Medical Administration

The Anoka Technical College Medical Administrative Specialist program offers two  awards: a 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

 

 

The Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Medical Administrative Specialist is a 60-credit program that takes four semesters to complete.

See Industry Information.

 

Prerequisites

See Credits:

ADSC Course Prerequisites:
[A] The prerequisite to this course is COMP0100 (Basic Computer Keyboarding) or equivalent.
[B] The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1010 (Keyboarding I) or equivalent.
[C] The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1196 (MS Word) or equivalent.
[D] The prerequisite to this course is COMP1000 (Intro to Computers) or equivalent.
[E] The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1031 (Business English).
[F] The prerequisite to this course is passing grade on the assessment testing for applicable content.
[G] The prerequisite to this course is ADSC1040 (Medical Terminology).
[H] A documented keyboarding skill of 50 WPM will be required to successfully pass this course.

 

 

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

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. An individual who is disqualified from having direct contact with patients as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Anoka Technical College will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 60
 Technical Education Requirements

 [A-H] see Prerequisites; ** see below
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: Quickbooks
2
 COMP 1000   Introduction to Computers [A]
3
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records
2
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I [A]
3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills [F]
3
 ADSC 1038  Administrative Office Procedures [B,D&H]
4
 ADSC 1040  Applied Medical Terminology [G]
2
 ADSC 1053  Office Bookkeeping [F]
3
 ADSC 1141  Integrated Software Application [C&D]
3
 ADSC 1161  Microsoft PowerPoint [D]
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel  [D]
2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access [D]
2
 ADSC1196  Microsoft Word [B]
4
 ADSC1205  Written Business Communications [E]
3
 ADSC1282  Medical Office Procedures [B&G]
3
ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills [C]
1
ADSC 1341  Electronic Career Search
1
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:

 ENGLISH  Choose ONE Transferable course
 SPEECH  Choose ONE Transferable course
 PSYCHOLOGY  Choose ONE Transferable course from ONE of these categories
 SOCIOLOGY
 

Any remaining credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the Anoka Technical College Web site for a list of the MnTC courses and their goal areas.

Full-Time Sequence

[A-H] see Prerequisites; ** see below
 First Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I [A]
3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills [F]
3
 ADSC 1053  Office Bookkeeping [F]
3
 COMP 1000   Introduction to Computers [A]
3
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 TOTAL
14
 Second Semester
 ADSC 1040  Applied Medical Terminology [G]
2
 ACCT 1065  Computerized Accounting: Quickbooks
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel  [D]
2
 ADSC 1196  Microsoft Word [B]
4
 ADSC 1205  Written Business Communications [E]
3
 ADSC 1282  Medical Office Procedures [B&G]
3
 TOTAL
16
 Third Semester
 ADSC 1038  Administrative Office Procedures [B,D&H]
4
 ADSC 1161  Microsoft PowerPoint [D]
2
 ADSC 1181  Microsoft Access [D]
2
 ENGLISH  Choose ONE Transferable course
4
 PSYCHOLOGY  Choose ONE Transferable course from ONE of these categories
4
 SOCIOLOGY
 TOTAL   16
 Fourth Semester
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records
2
 ADSC 1141  Integrated Software Application [C&D]
3
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills [C]
1
 ADSC 1341  Electronic Career Search
1
 SPEECH  Choose ONE Transferable course
3
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)
4
 TOTAL
14

* Any transferrable General Education course.

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

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

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

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

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.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Medical secretaries generally advance by being promoted to other positions with more responsibility. Some become office managers. Medical secretary experience can also lead to jobs as sales representatives for drug companies or for manufacturers of computer software.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018

Deb Catlett
763-576-4025

The Anoka Technical College Medical Receptionist diploma is a 42-credit program. Graduates will have the skills to work in these professional settings:
  • Physician's offices
  • Health clinics
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Medical laboratories
  • Hospital admitting departments
  • Other medically related facilities

Prerequisites

See Credits:

* The prerequisite to this course is COMP 0100 Basic Computer Keyboarding

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. An individual who is disqualified from having direct contact with patients as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Anoka Technical College will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Background Study

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. An individual who is disqualified from having direct contact with patients as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Anoka Technical College will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
 42
 Technical Requirements
 
Course Number Course Title Credits 
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
COMP 1004 Electronic Health Records
ADSC 1010 Keyboarding I 3
ADSC 1031 Business English Skills 3
ADSC 1038 Administrative Office Procedures 4
ADSC 1040 Applied Medical Terminology 
2
ADSC 1053 Office Bookkeeping        3
ADSC 1141 Integrated Software Applications
ADSC 1161 Microsoft PowerPoint 2
ADSC 1171 Microsoft Excel  2
ADSC 1181 Microsoft Access  2
ADSC 1196 Microsoft Word 4
ADSC 1205 Written Business Communications 3
ADSC 1282 Medical Office Procedures
3
ADSC 1340 Business Job Seeking Skills 1
HLTH 1040 Medical Terminology
2
 TOTAL        42
 
 

Program Sequence

 FULL-TIME Sequence 
 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title Credits 
 ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I  3
 ADSC 1031  Business English Skills  3
 COMP 1000  Introduction to Computers  3
 HLTH 1040  Medical Terminology
2
 TOTAL
11
 
 Spring Semester
 ADSC 1040   Applied Medical Terminology 
2
 ADSC 1171  Microsoft Excel  
 ADSC 1196  Microsoft Word  4
 ADSC 1205  Written Business Communications  3
 TOTAL
11
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 ADSC 1038  Administrative Office Procedures  4
 ADSC 1053  Office Bookkeeping 3
 ADSC 1161  Microsoft PowerPoint
2
 ADSC 1181   Microsoft Access 2
 TOTAL
11
     
 Spring Semester
 ADSC 1141  Integrated Software Applications 3
 ADSC 1282  Medical Office Procedures
 ADSC 1340  Business Job Seeking Skills 1
 COMP 1004  Electronic Health Records  2 
 TOTAL    9

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

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

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Medical Receptionist diploma transfers into the Anoka Technical College Medical Administrative Specialist associate in applied science (AAS) degree.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

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.

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Darla Cullen
763-576-4018 

Start

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Darla Cullen

763-576-4018

Deb Catlett

763-576-4025

May Johnson

763-576-4194

“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. ”