Medical Office Specialist

Medical Office Specialist Program

Program Description:

The Medical Office Specialist Program is designed to prepare students in the most advanced medical office technology. This two semester certificate is a theoretical, competency and scenario based program that will prepare students for entry-level medical positions within the healthcare field.  Medical Office Specialists are highly trained within the electronic health record, documentation and the complex tasks related to front office medical practices.  Specific tasks may include scheduling and registering patients, verbal and written communication, insurance and billing, with an emphasis on excellent customer service.  Professionalism and teamwork are incorporated as a vital component of a healthcare team as well as legal and ethical implications of a medical practice.

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Program Mission

The mission of the Medical Office Specialist Program is to prepare students for employment in provider practices, hospitals and clinics.  This curriculum integrates the most up to date practices and technology that will prepare students for the workplace.  This program is committed to providing students with the foundation of knowledge, skills and behaviors that will carry them into the healthcare field and promote lifelong learning.

Program of Study

Year One Fall Semester I
Code Course Hours Total Hours
MOS101 Introduction to Medical Office Specialist I 3 16
MAS110 Medical Documentation 3
MAS102 Medical Terminology 3
MAS114 Medical Office Law and Ethics 3
BIO119 Survey of A&P 4
Spring Semester I
MAS211 Insurance & Coding for Medical Office 3 12
MAS220 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for the Medical Office 3
MOS201 Medical Office Specialist II 6
Certificate Total: 28

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the General Admission requirements provided in the Admissions section of this catalog. In addition to the Immunization Requirements, all students enrolled in any allied health program require the following: Hepatitis B series and titer results, Varicella titer results, and a 2-step PPD test results within the past year.

Additional admission requirements are as follows:

  1. Official high school transcript or GED scores.
  2. Successful completion (grade of “C” or better) within past five years:
    • High school biology with a lab, OR
    • Adult education biology with a lab, OR
    • College biology with a lab (grade of “C” or better), OR
    • BIO119 Survey anatomy and physiology
  3. At the start of the first semester of study in this program, students must be in good academic standing, with a required cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  4. For acceptance into the Medical Office Specialist program, applicants must attend the required information session.

Additional Information

Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while they are enrolled in the program, or as a condition of employment in the field; certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession in which you are interested has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair

Career Opportunities

  • Provider practices
  • Specialized medical offices
    • Cardiology
    • Dentist
    • Pediatrics
    • Women’s health
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
    • Patient Service Representative
    • Patient Account Representative


Additional Program Requirements

Students must assume responsibility for transportation and/or other living costs to and from statewide practicum sites.

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