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.
Medical Office Assistant
Medical Secretary/Administrative Assistant
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)
College Composition I
Orientation to College Success
Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I
Proofreading and Editing
Second Semester (Spring)
Word Processing I
Medical Office/Unit Management
Third Semester (Fall)
Microcomputer Office Applications
Voice Recognition Applications
Intro. To Office Technology
Medical Office Procedures I
Word Processing Advanced
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Specialized Software Applications
5*Social Science Elective
6*Medical Machine Transcription
7*Office Record Keeping
Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree …………...67
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.
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 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.
7. If you plan to transfer, ACC 211 should be taken in place of AST 136.