Health Care Office Manager Degree

Health Care Office Manager Degree at Harper College

Earn a degree in medical office administration

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  • Health care office manager
  • Health insurance specialist
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical receptionist

Prepare for a career as a health care office manager with this comprehensive, 60-credit-hour degree program. You’ll develop the skills necessary to manage day-to-day operations of a medical facility. Upon graduation, you can obtain employment in medical offices, clinics, extended care facilities, home health care agencies or various departments with acute-care settings.

You’ll take a variety of courses designed to give you a thorough understanding of health care office management. Areas of study include health care technology and informatics, medical terminology, health care records management, legal and ethical issues in health care, math applications in health care, principles of health insurance billing and health care office management. During the final semester of the program, you’ll also complete a medical office capstone project.

AAS degree program requirements

This 60 credit-hour program is designed for individuals seeking a rewarding career in healthcare as a Health Care Office Manager. Develop the skills necessary to manage the day-to-day office operations of a medical facility. This degree prepares the student for employment in medical offices, clinics, extended care facilities, home health care agencies, or various departments within acute-care settings. For more information attend a Health Career Information Session or schedule an appointment with your academic advisor or program coordinator.

FIRST SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all BIO, HSC and MOA courses.

Number Course Title Credits Category
BIO 135 4 AAS General Education

Description: Surveys the human body, with emphasis on basic physical and chemical concepts, anatomy, physiology and embryology. Designed to meet the needs of students in certain allied health career programs. Knowledge of high school biology is assumed. (NOTE: Not Lab science credit.)

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

ENG 101 3 AAS General Education

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

HSC 112 2 Program Requirement

Description: Emphasizes the origin and the basic structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms and plurals. Offers pronunciation, spelling, and definition of medical terms based on the body systems approach. Emphasis on rendering a professional vocabulary required for work in the health care field.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MOA 100 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides an introduction to the profession of medical assisting. Emphasizes communication, professionalism, OSHA standards, HIPAA, pharmacology and introduction to medical specialties.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MOA 145 2 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces types of patient-care records prepared and maintained by health care personnel. This includes elements of records, record keeping, medical record confidentially, privacy, security, administrative and clinical use of the electronic health record, and reimbursement. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are utilized for the course. A basic knowledge of computers is necessary to complete this course.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in ENG 101, and HSC 112 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

SECOND SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all BIO, HSC and MOA courses.

Number Course Title Credits Category
BIO 136 3 AAS General Education

Description: Surveys the nature of human disease with emphasis on the functional disturbances within the body systems. Designed to meet the needs of students in certain allied health career programs. Knowledge of high school biology assumed. (NOTE: Not Lab science credit.)

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

HSC 225 or

Description: Provides a comprehensive introduction into the study and application of concepts and theories from Healthcare, Linguistics and Communication. Focuses on practical applications of effective communication strategies across diverse patient populations by dissecting and discussing case studies from different healthcare departments, and by analyzing actual provider-patient interactions to understand how specific language choices contribute to constructing meaning in health communication.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

LNG 225 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a comprehensive introduction into the study and application of concepts and theories from Healthcare, Linguistics and Communication. Focuses on practical applications of effective communication strategies across diverse patient populations by dissecting and discussing case studies from different healthcare departments, and by analyzing actual provider-patient interactions to understand how specific language choices contribute to constructing meaning in health communication.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MGT 111 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MGT 150 1 3 AAS General Education

Description: Introduces arithmetic as a tool of business. Topics include fractions, decimals and percentages, computations of interest, bank discounts, depreciation, commissions, compound interest, payrolls and taxes and graph and chart design. Students must score satisfactorily on a mathematics placement test prior to registering for this course.

Prerequisite: Placement options. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MOA 150 1 Program Requirement

Description: Develops skill necessary to calculate medication dosages and solutions using the metric system. A basic math ability, including decimals, fractions and percentages, is necessary to be successful in this course.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MOA 235 3 Program Requirement

Description: Offers development of skills in medical front office procedures used in a health care facility. Emphasizes patient relations in health care by using office simulations including computer programs with introduction to electronic medical records. Strong emphasis on cultural diversity issues and application in the health care field.

Prerequisite: HSC 112 and MOA 145 with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

THIRD SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all MOA courses.

Number Course Title Credits Category
Electives2 3 Program Requirement
MGT 270 3 Program Requirement

Description: Presents the theory and major functions of management and describes the role of the manager. Major concepts in organization are developed along with an understanding of the decision-making process and consideration of the human factor in management.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MOA 195 3 Program Requirement

Description: Explores and compares major types of health insurance contracts and describes benefits and limitations. Provides practice in processing insurance claim forms (CMS-1500). Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and International Classification of Disease (ICD) coding techniques are introduced. Emphasis is on insurance rules and regulations including Medicare and Medicaid, claim submission, reimbursement and collections.

Prerequisite: BIO 135 and HSC 112 with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MOA 245 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces the qualities of a health care office supervisor necessary to effectively manage the physician's office, clinic or other health care facility. Includes human relations skills, personnel recruitment, coordinating and supervising office personnel, office facilities, the office policy manual, records management, patient education and time management. Class focuses on teaching the student how to be a supervisor but also how to work with and interact with their own supervisor(s).

Prerequisite: MOA 215 or MOA 235 with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

SPE 101 3 AAS General Education

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101 ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

FOURTH SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better is required in all MOA courses.

Number Course Title Credits Category
AAS General Education elective+ 3 AAS General Education
Electives2 6 Program Requirement
MOA 299 3 Program Requirement

Description: Guides the development of a capstone project and integrates theory and skills from MOA coursework. Discusses medical office management issues and methodologies and puts them into practice. Preparation of practice management file including policies and procedures and personnel files.

Prerequisite: MGT 111, MGT 270 and MOA 235 with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

PSY 101 3 AAS General Education

Description: Investigates human and animal behavior with emphasis on the scientific nature of contemporary and classic psychological investigation. Emphasizes psychological theories, principles, and research applications. Introduces the divisions of the American Psychological Association. References biological processes, sensation, perception, learning, memory, thinking, emotional life, mental disorders, intelligence, aptitude, personality, development, daily life and everyday problems. IAI S6 900

Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101 ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

1 - MGT 150, MTH 080, or MTH 101 or higher will be accepted.

2 - Select nine credit hours from the following courses: HSC 104, HSC 105, HIT 196, HIT 197, HIT 199, HSC 165, MOA 215, MOA 265, MOA 275, MOA 280, MOA 291.

+ - Students need to choose a course to meet this requirement that also meets the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

Program learning outcomes

Program outcomes for graduates of the Health Care Office Manager Degree include:

  • Understand the functions of medical office management.
  • Communicate effectively with employees, patients and all
    members of the healthcare team.
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills to build and
    maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of general management functions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of bookkeeping, insurance,
    collections and managed care systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical office health and
    safety regulations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the medicolegal implications
    and responsibilities related to the functioning of a medical office.
  • Perform operational and maintenance functions; i.e., inventory
    of supplies and equipment, routine maintenance of equipment.
  • Utilize computer software to maintain office systems.

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Next steps

For more information about the Health Care Office Manager program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.