Medical Office Practice
The Medical Office Practice Certificate program offers training in the administrative aspects of Medical Assisting profession, preparing students for positions for employment in a variety of medical and health care settings. While, the duties of administrative medical assistants vary from office to office, this program has been structured to include all the administrative courses required by the Medical Assisting AAS program. These include courses in medical terminology, medical law & ethics, computer applications, physician office coding, anatomy & physiology and basic emergency healthcare.
The goal of the Medical Office Practice Certificate program is to produce graduates who possess the necessary knowledge of contemporary medical office practices and the skills to be an efficient entry-level administrative medical assistant. It has been designed to build an administrative skill set applicable to the medical profession. Students will build a professional vocabulary of medical terminology, understand medical law and ethics for health care professionals, and learn computer skills using a Microsoft Windows environment to record and retrieve simulated patient data, schedule appointments, create communication and correspondence to other healthcare personnel, and handle billing office procedures using proper ICD-10-CM and CPT codes. In the medical office, administrative medical assistants may also answer telephones, greet patients, verify insurance information, update patient records and complete billing and insurance reimbursement forms.
Upon successful completion of all required coursework, Medical Office Practice students may elect to apply their administrative knowledge, skills and abilities at an affiliated clinical site during an 80-hour, off-campus, supervised Practicum externship experience. This unpaid Practicum Experience will bridge the gap between student and allied healthcare professional and provide an opportunity for practical administrative experience observing and /or performing administrative tasks while interacting with other members of the healthcare team. The Medical Assisting Department is not responsible for re-assigning students due to absenteeism and/or non-compliance with Practicum site requirements. The program also provides a broad base of information which allows graduates to successfully continue their education in a related medical field or use credits to pursue a Medical Assisting AAS degree.
High school degree or HSE (High School Equivalency)
Completion of all developmental English courses.
Students are responsible for providing transportation to off-campus clinical sites if assigned to a Practicum Experience to observe and/or perform administrative skills for 80 hours in a practical setting.
Student accident insurance is available and highly recommended for part-time students.
Students who have previously taken a medical terminology course at another institution or who have had experience working in the medical field, may elect to schedule a proficiency test to obtain credit for Medical Terminology I (MA 115) and / or Medical Terminology II (MA 125). Upon successful passing of the Medical Terminology I (MA 115) proficiency test, the student may elect to take the Medical Terminology II (MA 125) proficiency test. Any interested student should call the Department Secretary at 716-851-1554 to schedule an appointment to take the test. Note: Students MUST take the proficiency tests PRIOR to attending the respective courses.