Associates of Applied Science in Medical Administrative Specialist
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Alexandria Technical and Community College currently offers a Medical Office Administration Associate in Applied Science (AAS). This course prepares students for work in medical and other health care offices, where not only administrative knowledge is important but a certain amount of medical knowledge is necessary as well. In this program students will learn about the many aspects that are important in the health care system, including: medical terminology, information systems, medical coding, billing and insurance, diagnostic and procedure coding, and legal and ethical issues.
Courses will also include administrative work such as office management, administrative and support functions, and formatting and word processing. Students will also learn developmental skills that are a part of medical facilities, such as business math, accounting, and expository writing. Medical classes also include Medical Terminology, Medical Research, Health Care Systems and Practices, and Medical Transcription. Finally, students must complete an internship or approved technical elective during the fifth semester to complete their degree. Students must also select six general education courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, which include subjects in science, communications, and the humanities.
Upon graduation, students will be eligible for administrative employment in medical and dental offices, hospitals, insurance companies, laboratories, medical supply companies, and other health care organizations.
A Medical Administrator is an employee in a medical establishment, such as a private practice or hospital, who is responsible for the medical establishment’s basic operations. The individual ensures the appropriate healthcare services are delivered to clients. Administrators have a broad range of responsibilities: they work with patient billing and insurance, schedule appointments, and create medical transcripts dealing with diagnosis and procedures. Although they are not professional healthcare providers, administrators must have solid knowledge about medical policies and procedures in order to best meet the needs of patients and to make sure the office runs efficiently and productively, making them a vital member of any medical team.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
Official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.
Alexandria Technical and Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Alexandria, Minnesota, and gives students the opportunity to pursue more than 50 programs of study. Students can complete programs ranging from Associate’s degrees in Business and Accounting to furthering skill sets in Mechatronics and Design & Engineering Technology. Additionally, students can enroll in Associate’s degree programs targeting General Education or follow more specific career paths.
Alexandria Technical and Community College understands that busy lifestyles and nontraditional students require greater flexibility. Therefore, online opportunities provide a solution. Online coursework retains high academic standards. Students have access to individualized attention through personal advocates and the college also provides ongoing technical support. An online self-assessment allows students to test readiness for online learning.
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