Administrative Support Technology - Medical Office Administration Specialization

Minimum credits: 65

Length: 5 semesters (2 years), if full-time suggested course sequence is followed.

Industry Credentials: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, Office Proficiency Assessment Certification (OPAC)

Career opportunities:

  • Medical Secretary: $34,006 Job Growth: 21% from 2014 to 2024
  • Office Manager/Clerical Supervisor $52,630 Job Growth: 8%
  • Executive Assistant: $53,370 Job Growth: 5% *Median salaries & job growth nationwide as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8440 or 434.797.8474

This program provides broad-based knowledge and skills needed to work in a medical office environment. Medical courses are typically taught in the evenings. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all HIM courses in order to complete the program. Student who receive a grade of D or F must repeat that course before continuing to the HIM course sequence.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various administrative support functions to perform satisfactorily in an office environment.
  2. Communicate effectively using oral & written methods.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in using word processing software to accurately format a variety of business correspondence.
  4. Perform mathematical calculations to accurately complete financial & accounting functions used in an office environment.
  5. Key with a level of speed & accuracy acceptable to perform satisfactorily to industry standards.
  6. Demonstrate alphabetic & numeric filing rules to efficiently file & retrieve documents.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology necessary to perform satisfactorily in a medical office environment.

For more information consult the College Catalog

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First Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Course Credits
AST 101/103 Keyboarding I + Lab 2 2 4 4
BIO 100 Basic Human Biology 3 0 3 3
ENG 134 Grammar for Writing and Speaking 3 0 3 3
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3 0 3 3
ITE 116 Survey of Computer Applications 2 0 2 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
  Total 14 2 16 15
Second Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Course Credits
HIM 143 Managing Electronic Billing - Med. Practice 3 0 3 3
AST 102/104 Keyboarding II + Lab 2 2 4 3
AST 234 Records Database Management 3 0 3 3
ENG 135 Applied Grammar 3 0 3 3
HLT 144 Medical Terminology II 3 0 3 3
  Total 14 2 16 15
Third Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Course Credits
HIM 130 Health Information Systems 3 0 3 3
AST 238/239 MS Word + Lab 2 2 4 3
  Total 5 2 7 6
Fourth Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Course Credits
ITD 115 Web Page Design Site Management 2 2 4 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3 0 3 3
ITE 150 Database Software 3 2 5 4
BUS 121 Business Math 3 0 3 3
HIM 226 Legal Aspects of Health Records Documents 2 0 2 2
  Total 13 4 17 15
Fifth Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Course Credits
AST 244 Office Administration II 3 0 3 3
HLT/PED Health/Physical Ed 0 2 2 1
ECO 100 Elementary Economics 3 0 3 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software 3 0 3 3
SPA 103 Basic Spoken Spanish 3 0 3 3
SDV 106 Job Search Strategies 1 0 1 1
  Total 13 2 15 15

 

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