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Administrative Support Technology - Specialization in Medical Office Specialist (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Coordinator:         Nan Jones, LRC 212. Ext. 2465
Length:                                  Four semesters (two years)

Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide specialized administrative support technology education in the medical field. It is recommended for students interested in a professional career as a medical office assistant in a private medical practice, in a hospital setting, and in other health care organizations. In addition, the Administrative Support Technology curriculum offers basic skills training and advanced training complementary to the information systems demands of the electronic office. Included are skills in word processing, microcomputer usage, and human relations.

Occupational Objectives: 
    Medical Office Assistant 
    Medical Secretary/Administrative Assistant 
    Medical Transcriptionist
    Medical Receptionist and Information Clerk 
    Medical Records and Health Information Technician
    Hospital Ward or Office Clerk

Admissions Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Associate of Applied Science Degree curriculum in Administrative Support Technology - Medical Office Specialist requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. Students who are not proficient in English and mathematics will be required to correct their deficiencies in developmental courses.

Advanced Placement: Students who have completed training in Office Technology courses at the high school level or who have had appropriate occupational experience may apply for advance placement with credit. Credit by examination will be the basis upon which such advance placement will be granted. Through a special examination program, it will be possible for a student to exempt a portion of the typewriting requirement. Students currently holding either the CPS or PLS certification may also be granted up to 25 semester hours of credit. The student may then elect to enroll in an accelerated program to complete the AAS degree requirements in less than two years or take appropriate advanced courses for further occupational preparation.

Program Requirements: The two-year curriculum in Administrative Support Technology combines instruction in the many areas required for competence as a secretary in business, government, industry, law offices, and other organizations. The curriculum will include courses in Administrative Support Technology, medical transcription, medical terminology, general education and electives. Students are advised to consult with their faculty advisor and counselor in planning their programs. Upon satisfactory completion of the four semester curriculum listed below, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Technology with a major in Administrative Support Technology - Medical Office Specialist.

Notes on Transfer: Associate of Applied Science Degree programs are designed primarily to provide occupational competence for employment entry. Upon the student’s request, courses may be modified to provide possible transfer acceptability by four-year colleges and universities. Transfer options are listed in the footnotes.

Administrative Support Technology – Specialization in Medical Office Specialist

First Semester (Fall)

Course Number

Course Title

Lec. Hrs.

Lab Hrs.

Crs.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 101

Orientation to College Success

1

0

1

AST 101

1*Keyboarding I

4

0

4

HIM 113

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I

3

0

3

AST 107

Proofreading and Editing

3

0

3

EEE

2*Humanities Elective

3

0

3

Total

17

0

17

Second Semester (Spring)

AST 102

Keyboarding II

4

0

4

AST 137

Records Management

3

0

3

MTH 141

3*Business Math

3

0

3

AST 141

Word Processing I

3

0

3

AST 176

Medical Office/Unit Management

3

0

3

PED

4*Physical Education

0

2-3

1

Total

16

2-3

17

Third Semester (Fall)

AST 232

Microcomputer Office Applications

3

0

3

AST 154

Voice Recognition Applications

2

0

2

AST 230

Intro. To Office Technology

3

0

3

AST 271

Medical Office Procedures I

3

0

3

AST 205

Business Communications

3

0

3

AST 238

Word Processing Advanced
Operations

3

0

3

Total

17

0

17

Fourth Semester (Spring)

PED

4*Physical Education

0

2-3

1

AST 236

Specialized Software Applications

3

0

3

EEE

5*Social Science Elective

3

0

3

AST 245

6*Medical Machine Transcription

3

0

3

AST 206

Professional Development

3

0

3

AST 136

7*Office Record Keeping

3

0

3

Total

15

2-3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree …………...67

Notes
The above semester-by semester sequence of courses may be modified when necessary. Please refer to the Program Choices section of this Catalog for a discussion of factors which affect planning and sequencing programs of study.

Footnotes*

1. Students who pass the Keyboarding Exemption Test will be granted credit for this course. Testing date is published in the class schedule.

2. Humanities electives include: ART 201, 202; foreign languages; HUM 201, 202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152.

3. Transfer students should check the math requirements at respective four year schools of interest.

4. Students may substitute any HLT (Health) course that contains a personal wellness component for Physical Education requirement. Transfer students should note that four-year institutions may require a PED activity course in the general core.

5. Social Science electives include any course in economics, geography, history, political science/government, sociology, and /or psychology.

6. AST 240 may be taken in place of AST 245.

If you plan to transfer, ACC 211 should be taken in place of AST 136.

Last updated: 3/7/2014 1:44:31 PM