Medical Administrative Professional

The Medical Administrative Professional program prepares students to work in medical office settings. The program includes training in medical office procedures as well as HIPAA compliance, electronic health record, medical coding, and health insurance practices. Students are encouraged to complete an internship in a medical facility. Career options include employment in physician offices, hospitals, surgical centers, clinics, and various government agencies.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Kathryn Striebel

Dean: Al Taccone

www.miracosta.edu/MA

Department: Business and Medical Office Technologies

Office: Building OC4800, 760.795.6811

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

Medical Office Professional

Students may earn the above-named associate degree by completing a certificate of achievement and the general education courses required for MiraCosta College's Associate in Arts degree (see Associate Degrees). Students should meet with a MiraCosta counselor to identify required courses and to develop a written educational plan for the specific degree or certificate they wish to earn.

Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

Medical Office Professional

This certificate prepares students to work in medical office settings. Students receive training in HIPAA compliance procedures, basic computer competencies, medical office procedures, medical terminology, basic anatomy, electronic health record input and maintenance, and billing and coding practices used in hospitals, medical offices, and clinics.

Required courses: 
BOT 116Office Systems and Procedures3
MAP 100Introduction to Medical Administrative Careers3
MAP 102HIPAA Compliance3
MAP 104Medical Coding3
MAP 105Medical Insurance Practice3
MAP 110Health Information Management: Introduction to the Electronic Health Record3
Select at least 6 elective units from the following:6
Word Processing
Basic Office Skills
Customer Service
Medical Keyboarding and Document Production
Internship Studies
Occupational Cooperative Work Experience
Body Systems Survey for Health Professions
Basic Medical Terminology
Total Units24

 

Certificate of Proficiency

Medical Insurance and Coding Specialist

This certificate prepares students to perform specialized work related to insurance and coding in medical settings.

Required courses: 
MAP 102HIPAA Compliance3
MAP 104Medical Coding3
MAP 105Medical Insurance Practice3
Select at least 3 elective units from the following:3
Health Information Management: Introduction to the Electronic Health Record
Internship Studies
Basic Medical Terminology
Total Units12

  

Certificate of Proficiency

Medical Office Specialist

This certificate prepares students to work in health information management offices. Students receive training in all of the medical administrative tasks performed to manage health records, identify diagnostic codes, and initiate insurance billing. Students acquire skills and training to obtain employment in all health care facilities/settings.

Required courses: 
MAP 100Introduction to Medical Administrative Careers3
MAP 102HIPAA Compliance3
MAP 104Medical Coding3
MAP 105Medical Insurance Practice3
Select one course from the following:3
Medical Keyboarding and Document Production
Health Information Management: Introduction to the Electronic Health Record
Total Units15

 

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Courses

MAP 100: Introduction to Medical Administrative Careers

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (1223.00)

This course introduces the documentation and revenue cycle operations of a medical office, clinic, or hospital office environment. Topics include the duties and responsibilities of the receptionist, scheduler, insurance biller, medical coder, transcriptionist, medical records auditor, HIPAA compliance officer, health information technician, and office manager as well as information on professional development and industry certifications for administrative medical personnel.

MAP 101: Medical Keyboarding and Document Production

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (0514.20)

This keyboarding and document production course for medical office professionals combines medical terminology with advanced word processing skills. Exercises include practicing keyboarding drills, creating medical documents, and inserting electronic entries. The course emphasizes medical terminology, procedures, phrases, and commonly used terms.

MAP 102: HIPAA Compliance

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (1223.00)

This course provides an easy-to-understand overview of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules and compliance tasks. Students summarize the analysis, training, and technology needed to properly plan and implement privacy and security policies. The course covers what HIPAA is, what is required, what the student can do to work toward compliance, and how the student can maintain compliance on an ongoing basis.

MAP 104: Medical Coding

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (1208.10)

This course provides entry-level training in medical coding. Students will develop an understanding of Current Procedural Terminology 4 (CPT-4), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9-CM) Volumes I and II, HCFA Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), as they are used in medical claims processing and record management.

MAP 105: Medical Insurance Practice

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (1208.10)

Course teaches procedures for completing insurance claims and various financial methods used in medical offices for insurance billing, collecting, etc.

MAP 110: Health Information Management: Introduction to the Electronic Health Record

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MAP 102.
Lecture 3 hours. (0514.20)

This course will provide students with an overview of all the information entered into and extrapolated from an electronic health record (EHR). Students will examine specific sections of the EHR in relation to health information management. Topics included in this course are information storage and imaging, organizing data exchanges through web databases, and real-time data collection.

MAP 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

MAP 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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