Medical Office Specialist: Accounting - Degree
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program | mhcc.edu/MedicalOffice
Kaisa Larson: 503-491-7195 | Room AC2789 | Kaisa.Larson@mhcc.edu
A medical office specialist in accounting concentrates on accounts receivable, billing and collection procedures, patient and insurance record keeping, and budget and financial records.
Students interested in accounting work in a medical setting should enjoy working with health care professionals, demonstrate strong communication skills, show an interest in medical and health issues and be dedicated to professionalism. Students should have typing competency and basic formatting knowledge before enrolling in classes in this program. Students without computer experience or who want to brush up on computer skills before beginning this program are encouraged to enroll in BCS090 Computer Basics for College Success, a free course offered through the Learning Success Center.
Upon graduation, students may be hired to work in physicians’ offices, public and private hospitals, teaching hospitals, clinics, laboratories, insurance companies and governmental facilities.
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Discuss the roles of the health care team members, elements of successful leadership and problem-solving strategies
- Describe medical terminology, including disease processes and pharmacology
- Differentiate verbal and nonverbal communication, including gender differences, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and the elements of speaking and listening
- Describe the accounting principles required in a medical office
- Compare and contrast the billing and coding elements
- Complete a professional résumé
- Describe job searches and correct interview techniques
Medical Office students are required to complete a criminal background check and provide documentation of immunizations prior to beginning an internship.1 Do not complete a background check without first consulting with your program adviser.
Immunizations required are:
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), 2 vaccines or positive titers
- Varicella, 2 vaccines or positive titer
- Tuberculosis screening current within last 12 months
- Hepatitis B series, 3 vaccines and follow up titer
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), current within last 10 years
- Seasonal flu shot
Some internship sites may require further immunizations.
Note: A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses.
|AH110||Medical Language for Healthcare Settings (Course offered online)||2|
|MO110||Powerful Strategies for the Office Team||3|
|MO116||Medical Office Procedures||4|
|Select one of the following:||4-6|
|Quantitative Reasoning I|
|Beginning Algebra II (Course offered online) (or higher)|
|BA131||Introduction to Business Computing (Course offered online)||4|
|BA211||Financial Accounting I (Course offered online)||4|
|MO230||Medical Coding I: ICD-10-CM||3|
|WR121||English Composition (Course offered online)||4|
|BA101||Introduction to Business (Course offered online)||4|
|BA212||Financial Accounting II (Course offered online)||4|
|MO117||Hospital Administrative Procedures||3|
|MO231||Medical Coding II: Procedural Coding||4|
|BA213||Managerial Accounting (Course offered online)||4|
|MO140||Understanding Medical Insurance||3|
|MO240||Medical Office Billing I||3|
|PSY201||General Psychology (Course offered online)||4|
|BA177||Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements (Course offered online)||3|
|BT118||Records and Information Management||3|
|COMM115||Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)||4|
|MO214||Building a Professional Portfolio||1|
|MO241||Medical Office Billing II||3|
|MO250||Medical Law and Ethics||3|
|HE252||First Aid: Responding to Emergencies||3|
|MO141||Patient Advocate for Medical Insurance||3|
|WE280MOAD||Coop Ed - Medical Office Accounting||4|
BA101 Introduction to Business (Course offered online)
This is an introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the various phases of business. Emphasis is placed on ownership and organization, marketing, human resource management, management, business ethics, accounting and financial management and the importance of technology in business. The purpose of the course is to show students the interrelationship between business disciplines and to prepare students for further business study.
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: MTH020 with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course level. Students should have experience with computers, the Windows operating system and the internet, and keyboarding skills of 20 words per minute or more.
Students learn introductory skills in computer software applications (level one of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) for business documentation, data analysis, and database creation, storage and retrieval. This course utilizes an online learning and assessment system to achieve proficiencies relevant to future coursework and employment.
BA150 Developing a Small Business (Course offered online)
This course is designed for students to be introduced to important elements and steps involved in starting a small business. Students evaluate and quantify risk versus reward analysis, as well as appropriately test and protect business ideas. Students practice how to formulate a cash flow projection and determine cash needs. Additionally, students are introduced to business legal structure, building a company image, human resource needs and creating a feasibility study.
