|ALH 120 Admin I COM & BUS Practices in Medical Office||3 credits|
|ALH 130 Admin II Financial BUS Practice in Medical Office||3 credits|
|ALH 140 Topics in Pharmacology & Applied Math||3 credits|
|ALH 218 Medical Terminology||3 credits|
|ALH 225 Survey of Body Systems & Disease Conditions||3 credits|
|ALH 252 Ethical & Legal Practices in Allied Health||2 credits|
|ALH 281 Medical Administrative Specialist Practicum*||3 credits|
|CIS 101 Intro to Computers & Software||4 credits|
|*Course has a prerequisite|
- The student must achieve a “C” or 2.0 GPA in all curriculum courses.
- Qualifications for the practicum requires that students have all coursework completed and an overall 2.5 GPA or above.
Medical Administrative Specialists are multi-skilled in medical records and health information and play key roles in the medical office, clinic or hospital setting. They organize and manage health information data, insurance processing, coding and billing, practice finance and fundamental office management tasks. A Medical Administrative Specialist is very familiar with clinical and technical concepts required to coordinate administrative office functions in a health care setting.
Jobs are available in physicians’ offices, health clinics, outpatient facilities, medical laboratories, hospitals, health insurance companies, medical supply and equipment businesses, and pharmaceutical companies.
Duties and skills vary by the size of office. In a small practice, the job may include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, composing and processing correspondence, collecting and recording payments, maintaining financial reports and patient files. In a large office, the job will focus on more of the non-patient, office duties and work more directly with the facility’s administrative office team.
Physician office coding specialists are in high demand; these medical records employees classify diagnoses and procedures to facilitate billing
and reimbursement from insurance companies.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2016 median salary for medical records or health information technicians was $38,040 per year and for secretaries and administrative assistants was $37,230 per year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth in employment of health information technicians of 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations and for administrative assistants of 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. Those who have experience with coding, word processing and create spreadsheets, should have the best job prospects.
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