Medical Administration

The Anoka Technical College Medical Administrative Specialist program offers two awards: a Medical Administrative Specialist AAS degree and a Medical Receptionist diploma.

Medical administrative specialists perform a variety of tasks necessary to run a medical office.  Duties may include:
  • Transcribing reports
  • Composing and processing correspondence
  • Accounting for payments and posting charges
  • Completing insurance forms
  • Coordinating patient care
  • Scheduling patient appointments
  • Recording and delivering messages
  • Maintaining financial records
  • Maintaining patient files
  • Making calls for physicians
  • Arranging hospital admissions for patients 
  • Arranging physicians' meetings/conferences

 

 

This program prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment with specific study in medical terminology, electronic health records software, and office bookkeeping.

Medical office procedures course work includes learning practice management software to include setting patients’ appointments, maintaining physicians’ calendars, billing, and messaging as well as specific interpersonal communications skills necessary in a medical setting. Students will gain competence in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is developed while grammar, punctuation, and writing skills are polished. Students are well prepared for employment in any medical office environment.

 

Prerequisites

A.  The prerequisite to ADSC1010 Keyboarding I is ADSC1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding.
B.  The prerequisite to ADSC1021 Keyboarding II is ADSC1010 Keyboarding I.

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 60
 Technical Education Requirements

 [A-B] see Prerequisites
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding 
2
 ADSC 1055
 Electronic Health Records
2
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I [A]
3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills 
3
 ADSC 1038  Administrative Office Procedures 
4
 ADSC 1042  Applied Medical Terminology for Scribing
2
 ADSC 1045  Office Bookkeeping 
4
 ADSC 1142  Integrated Software Application
4
 ADSC 1162  Microsoft PowerPoint 
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel  
2
 ADSC1196  Microsoft Word [B]
4
 ADSC1206  Written Business Communications
4
 ADSC1283  Medical Office Procedures 
4
ADSC 1451  Technology Tools for the Workplace
3
HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 TOTAL    45
 
 General Eduaction/MnTC Requirements
15

Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:

 INTS 1000
Critical Thinking Application for College
3
Choose 12 transferable credits from THREE different MnTC goal areas 
12

Full-Time Sequence


 First Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding
2
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills 
3
 ADSC 1054  Office Bookkeeping 
4
 ADSC 1196
 Microsoft Word
4
  INTS 1000  Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
 TOTAL
16
 
 Second Semester
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I
3
 ADSC 1206  Written Business Communications
4
 ADSC 1451  Technology Tools for the Workplace
3
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 Gen Ed/MnTC
  4
 TOTAL
16
 
 Third Semester
 ADSC 1045  Administrative Office Procedures 
4
 ADSC 1055
 Electronic Health Records
2
 ADSC 1162  Microsoft PowerPoint 
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
Gen Ed/MnTC
 
4
 TOTAL   14
 
 Fourth Semester
 ADSC 1042
 Applied Medical Terminology for Scribing
2
 ADSC 1142  Integrated Software Application
4
 ADSC 1283  Medical Office Procedures
4
 Gen Ed/MnTC
4
 TOTAL
14

Although the general education courses are listed in the sequence above, the courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Graduation Requirements

A documented keyboarding skill of 45 net words per minute on a 5-minute timing is required for graduation from this program.

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

In this fast-growing health care field, the medical administrative assistant functions in physicians’ offices, health clinics, outpatient facilities, medical laboratories, hospitals, health insurance companies, medical supplies and equipment businesses, and pharmaceutical companies.

Job duties/skills may include the following: transcribing medical documents/reports, composing and processing correspondence, accounting payments and posting charges, coding of diagnoses and procedures, processing insurance claims, coordinating patient care, scheduling patient appointments, recording and relaying messages, maintaining various financial records, maintaining patient files, making calls for physicians and other healthcare personnel, arranging hospital admissions, scheduling surgeries, using automated record system to access, enter and edit patient information, and arranging physicians’ meetings and conferences.

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state.  

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018

Deb Catlett
763-576-4025

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

 

This program prepares students with the broad range of technical and communications skills needed for success in today’s office work environment with specific study in medical terminology, electronic health records software, and office bookkeeping.

Medical office procedures course work includes learning practice management software to include setting patients’ appointments, maintaining physicians’ calendars, billing, and messaging as well as specific interpersonal communications skills necessary in a medical setting. Students will gain competence in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Keyboarding speed and accuracy is developed while grammar, punctuation, and writing skills are polished. Students are well prepared for employment in any medical office environment.

Prerequisites

The prerequisite to ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I is ADSC 1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding.

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 45
 Technical Requirements
 
Course Number Course Title Credits 
ADSC 1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding.
2
ADSC 1055
Electronic Health Records 2
ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I [A]
3
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills 3
ADSC 1045 Administrative Office Procedures 4
ADSC 1042 Applied Medical Terminology for Scribing
2
ADSC 1054 Office Bookkeeping 4
ADSC 1142 Integrated Software Applications 4
ADSC 1162 Microsoft PowerPoint 2
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel 2
ADSC 1196 Microsoft Word 4
ADSC 1206 Written Business Communications 3
ADSC 1283 Medical Office Procedures
4
HLTH 1040 Medical Terminology
2
 TOTAL 42
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
3
 INTS 1000
Critical Thinking Applications for College
3

Full-Time Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title Credits 
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding
2
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills  3
 ADSC 1054
 Office Bookkeeping
4
 ADSC 1162
 Microsoft PowerPoint
2
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 INTS 1000
 Critical Thinking Applications for College
3
 TOTAL
16
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC 1010
 Keyboarding I
3
 ADSC 1042
 Applied Medical Terminology for Scribing
2
 ADSC 1206  Written Business Communications  4
 ADSC 1283
 Medical Office Procedures
4
 TOTAL
13
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC 1045  Administrative Office Procedures  4
 ADSC 1055  Electronic Health Records
2
 ADSC 1142  Integrated Software Applications
4
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel
2
 ADSC 1196
 Microsoft Word
 4
 TOTAL
16

Graduation Requirements

A documented keyboarding skill of 45 net words per minute on a 5-minute timing is required for graduation from this program. 

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Industry Information

This career area prepares people to work in health clinics, physician’s offices, outpatient facilities, medical laboratories, hospital admitting departments, and other medically related facilities. Those working in this field may be expected to schedule patient appointments; explain clinic policy to patients; receive and relay messages; process incoming and outgoing mail; schedule hospital patient admissions; retrieve patient charts; assist in reimbursement procedures; keyboard hospital documents and forms; maintain the reception area; and use automated record systems to access, enter and edit patient information.

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state.  
Wages/Outlook/Adv.

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018 

Deb Catlett
763-576-4025

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

“I came back to college full of fear and self-doubt. With encouragement and support from my instructors, I found the courage to excel and strive to accomplish all that I could. ”