Jul 16, 2019  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Medical Office Specialist, Medical Coding Concentration, Technical Diploma


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The Medical Office Specialist program prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings as medical coders or billing and reimbursement specialists.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Technical Diploma in Medical Office Specialist will be able to demonstrate:

  1. ability to accurately communicate with members of the healthcare team using effective verbal and written communication while maintaining patient confidentiality and with regard to policies and procedures regulating documentation and reporting of medical information;
  2. ability to critically analyze written and verbal medical information in order to accurately assign medical codes and process billing and reimbursement;
  3. application of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology concepts to the skills of an entry level medical coder and/or billing and reimbursement specialist;
  4. utilization of computer technology to translate written medical information into a numeric code using established coding and insurance reimbursement rules and guidelines; and
  5. professional and ethical behavior in accordance with the American Academy of Professional Coders Code of Ethics, core values and standards of practice for the profession.

This program includes a required clinical component. Persons interested in pursuing this degree should be aware of all information concerning clinical programs described on the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health  page.

Specific Requirements:

Before beginning program specific courses, students must test out of READ 099  , into ENGL 101  , and into MATH 099   as documented by ACT, placement test, or course completion.

Upon the successful completion (minimum of “C”) of all qualification courses, a student may enroll in program courses. Enrollment in program courses is limited to 20 students. First semester program courses (MOS 109 MOS 110 , and MOS 113 ) are offered only in the fall semester. Second semester program courses (MOS 111 MOS 116 MOS 118 , and MOS 220 ) are offered only in the spring semester.

Students in the Medical Office Specialist program must maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better in all program course work in order to remain in the program. Any student who fails to earn a “C” or higher in program course work will not be allowed to continue in the program. The student may re-enroll in program classes the following academic year if he/she wishes to pursue the Medical Office Specialist Technical Diploma and if space is available.

Students enrolled in the clinical class (MOS 116 ) must pay a clinical fee (as listed on the BPCC website: www.bpcc.edu ) in addition to regular tuition. Students enrolled in MOS 118  and/or MOS 220  will pay a student fee in addition to regular tuition.

Students enrolled in the Medical Office Specialists program (coding concentration) must take MOS 109 MOS 110 , and MOS 113  concurrently and MOS 111 MOS 116 , and MOS 220  concurrently.

Gainful Employment:

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices. (www.bpcc.edu/academics/gainfulemployment)

Required Courses for Technical Diploma in Medical Office Specialist, Medical Coding Concentration:

Qualification Courses: 15 Hours


(must be completed prior to enrollment in program specific courses)

Required Program Courses: 19 Hours


Additional Courses Required for the Technical Diploma in Medical Office Specialist: 15 Hours


Total Credit Hours for the Technical Diploma in Medical Office Specialist: 49


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