BA177 Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements (Course offered online)
This course is designed to enable students to process payroll and meet the needs of the employer and legal requirements. Students learn the basic payroll rules and regulations. In addition, students prepare all necessary payroll journal entries, updating the general ledger accounts and employee earning records, and federal, state and city tax forms. Students demonstrate in-depth understanding of payroll by completing a computerized payroll project for a three-month cycle.
BA203 Introduction to International Business
This course introduces students to a rapidly changing world environment where the success of a business depends on its ability to respond appropriately to these changes. The course design examines how businesses effectively compete in the world market by learning what individual firms have done to succeed through a comparison of their business strategies, structures and operations. Special emphasis is made on how sociocultural forces both help and hinder a company's ability to conduct its business activities. This course is not equivalent to BA203 offered from fall 1986 through spring 1999.
BA205 Business Communications (Course offered online)
This course develops required skills to communicate effectively in a business environment. Technology is viewed and used as an efficient tool for processing and presenting information in a business setting. Students learn and practice effective strategies for writing persuasive, good and bad news letters and memos. They learn interpersonal and organizational communication skills for working in groups as well as with individuals. Students collaborate to research, write and present business reports. Email, word processing, spreadsheets, online research and presentation software is used to enhance the communication process.
BA206 Management and Supervisory Fundamentals (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: BA101; or instructor consent.
This course encompasses the study, analysis and application of management and supervision functions, structure and roles. Major management processes of planning, decision making, organizing, leading and controlling are covered. There is an emphasis on application of effective management and supervision behaviors. Current relevant management and supervision issues such as motivation, communication, teamwork, diversity, ethics and global business are covered.
BA211 Financial Accounting I (Course offered online)
This is an introductory accounting course designed to serve students who plan to pursue an associate degree in a business area and/or transfer to an undergraduate degree program in any area of business. This course emphasizes external financial reporting for business enterprises. Information gathering, recording and financial statement preparation are covered with an emphasis on understanding, interpreting and applying accounting information.
BA212 Financial Accounting II (Course offered online)
This is the second course in the basic accounting sequence designed to serve students who plan to pursue an associate degree in a business area and/or transfer to an undergraduate degree program in any area of business. This course emphasizes external financial reporting. Topics covered include long-term assets, current and long-term liabilities, stockholder's equity, corporate financing with stocks and bonds, the statement of cash flow, financial statement analysis, and time value of money.
BA213 Managerial Accounting (Course offered online)
This is the third course in the basic accounting sequence designed to serve students who plan to pursue an associate degree in some business area and/or transfer to an undergraduate degree program in any area of business. This course emphasizes the use of accounting information by managers. Topics covered include managerial accounting systems, product costing, standard costs, cost behavior and analysis, profit planning, budgets, responsibility accounting and capital budgeting decisions.
BA215 Spreadsheet Applications in Accounting
Registration Requirement: BA211; or instructor consent.
Spreadsheet Applications in Accounting is designed to serve students who plan to pursue and associate degree in Accounting, or any other area of business. This course provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the Accounting Cycle and Financial Reporting in an spreadsheet environment, by using Excel or other spreadsheet applications to record transactions, execute complicated calculations, and prepare Financial Statements. Spreadsheet techniques are taught sequentially, while simultaneously reinforcing accounting concepts and processes. With the use of comprehensive examples and scenarios, students will be able to apply the skills learned in this class to professional accounting for businesses.
BA218 Personal Finance (Course offered online)
This course provides students with practical decision-making skills for managing their personal financial resources. Topics covered include setting personal goals, budgeting, use of credit, consumer spending and saving and personal investment options.
BA220 Tax Accounting (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: BA212.
In this course, students learn how to apply the fundamentals of individual income taxation. Students learn how to apply the concepts of income, deductions, exemptions, gains and losses and tax credits in the preparation of basic federal income tax returns.
An introductory study of financial management. The course covers sources of capital, financial statement analysis, the time value of money, capital budgeting, working capital management, financial structures and other factors that influence financial management decisions.
