2013 - 2014 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Medical Front Office



This degree plan includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013.
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MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE - MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE ASSISTANT

(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

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
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support 3
POFM 1327 Medical Insurance 3
POFI 1204 Computer Fundamentals 2
12

SEMESTER II

POFM 1300 Basic Medical Coding 3
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications 3
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFM 1370 Medical Records Management 3
POFM 1280 Cooperative Education-Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 2
14
Minimum Hours Required 26

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)

(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

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

POFI 1104 Computer Fundamentals 1
POFT 1127 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support 3
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications 3
POFM 1191 Special Topics in Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1
12
Minimum Hours Required 12

NOTE: Credit earned from the courses above may be applied to Semester I in the Medical Front Office Assistant Certificate.

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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This degree plan includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013.
New students who are entering the college for the first time should follow the version on this page.

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This is a new award effective Fall 2013.

MEDICAL FRONT OFFICE - MEDICAL CODER

(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

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

MDCA 1409 Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants OR 4
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology 3
7

SEMESTER I

POFI 1301 Computer Applications I 3
HITT 1301 Health Data Content and Structure 3
HPRS 2201 Pathophysiology 2
POFM 1300 Basic Medical Coding 3
11

SEMESTER II

MDCA 1205 Medical Law and Ethics 2
HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding 3
HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems 3
HPRS 1310 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
11

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
10
Minimum Hours Required 39

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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