Medical Office Assistant - Somerville
MOA606CT - Certificate Program
CIP Code: 51.0710
SOC Code: 43-6013
Day and Evening Programs
Program ObjectiveThe Medical Office Assistant program prepares students to be multi-functional practitioners, thoroughly prepared to perform front office and Administrative duties. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, insurance billing and coding, electronic health records, ethics, aseptic technique, universal precautions, general skills in document formatting, basic office finance, and Pathophysiology. This program delivers practical preparation in the healthcare environment. Graduates of this program may find entry-level positions as Medical Office Assistants, or Unit / Ward Clerks (in a hospital setting). It also provides the diversity of other job options in the physician’s office, insurance companies, and hospital or laboratory environment. Students will be required to complete out-of-class assignment in each course, except externship.
Course DescriptionThis course provides the students, primarily in health-related programs, an understanding of the anatomy and physiology and medical terminology of the human body. This course focuses on the following body systems: Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, the Senses, and Digestive System.
Course DescriptionThis course is a continuation of BIO101T Anatomy and Physiology I. This course provides students with an understanding of the structure, function and medical terminology of the remaining organ systems. This course focuses on the following body systems: Endocrine System, Respiratory System, Circulatory System, the Blood, Lymphatic and Immune System, Urinary System and the Reproductive System.
Course DescriptionThis course will prepare the student to understand basic computer principles and use electronic records in a medical practice. The Electronic Medical Records course is designed to train future users of electronic health records programs to document patient exams, diagnosis, disorders, and coding. By the completion of this course the student will have the ability to understand and implement the electronic health records software, including data entry at the point of care, electronic coding from medical records using the latest in electronic health records, utilize advanced techniques to speed data entry, use the electronic health records to improve patient care, understand the privacy and security of health records, and use the electronic health records through different technology modes.
Course DescriptionThis course is a study of the purpose, use and application of medical classification systems, nomenclatures and other terminologies, including International Classification of Diseases Coding. Emphasis is placed on the current version of the International Classification of Diseases federal coding guidelines, coding conventions, and coding principles. Students will practice code assignments using various types of healthcare documentation (such as: inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, physician’s office).
Course DescriptionThis course provides the student with the knowledge to understand the background and importance of insurance claims completion, accounts receivable, coding, and billing. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the basic electronic health information process and the opportunity to apply necessary knowledge for the release of patient information and maintain HIPAA privacy rules. The student will have the opportunity to understand basic principles and terminology of electronic data interchange (EDI) and to demonstrate understanding of computers, records management, and electronic claims submission.
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to teach the student the importance of maintaining a professional demeanor at all times along with knowledge of the law and the possible consequences of unprofessional behavior. While participating in a virtual medical office simulation, the student will learn how to work within their scope of practice as a member of a team, set measurable goals and develop time management skills and conflict resolution. In addition, the student will be able to identify and process an ethical problem and to explain the differences between ethical issues and legal issues. Administrative competencies of the medical office, including keyboarding, insurance forms, patient billing, and the uses of specialized forms and reports and office management are included.
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to further train the student in normal office skills including the use of Microsoft and word processing. The student will be taught basic presentation skills and computerized reports. They will learn to create documents, templates, macros, and various aspects of desktop publishing. The basic skills associated with keyboarding techniques will be re-enforced.
Course DescriptionThis course introduces skills and strategies that will help students be successful in completing their course of study and in entering the world of work. The overall goal of this course is to facilitate a smooth transition to school by engaging the students in curriculum focusing on academic and life skills. Students will make connections with key personnel within the school who will assist with their questions and provide guidance throughout their education. Students learn about time management, financial management, goal setting, learning strategies, career awareness and critical thinking strategies that will provide them with skills to be successful in school and in life. Learning to work well in teams and individually are positive outcomes of the way this course is taught. Students will learn important computer and digital technology concepts and skills necessary to succeed in careers and in life. No prior computer experience is assumed. Students will become familiar with essential concepts, including an introduction to computers and the Internet.
Course DescriptionThe student now applies practical application of all skills learned in a medical front office setting (i.e.: Doctor’s Office, Insurance Company, Billing Center).