BA223 Principles of Marketing (Course offered online)
This course introduces students to traditional and internet marketing principles and policies. Major topics are marketing concepts relating to price policies and controls; trade channels and merchandising; market research; promotion; and integration of marketing with other activities of the business enterprise.
BA224 Human Resource Management (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: BA101; or instructor consent.
This course provides perspectives on important current and emerging practices to help the student develop a practical, realistic and modern view of human resource management (HRM). Students study the HRM functions of an executive or supervisor as well as the functions of the HRM director in today's business environment.
BA226 Introduction to Business Law (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: BA101; or instructor consent.
Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to understand and apply rules of law applicable to business operations. Business topics include constitutional basis, ethics and social responsibility, courts and procedures, torts, intellectual property, business crimes, contracts, warranties, formation of LLC, antitrust and e-contracts and international law.
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: BA211.
This course simulates business operations using an online computerized accounting system. Operations include business set up, vendor and customer maintenance, inventory management, bank reconciliations, financial reporting, and financial analysis.
BA231 Information Technology/Business (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: BA131 or BT210ZWA, BT210ZEA and BT210ZPA, or instructor permission. Students should have access to a PC, web browser and internet connection, email address, experience with computers, experience with the Windows operating system and the internet.
This course presents business professionals with the basic concepts and skills for the strategic use of information systems in the organization. This course describes how information systems can be applied to business processes by supporting communications, improving decision making and increasing organizational performance. The components and development of the appropriate personal, workgroup and enterprise systems are examined. Additional lab time is required for hands-on applications experience in the use of information and computer technology for communication and decision making.
BA238 Professional Sales
This course examines the salesperson's role in modern marketing. It places emphasis on buyer behavior, the sales communication process, prospecting for customers, planning the sales call, developing and giving the sales presentation, handling objections, the importance of customer service and closing the sale. Presentations provide the students with opportunities to apply sales concepts.
BA239 Advertising and Promotion
This course is a detailed examination of the purpose, preparation, placement and analysis of the various types of advertisements within each of the media, such as television, web, radio and print. The relative merits of the most popular media are examined. The course involves practice in the planning and analysis of complete advertising campaigns and their coordination with other marketing strategies. Relevant social media and social networking are researched and analyzed as a part of the overall promotional and advertising strategy.
BA249 Retail Management and e-commerce
This course studies the total management efforts needed to operate a retail establishment effectively. It addresses the manager's strategy of operation as well as the requirements of daily operation, and does so from the standpoint of the specific decisions a retail manager must make to achieve success. The retail management course addresses buying, marketing, merchandising, operations, inventory control, personnel and finance. The course also covers ecommerce and technology trends disrupting traditional retail.
BA250 Small Business Management (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: BA206; or instructor consent. Recommended WR121 and MTH065 or MTH058. Note: This is considered a capstone course; therefore, it should be taken in the last term of a business student's program.
This course introduces students to the practical and specific aspects of how to operate a small business. Students develop a comprehensive business plan. This includes operations and financial planning, raising capital, marketing and human resource planning together with leadership and time-management planning.
BA265 Operations Management - Workflow Analysis
This is a class for students interested in operations management. Working in small teams, students are trained to perform an operations workflow analysis for an area business or service organization, integrating current records and web-based information systems. Students develop team skills, consulting skills and work directly with business professionals in the organization where they perform the analysis.
BA267 Business Project Management
Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Co-requisite: BA131 or CIS122 or a combination of CIS120 and CIS120L. This course is recommended to be taken after other communication and management courses required for degree.
This is a hands-on class for students in project management. Working in project teams, students are trained to consult on projects for area businesses and service organizations, to propose realistic and effective project plans and to anticipate project management problems. Students develop team skills, consulting skills and work directly with business professionals in the organization where they prepare and present a project plan.
BA271 Financial Statement Analysis
Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH065, each with a grade of "C" or better, or placement above stated course levels; and BA211, BA212 and BA213. Note: This is considered a capstone course. Therefore, it should be taken in the last term of a business student's program.
