance 2
AST 234 Records and Database Management 3
HIM 106 International Classification of Diseases I 2
Total 14

Spring Term
HLT 144 Medical Term. II 3
HIM 107 International Classification of Diseases II 2
HIM 254 Advanced Coding and Reimbursement 3
MDA 210 Medical Office Software 1
MDA 296 On-Site Training 1
HIM 110 Intro. To Human Pathology 3
Total 13

Total Minimum Credits 27