Associate Degree in Medical Office Management

Associate Degree

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management

(CIP CODE 51.0000)

Program Learning Outcomes:

The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management is to prepare you for entry-level positions in medical organizations. The program is designed for students who seek to possess a complete framework in basic medical office management concepts and skills in order to contribute and create solutions for contemporary medical office management problems. Students also learn to:
  1. Utilize analytical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills to address quality management issues in healthcare.
  2. Demonstrate a foundation of medical office management knowledge and technical skills that supports and facilitates lifelong professional development and lifelong learning.
  3. Apply critical thinking and creative and logical analysis strategies and techniques in the differentiation and evaluation of theories and approaches to solving complex medical office management problems.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of current technology and apply it to medical office management activities, systems, and processes.
  5. Apply sound management and ethical principles to the functions of planning, organizing, leading, staffing, and controlling.
  6. Apply effective oral and written communication skills to research, evaluation, and presentation in appropriate medical office management situations.
Upon successful completion of general education and specific program courses, you will possess the knowledge and skills to apply medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, billing, and coding concepts to improve performance and aid in medical decision-making skills.

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management - Degree Map:

Term Zero: Orientation
Allied Online Orientation for Students+
This course provides tutorials and instructions to help you better understand AAU’s Learning Management System. While this orientation course does not provide semester credit hours, your completion of this course provides the foundation for proper completion of further courses.
Term 1
English Composition I *+
This course is designed to help students master the traditional five-paragraph essay along with its variations. Students will learn how to support a thesis with specific evidence and how to write an effective introduction, conclusion, and title. Students will learn how to develop the nine patterns of essay development. Throughout the course, students will review all the basic grammar rules, and they will also review and apply proper APA Style.
Prerequisite: ENG 105
Medical Terminology+
This course is designed to teach the basics of medical terminology. Medical Terminology orients students to the accurate uses, definitions, spelling, and pronunciations of medical terms used in the health care field. Students will analyze terms while learning to divide them into suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms. Emphasis will be placed on relating medical terms to the structural organization of the body. Through practical applications, students will learn to link abnormal conditions and diseases with diagnostic tests and procedures. Additionally, students will be introduced to common medical abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols.
Term 2
MS Office Fundamentals+
This course will help students deve lop basic proficiency with Microsoft® Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint® through the completion of hands-on projects.
Beginning Algebra*+

Beginning Algebra
This course helps students learn the basic mathematical concepts of algebra before they move on to the next level in their mathematics curriculum. This course prepares students by having them apply some of the most common formulas and theorems.
Prerequisite: MAT 115

Term 3
Introduction to Sociology or
Introduction to Psychology* +

Introduction to Sociology
This course provides an overview of the terminology, theories, and questions used by sociologists to study how groups, cultures, institutions, norms, and values all work to shape society and an individual’s perception of the world.

Introduction to Psychology
This course is the study of the facts, principles, and theories of psychology.
Prerequisite: ENG 160

Anatomy and Physiology**+
This course will prepare students for the specificity required to interpret medical language while studying the human body. Students will possess an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and laboratory medicine. The student will learn how to identify, pronounce, spell, locate, and understand anatomical terminology to describe the structure and function of the body, the major organ systems, and the relations of one part to another. The nature of disease processes including signs, symptoms, and etiology will be presented in detail for each organ system. Interventional treatment modalities have been linked accordingly in addition to clinical applications, research issues and trends, and related issues about health and well-being. With in-depth case study analysis, students will be able to apply their skills to better understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
Co-requisite: HIT 107
Term 4
Principles of Speech Communications or
Principles of Business Communications* +

Principles of Speech Communications
This course provides the student with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches. Effective communication skills will be emphasized throughout the course, and students will learn how to organize a successful speech. Audience demographics, such as size, heterogeneity, status as captive or voluntary, and composition, will be focused upon.