This course is designed to enable students to interpret and analyze real world financial reports of various manufacturing, retailing and service firms from the perspective of investors, creditors and prospective employees. This analysis is used to assess a company's liquidity, profitability and solvency in order to judge whether there is a viable basis for relationship. Students also develop their ability to locate comparable industry data, rating services and credit reporting services and apply this information in their evaluation of a company's past performance and assessment of the company's future risks and rewards.
BA285 Leadership and Human Relations
Registration Requirement: Recommended BA206.
This course prepares students to become effective leaders who drive organizational change. While the assumption is made that everybody can be a leader, people often miss the opportunity because they are not ready. Students examine their existing capabilities and develop a plan for building on these in preparation to lead the 21st century organization. Additional focus is made on nurturing the development of followers and recognizing situations that either impede or facilitate effective leadership. Non-business majors are welcome.
MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
This course is designed to develop work behaviors specific to office teams in the delivery of quality contributions to the workforce. Skills receiving particular emphasis will be cultural awareness, diversity, self-management, leadership, interpersonal dynamics, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. These skills will continue to be presented, practiced and tested throughout each medical office program. Students will also gain information about office systems from employers, experienced staff members.
Additional Course Fee: $15.00
MO114 Medical Terminology I (Course offered online)
A study of medical terminology by body systems with related word elements, disease processes, diagnostic tests and abbreviations. This course covers basic word structures, terms pertaining to the body as a whole, suffixes, prefixes and the following body systems: digestive, urinary, female reproductive, male reproductive, nervous and cardiovascular. The rest of the body systems are covered in MO115 Medical Terminology II.
MO115 Medical Terminology II (Course offered online)
Registration Requirement: MO114.
This course is a continuation of MO114 Medical Terminology I. The class is a study of medical terminology by body systems with related word elements, disease processes, diagnostic tests and abbreviations. This course covers the following body systems: respiratory, blood, lymphatic, immune, musculoskeletal, skin, sense organs (eye and ear) endocrine, cancer medicine (oncology), radiology and nuclear medicine, pharmacology and psychiatry.
MO116 Medical Office Procedures
This course is designed to cover the basic procedures in a medical office. Topics include how medical office teams operate within various medical office settings; how rules of etiquette, standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and ethics are applied to office and telephone interaction; how computers and electronic medical records impact the medical office; how to use multiple telephone lines and how to communicate appropriately and effectively in writing as well as on the telephone. Students are instructed in how to manage a medical office, organize and file a patient's medical record and perform bookkeeping procedures and clerical functions.
MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures
This course is designed to cover the basic procedures in an acute care setting. Students gain information on how departments function independently and together in a hospital. They learn the responsibility of each team member within a department as well as how teams work together. Students learn how orders are processed, who to go to for answers, how to manage complicated situations, admission and discharge procedures, and how to manage and track multiple tasks. The importance in an acute care setting of the rules of etiquette, standards from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and ethics are covered. Students learn to recognize and act on reports such as lab reports, x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) and computed tomography (CTs), and telemetry data. Students communicate appropriately and effectively in writing as well as on the telephone. The use of EHR (Electronic Health Record) is introduced.
MO136 Healthcare Documentation
This course covers the fundamentals of healthcare documentation. The course introduces students to the electronic health record (EHR) as a technology-based representation of healthcare data. This course provides examples of various types of charting and highlights scenarios of correct and incorrect documentation practices. The class covers the health record format, its use, and required information. Students examine the basics of healthcare information technology as required under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), with emphasis on data security, privacy in health records, and the flow of healthcare documentation. Students navigate the EHR in a simulated lab.
MO136MA Medical Documentation
Registration Requirement: Restricted to students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.
This course covers the fundamentals of healthcare documentation as it pertains to the medical assistant. The course introduces students to the electronic health record (EHR) as a technology-based representation of healthcare data. The class covers the health record format, its use, and required information. Students examine the basics of healthcare information technology as required under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), with emphasis on data security, privacy in health records, and the flow of healthcare documentation. Students navigate the EHR in a simulated lab.
MO140 Understanding Medical Insurance
Students are given an introduction to the dynamics of commercial, state and federal health plans. Special emphasis is given to terminology, health plan components and how these components impact the patient regarding medical services. Students investigate the components of medical insurance contracts used in a medical provider's office and how these details impact a patient's ability to receive care.
