El Centro College - Course Descriptions for POFM
El Centro 2013 - 2014 Catalog

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POFM 1191 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The simulation provides the students with the opportunity to analyze situations unique to a medical office setting, make decisions related to those situations, as well as experience the daily duties and responsibilities associated with an entry-level medical front office position. The simulation requires students to perform a series of tasks using Medisoft, a practice management software. Each task is an application of the knowledge required in the medical office. Topics include patient records, patient transactions, appointments, and reports. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lab.)


POFM 1280 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Cooperative Education-Medical Administrative/ Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component. (1 Lec., 10 Ext.)


POFM 1300 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Basic Medical Coding
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313.
Course Description: Presentation and application of basic coding rules, principles, guidelines, and conventions utilizing various coding systems. (3 Lec.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


POFM 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, RLC

Medical Software Applications
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic keyboarding and computer skills.
Course Description: Medical software applications for the management and operation of health care information systems. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFM 1317 (3 Credit Hours) New course added March 28, 2012
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, RLC

Medical Administrative Support
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Instruction in medical office procedures including appointment scheduling, medical records creation and maintenance, telephone communications, coding, billing, collecting, and third party reimbursement. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFM 1327 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Medical Insurance
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313.
Course Description: Survey of medical insurance including the life cycle of various claim forms, terminology, litigation, patient relations, and ethical issues. (3 Lec.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


POFM 1370 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Medical Records Management
This is a Local Need Course Number.
Course Description: The course is designed to provide a practical bridge to span the gap between how medical records have been kept for the past centuries and how they are kept in today's electronic world. The practical, hands-on experience uses a popular electronic health records software that is used by a wide range of medical specialties and health-care professionals. Topics include electronic patient charts; office visits; clinical tools, such as creating a patient instruction sheet; electronic templates; and electronic bulletin boards and messages. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.