Medical Office Specialist - Associate Degree at Capps College
The Medical Office Specialist Program is a 77.0 Quarter Credit Hour program of study containing 1060 hours of training that prepares the student for entry-level employment as a Medical Office Specialist. Medical Office Specialists work in doctors' offices, clinics, and hospitals. Areas of specialization can include medical secretarial, medical receptionist, medical transcription, or medical insurance billing and coding. Their duties may include: typing, filing, handling telephone calls and appointments, obtaining vital signs, taking medical histories, maintaining patient records, transcribing, and office care. The Medical Office Specialist curriculum stems from the philosophy of the Capps organization and the standards of the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The program of study provides educational preparation for the medical office specialist occupation by combining classroom experiences with a supervised externship to validate competencies in medical office skills. A list of text books utilized in this training program is included within the supplement to this catalog. Normal completion time for day students is ten months and for night students, thirteen months. Classes are conducted Monday through Thursday. Day students attend classes six hours per day, for thirty-five weeks, and night students attend classes four hours per day for fifty-five weeks. The clinical rotation portion is forty hours per week for five weeks (200 hours). Medical Office Specialist students are required to take and successfully pass the national certification examination for Medical Office Assistants (NCMOA) administered through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) as a prerequisite for assignment to externship. A drug screen and back-ground check are also required. As of the publication date of this catalog, licensing is not required by the States of Alabama or Florida. Licensing requirements vary by State. A diploma is awarded to graduates.