MO140MA Understanding Medical Insurance
Registration Requirement: Restricted to students in the Medical Assistant program.
Students in the Medical Assistant program are given an introduction to the dynamics of commercial, state and federal health plans. Special emphasis is given to terminology, health plan components and how these components impact the patient regarding medical services. Students investigate the components of medical insurance contracts used in a medical provider's office and how these details impact a patient's ability to receive care.
MO141 Patient Advocate for Medical Insurance
Registration Requirement: MO140 each with a grade of "C" or better.
In this class, students practice the communication skills necessary to explain to patients the parts of their healthcare coverage contract. Students explain what the patients' financial obligations are and help them to identify services allowed by their contract so they can make informed decisions. Students describe and explain the Explanation of Benefits (EOB).
MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio
This course is designed to provide professional development skills in the office setting: resume formats (written and electronic), portfolio possibilities, cover letters, interviewing skills, networking, job applications and follow-up procedures.
Additional Course Fee: $35.00
MO226 Pharmacology and Disease Processes for Medical Office Occupations
This course is an introduction to the principles of pharmacology and the pharmacologic action of common drugs administered in disease processes affecting the individual body organs and systems. Drugs are studied from a body systems and disease process approach. Students learn within each system, which categories of drugs are used in the treatment of disease. Principal disease processes are studied in relation to their etiology, pertinent diagnostic procedures, signs and symptoms, pathological changes, prognosis and preferred treatment modalities.
MO230 Medical Coding I: ICD-10-CM
Students are instructed on the use of ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification), Volumes I and II. Students will understand the importance of proper ICD-10-CM coding and its effect upon the medical office, particularly in regard to reimbursement and regulation. ICD-10-CM is one of the coding systems recognized by the insurance industry, the physician and the medical office as the standard for billing and reimbursement.
Additional Course Fee: $35.00
MO231 Medical Coding II: Procedural Coding
Registration Requirement: MO230; or instructor consent.
This course is designed to provide instruction and training with the use of HCPCS codes. This class will give the student skills and knowledge necessary to assign HCPCS codes for surgery and ancillary services. Advanced techniques for efficient reimbursement strategies and compliance will be taught. HCPCS as well as ICD-10-CM are the two coding systems recognized by the insurance industry, physician and medical offices as the standard for billing and reimbursement.
Additional Course Fee: $35.00
MO232 Medical Coding III: Evaluation and Management
This course covers the evaluation and management, medicine, radiology and lab sections of CPT. Students continue to expand their knowledge of ICD-10-CM. This course is for students who want advanced knowledge and training in accurate and up-to-date reimbursement and coding for healthcare facilities.
Additional Course Fee: $35.00
MO234 CPC Review
This course is to help prepare the students to take the National Certified Professional Coding exam. This examination is required to find a position working as a coder with any facility.
MO240 Medical Office Billing I
This course covers the basics in physician medical office billing procedures. This class primarily addresses the issues that influence payments. The topics covered include documentation, information flow, insurance forms and the CMS-1500 form. Special emphasis is given to understanding the various types of health insurance and comparing the billing requirements and benefits of each.
Additional Course Fee: $35.00
MO241 Medical Office Billing II
This course covers more advanced billing procedures, including using a computerized billing program. Emphasis is on common errors that delay claims processing, office fee schedules, compliance with laws and guidelines, applying charges and payments (understanding Explanation of Benefits), insurance and collection follow-up (denials and appeals). Other areas covered are military plans, Workers Comp and Disability.
Additional Course Fee: $35.00
MO242 Applied Billing and Coding
Students participate in a simulated office setting, where they complete Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) forms, match International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) codes to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for mock reimbursement and bill mock insurance carriers. They also analyze and identify problems from Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) from insurance companies.
Additional Course Fee: $25.00
MO250 Medical Law and Ethics
This course presents the medical/legal concepts and issues pertinent to medical offices and hospitals for the medical office worker. The student is provided with a basic knowledge of law, ethics and bioethics applicable to the medical office settings. The implications for delivery of healthcare by medical office workers are discussed.
Course offered online
Cultural Literacy course