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Medical Office Administration

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Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Medical Office Administration program will teach you the administrative and support skills needed for employment in the medical industry.

Course work includes:

  • Medical terminology
  • Information systems
  • Office management
  • Medical coding
  • Billing and insurance
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Formatting and word processing

Work-Based Learning (WBL)

WBL offers the opportunity to work for an employer in a position directly related to your program of study, earning you real-world experience by applying course instruction in an actual workplace setting.

Careers

Employment opportunities include administrative positions with:

  • Medical and dental offices
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Laboratories
  • Medical supply companies

Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website to read the occupational outlook handbooks for information about medical office administration careers:

Medical Assistants

Medical Transcriptionists

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

Curriculum Guides

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers or CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy Prerequisites for CIS 110: ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050, or DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 or appropriate placement
Prerequisite for CIS 111: none
1 – 2 2 n/a 3 – 4 2 – 3
OST 286 Professional Development none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
HBI 110 Issues and Trends in HBI Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or DRE 099 or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
OST 148 Medical Ins and Billing none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 17 – 18
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines Prerequisite: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisite: MED 121 3 n/a n/a 3 3
OST 149 Medical Legal Issues none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
OST 136 Word Processing Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 or OST 137 2 2 n/a 4 3
CTS 130 Spreadsheet
or
WBL 112, WBL 122, WBL 132, Work-Based Learning
Prerequisites for CTS 130: CIS 110 or CIS 111
Prerequisites for WBL: none
0 – 2 0 – 2 n/a 4 – 20 2 – 3
OST 164 Office Editing none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 17 – 18
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
OST 248 Diagnostic Coding Prerequisites: MED 121 or OST 141 2 2 n/a 4 3
PSY 150 General Psychology
or
SOC 210 Intro to Sociology
Prerequisites for PSY 150: ENG 080 and RED 080 or ENG 085 or DRE 097 or appropriate placement
Prerequisites for SOC 210: ENG 090 and RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or appropriate placement
3 n/a n/a 3 3
OST 241 Medical Office Transcription I
or
WBL 112, WBL 122, WBL 132, Work-Based Learning
Prerequisites for OST 241: MED 121 or OST 141
Prerequisite for WBL: none
0 – 2 0 – 2 n/a 4 – 20 2 – 3
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisites: High school BIO or BIO 090 and ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 4 2 n/a 6 5
OST 281 Emerging Issues in the Medical Office none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
WBL 110 World of Work none 1 n/a n/a 1 1
Total Semester Hours 17 – 18
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
OST 247 Procedure Coding Prerequisites: MED 121 or OST 141 2 2 n/a 4 3
OST 288 Medical Office Admin Capstone Prerequisites: HMT 210 or OST 148 2 2 n/a 4 3
ART 111 Art Appreciation
or
MUS 110 Music Appreciation
none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy Prerequisites for MAT 143: DMA 010-050 and DRE 098 2 2 n/a 4 3
ACC 120 Prin of Financial Accounting
or
WBL 112, WBL 122, WBL 132, Work-Based Learning
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement, or ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050, or DRE 098 and DMA 010-050
Prerequisites for WBL: none
0 – 3 0 – 2 n/a 5 – 20 2 – 4
Total Semester Hours 14 – 16
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 65 – 70
First Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
MED 121 Medical Terminology I Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
or
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
Prerequisites for CIS 110: ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050, or DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 or appropriate placement
Prerequisite for CIS 111: none
1 – 2 2 n/a 3 – 4 2 – 3
OST 286 Professional Development none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 8 – 9
Second Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
MED 122 Medical Terminology II Prerequisite: MED 121 3 n/a n/a 3 3
OST 149 Medical Legal Issues none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
OST 164 Office Editing none 3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Total Semester Hours Required for Certificate 17 – 18