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MEDICAL OFFICE PRACTICE

Program Description

The Medical Office Practice Certificate Program--by offering training in either clinical or administrative aspects of office procedure--prepares the students for positions in physicians' private offices or group practices, hospital offices, medical records services, clinics, public health facilities, and other health related offices.

This program has been designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment in a medical facility. Further, the program has been structured to provide career mobility and to facilitate further study. Courses from the Medical Office Practice Certificate Program may be used to satisfy requirements in the Medical Assisting Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Program if the student decides to pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree.

A core program, required of all students, provides the basic scientific fundamentals applicable to the medical profession. These courses include Medical Documentation, Medical Law and Ethics for Health Care Professionals, Medical Terminology, Survey of Anatomy/ Physiology, and Basic Emergency Health Care. Students develop additional skills by completing coursework in either the clinical option or the administrative option.

Clinical Option

Choosing the clinical option allows for additional coursework in medical microbiology, pharmacology, and clinical office assisting procedures. Upon successful completion of all required coursework, Medical Office Practice students may elect to complete an 80 hour clinical practicum experience in a medical office setting. Students will not receive pay for the practicum experience. If a student is not in compliance with a requirement of the site, it is not the department's responsibility to re-assign the student. Clinical Medical Office Practice graduates may continue their education and pursue the Associate in Applied Science degree in the Medical Assisting Program. Graduates may also pursue additional education to become nurses or other health care workers.

Administrative Option

Choosing the administrative option allows for additional coursework in medical administrative procedures, medical transcription and medical coding and billing. Upon successful completion of all required coursework, Medical Office Practice students may elect to complete an 80 hour administrative practicum experience in a medical office setting. Students will not receive pay for the practicum experience. If a student is not in compliance with a requirement of the site, it is not the department's responsibility to re-assign the student. Administrative Medical Office Practice graduates may continue their education and pursue the Associate in Applied Science degree in the Medical Assisting Program. Graduates assume positions in medical offices, other health care facilities and a variety of administrative support occupations.

Degree: Certificate
Hegis: 5214
Curriculum Code: 0980
Campus Location: North
Health Sciences Division

Available at:
North

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
H.S. Degree or GED
80% H.S. Average

Recommended H.S. Courses And/Or Experiences:
Biology
Completion of Developmental Courses in English and Math

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Medical Office
Health Care Facilities

 

Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.

 

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