Principles of Business Communications
This course focuses on the principles of communication as specifically applied in the business environment. It equips students with written and oral communication skills necessary for success in contemporary business organizations. It offers the proper use of communication tools to promote business goals. Amid today’s advancing technology, emails, instant messages, websites, and blogs are fast becoming part the communicator’s kit in addition to printed documents.
Prerequisites: ENG 160 or BUS 105

Essentials of Management+
This course offers a skill-based and practical approach to management education. It provides a concrete understanding of how processes such as planning and decision-making, theories of organization, leadership, and motivation relate to business activity. Through exercises and case studies, the student will develop managerial skills and sharpen critical thinking skills.
Term 5
Introduction to Accounting*+

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of accounting, including the effects of transactions on financial statements, accounting for professional and merchandising operations, payroll accounting, and accounting controls.
Prerequisite:MAT 115 or MAT 120

Electronic Health Information Management+
Electronic Health Information Management covers the different healthcare organizations and guides students through the various areas of the field. Students will learn the various influences of organizations, such as the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and The Joint Commission (formerly known as JHACO). Additionally, students will be introduced to Electronic Health Records (EHR) software, which is commonly used in healthcare settings. Students will learn how to enter patient demographics, store and retrieve patient records and chart notes, and transfer and important documents into the EHR.
Term 6
Business Statistics I* or
Social Science Research* +

Business Statistics I This course introduces the role of statistics in business research and decision-making and lays the foundations of statistical analysis. Students will learn about distributions, measures of location and dispersion, probability, the normal probability distribution, sampling and testing methods, and decision analysis.
Prerequisite: MAT 115, or MAT 120, or MAT 130

Introduction to Pharmacology*+

This course is designed to teach the basics of pharmacology. Students will learn to differentiate among drug classifications, terminology, spelling conventions, pronunciations, including a thorough review of mathematics and dosage calculations. Clinical implications and contraindications are reviewed for each body system. Special considerations are also discussed in detail for children, pregnant and nursing women, the aging patient population, end-of-life care, substance abuse, and herbal or alternative drug/herb interactions, and drug toxicity. Prerequisite: MAT 110

Term 7
Medical Billing and Reimbursement**+

This course is designed to orient students to the background and importance of insurance, coding, and the billing processes encountered in a physician office setting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the reimbursement process and all aspects of insurance billing for a full range of today’s healthcare plans. Emphasis is placed on the importance of accurate healthcare documentation and the contents of the medical record including: documentation requirements, legal and ethical issues, HIPAA regulations, and the AHIMA standards of ethical coding practices.
Co-requisite: HIT 107

Basic Diagnostic Coding*+

This course focuses on learning the coding conventions and guidelines for the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM medical coding systems and then applying the rules to accurately assign codes for patient medical services. You will become familiar with the ICD-10-CM Draft, the history of ICD-10 coding, and when adoption of this code set will take place. Emphasis will be placed on the coding guidelines and the official rules established for the use of the standard code sets in different healthcare settings. In addition to coding diagnostic services, a variety of healthcare payer systems are presented, such as managed care, Medicare, HMOs, and PROs.
Prerequisite: BIO 106

Term 8
Medical Office Technology+
This course teaches the skills necessary to use Medisoft Advanced Patient Accounting, one of the leading medical billing and scheduling software programs. Students will build their skills with Medisoft and will provide them with the knowledge they need to learn other medical billing software programs as well.
Basic Procedural Coding I*+
This course focuses on learning the coding rules for the CPT and Level II HCPCS medical coding systems and then applying the rules to accurately assign codes for patient medical services. Emphasis will be placed on coding for physician services in multiple settings, such as physician office, hospital, emergency room, and operating room, utilizing procedure codes from the E/M, Anesthesia, Surgery Guidelines and General Surgery, Integumentary System, Musculoskeletal System, Respiratory System, and Cardiovascular System sections of the CPT.
Prerequisite: HIT 260
Term 9
LAW189 Medical Law and Ethics 3
Basic Procedural Coding II*+
This course focuses on learning the coding rules for the CPT and Level II HCPCS medical coding systems and then applying the rules to accurately assign codes for patient medical services. Emphasis will be placed on coding for physician services in multiple settings, such as the physician office, hospital, emergency room, and operating room, utilizing procedure codes from the following sections of the CPT: Hemic, Lymphatic, Mediastinum and Diaphragm; Digestive System; Urinary and Male Genital Systems; Reproductive, Intersex Surgery, Female Genital System, and Maternity Care and Delivery; Endocrine and Nervous Systems; Eye, Ocular Adnexa, Auditory, and Operating Microscope; Radiology; Pathology/Laboratory; and Medicine.
Prerequisite: HIT 270
Term 10
MGT186 Human Resources Management 3

*Course has prerequisite requirement Total Credits: 60
**Course has co-requisite requirement

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