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Program: Medical Front Office



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MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE - MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE ASSISTANT

Gainful Employment Information

(Level I Certificate)

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.MEDOFC.ASST.14 C1.MEDOFC.ASST.16

Medical front office support professionals function in the front office handling incoming and outgoing patients. They perform administrative duties requiring the skills to create and maintain medical records and schedule and monitor appointments. In addition to the administrative duties, they handle coding and billing, collections, third party reimbursement, and credit arrangements. Computer basic skills are required, so the scheduling and billing process can be completed using a practice management software.

This award is for individuals:

  • Who can demonstrate proficiency in keyboarding and document formatting and have at least one year of office experience.
  • Who are new to a medical office setting.
  • Who have successfully completed the courses in the Medical Front Office Marketable Skills Achievement Award.

This sequence of courses will prepare students for entry-level employment in a medical front office setting by developing core proficiency in medical terminology, office procedures, software applications, electronic medical records, coding basics, and medical insurance.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

POFT 1127 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
POFI 1301 Computer Applications I 3
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support 3
POFM 1327 Medical Insurance 3
POFI 1204 Computer Fundamentals 2
13

SEMESTER II

POFM 1300 Basic Medical Coding 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFM 1370 Medical Records Management 3
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
POFM 1280 Cooperative Education-Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2
14
Minimum Hours Required 27

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE -- MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE ASSISTANT (FORMERLY UNDER BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT)

Gainful Employment Information

(Marketable Skills Achievement Award)

Offered at Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: MSA.MED.OFCT.ASST MSA.MED.OFF.ASST.16

Medical front office support professionals function in the front office handling incoming and outgoing patients. They perform administrative duties requiring the skills to schedule and monitor appointments, create and maintain patient records, demonstrate computer basics and use a practice management software in the medical office.

This award is for individuals:

  • Who can demonstrate proficiency in keyboarding and document formatting and have at least one year of office experience.
  • Who are new to a medical office setting.

This sequence of courses will prepare students for entry-level employment in a medical front office setting by developing core proficiency in medical terminology, medical office procedures, and medical software applications.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I

POFT 1127 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
POFI 1301 Computer Applications I 3
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support 3
POFM 1327 Medical Insurance 3
POFI 1204 Computer Fundamentals 2
13
Minimum Hours Required 13

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE - MEDICAL CODER

Gainful Employment Information

(Level I Certificate)

Brookhaven only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.MEDOFC.CODER.14 C1.MEDOFC.CODER.16

The Medical Coder Certificate provides training in medical terminology, coding, billing, and insurance procedures. Entry-level employment opportunities that require a comprehensive knowledge of ICD and CPT codes are offered at medical offices, research facilities, health insurance companies, billing agencies, and allied health facilities. The Medical Coder certificate provides an external learning experience and a foundation to prepare for the national examinations.

CREDIT HOURS

PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
POFI 1301 Computer Applications I 3
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
MDCA 1409 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants OR 4
10

SEMESTER I

POFI 1301 Computer Applications I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
HPRS 2201 Pathophysiology 2
HITT 2371 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
POFM 1300 Basic Medical Coding 3
HITT 1341 Coding and Classification Systems 3
9

SEMESTER II

MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
HITT 1311 Health Information Systems 3
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HITT 1253 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 2
HPRS 1310 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
8

SEMESTER III

HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 2340 Advanced Medical Billing and Reimbursement 3
HITT 2245 Coding Certification Exam Review 2
HITT 1266 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2
5
Minimum Hours Required 32

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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