The Medical Office Practice Certificate Program offers training in the administrative aspects of office practices. The administrative certificate 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. If a student is interested in pursuing a nursing degree, training in the clinical aspects of office practices may be desired. Furthermore, 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 administrative or the clinical 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.
Choosing the clinical option allows for additional coursework in medical microbiology, math of dosage, pharmacology, and clinical office laboratory and diagnostic procedures. 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.