Medical Administrative Support Specialization

Award

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology (with a specialization in Medical Administrative Support)

Length

Four-Semester (Two-Year) Program

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

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Associate in Applied Science degree program in Administrative Support Technology requires English prerequisites as described in the college catalog. Additionally, students should have command of the fundamental processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals.

Program Requirements

The two-year program combines instruction in the many subject areas required for competence as a medical office assistant, medical transcriptionist, or a medical records clerk. Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in Administrative Support Technology with the remaining courses in related subjects, general education, and elective credits. Students are advised to consult with their faculty advisor to plan their program and to select electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four semester curriculum, students will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Administrative Support Technology with a specialization in Medical Administrative Support.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college after completing A.A.S. degree requirements should inform their academic advisors at the beginning of studies to determine the appropriate courses to meet.

FIRST SEMESTER (Fall)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 101 Keyboarding I 3
AST 107 Editing/Proofreading Skills 3
HIM 111 Medical Terminology I 3
ENG111 College Composition I 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
16

SECOND SEMESTER (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 102 Keyboarding II 3
AST 137 Records Management 3
AST 141 Word Processing I (Word) 3
ENG 116 Writing for Business 3
HIM 113 Medical Terminology & Disease Processes I 3
___ ___ Health or Physical Education 1
16

THIRD SEMESTER (Fall)

Catalog Course Title Credits
AST 142 Word Processing II (Word) 3
AST 232 Microcomputer Office Applications 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
HIM 233 Electronic Health Records Management 3
HIM 253 Health Records Coding 3
___ ___ Social Science Elective1 3
18

FOURTH SEMESTER (Spring)

Catalog Course Title Credits
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I 4
CST 137 Oral Interpretation (or CST 100 & Humanities/Fine Arts2) 3
HIM 254 Advanced Coding & Reimbursement 3
___ ___ AST/BUS/HIM Elective 3
___ ___ Social Science Elective1 3
    16
  Total Minimum Credits 66
Footnote:
1Students may choose from college approved Social Science electives.
2Students may choose from college approved Humanities/Fine Arts electives.