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The Medical Secretary transcribes dictation, prepares correspondence, records, and charts. Persons in this position need to know medical office terminology; be familiar with hospital, clinic, and laboratory procedures; and understand medical laws and ethics. In addition, the Medical Secretary may interact with patients, schedule appointments and meetings, work with patient files and records, and prepare insurance forms and billings.
A strong background in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary is necessary to succeed in this program. Medical Secretaries must have fast and accurate keyboarding skills, a good personal and professional working attitude, be detail oriented, organized, eager to learn, willing and able to assume responsibility, and must exercise initiative and good judgment. Students planning a Medical Secretarial career should complete as many high school business courses as possible or plan to spend the beginning term in general secretary and core courses, particularly keyboarding and communications classes as needed.
Program outcomes include:
• Plan and produce professional written business correspondence and medical correspondence using correct English and proofreading skills.
• Plan and deliver verbal presentations using correct English skills.
• Demonstrate keyboarding production proficiency.
• Apply ARMA indexing and filing procedures and rules appropriate in a medical setting.
• Transcribe mailable dictated medical reports and documents using correct medical transcription skills.
• Demonstrate ability to correctly spell, define, and pronounce medical office terminology and/or abbreviations.
• Demonstrate proficiency with drug reference books.
• Utilize computer productivity software for business applications.
• Integrate medical office tasks such as insurance, coding, banking, telephone techniques, billing, and scheduling of appointments.
• Apply learned skills and knowledge from the Medical Secretary program in an actual or simulated medical setting.
• Exhibit ethical behavior, a positive self-image, and professional conduct.
• Develop a job search plan, prepare appropriate documents, and exhibit appropriate interview skills.
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|ADSC1415||4||Keyboarding I||This course is designed for the beginning Administrative Support student. The objective of the course is to teach proper typing techniques; to build speed and accuracy; and to utilize a professional word processing system for business applications, such as document storage and retrieval, editing, and document distribution. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or equivalent or instructor's consent) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1420||3||Business Communications||This course covers the development of business communication skills and applying them along with proofreading skills, when creating business documents such as letters, memos, and informal reports. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing, keyboarding/word processing ability or concurrent enrollment in a keyboarding course) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/ 0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1421||3||Business Presentations||This course covers development of business communication skills in the following areas: one-to-one communications, small- and large-group presentations, business telephone usage, voice-mail techniques, conducting business meetings, listening skills, and the use of presentation software for enhancing business presentations. (Prerequisites: ADSC1420, ADSC1430, or ADSC1719; concurrent enrollment in either of these courses or instructor's consent) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1422||2||Business Vocabulary/Proofreading||This course aids in the mastery of business vocabulary and spelling skills and their application in proofreading business documents. (Prerequisites: READ0465 and ENGL0460 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1430||3||Microsoft Office||An introductory course, in the basics of computer technology, using business application software. Through hands-on use students will learn fundamental concepts of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation graphics and how they integrate. (Prerequisites: READ0465 and ENGL0460 or concurrent enrollment; ability to type a minimum of 20 wpm) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1610||3||Medical Office Terminology||This course introduces word analysis by study of word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and abbreviations common to the medical office/profession. This class has a business focus with emphasis on the written aspect of medical office terminology following medical transcription rules developed by the American Association of Medical Transcriptionists. A heavy focus is placed on vocabulary building techniques to teach the meaning, spelling, correct usage and pronunciation of medical terms for accuracy in transcription, coding, and completion of insurance forms. (Prerequisites: College level reading & writing)(3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1611||3||Medical Office Procedures I||This introductory course to medical office procedures covers medical office career opportunities, medical ethics and laws, meetings, telephone techniques, appointment scheduling, filing, patient records, mail, fee collection, and medical office pharmacology. (Prerequisites: College-level reading & writing)(3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1612||3||Medical Office Procedures II||This course is a continuation of MOPI. Medical topics covered include integration of medical office tasks: bookkeeping, payroll procedures, billing, health insurance, appointment scheduling, patient data input, and CPT and ICD diagnostic coding. (Prerequisites: ADSC1611) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab 0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1614||3||Health Insurance and Billing||This course will provide an introduction to the various types of insurance plans, legal considerations involved in claim processing, basic steps in ICD-9-CM and CPT coding, HCPCS, and ADA coding, insurance terminology, and causes for claim rejections. (Prerequisites: ADSC1610 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1621||3||Medical Office Anatomy and Physiology I||This business course covers human body anatomy and physiology with emphasis on spelling accuracy, terminology, abbreviations, and diagnostic and laboratory tests. A heavy focus is placed on the proper pronunciation of medical terms, diagnostic and operative terms for accuracy in medical machine transcription, coding, and insurance form completion. (Prerequisites: ADSC1610 or concurrent enrollment) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1622||3||Medical Office Anatomy and Physiology II||This business course is a continuation of Medical Office Anatomy & Physiology I. Students continue learning the body systems by studying and analyzing body structure and function with emphasis on spelling accuracy, terminology, abbreviations, and diagnostic and laboratory tests. A heavy focus is placed on proper pronunciation of medical terms, diseases, diagnostic and operative terms for accuracy in medical machine transcription, coding, medical assisting, and insurance courses. Study of diseases, organs, and structures by various anatomical systems will be covered. (Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ADSC1621) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|ADSC1625||4||Medical Machine Transcription||This course introduces medical machine transcription and covers transcription of dictated medical material into a variety of usable medical documents. Emphasis is on authentic forms and material, building speed and accuracy, proofreading, advanced editing, and correcting errors. (Prerequisites: ADSC1621 and ADSC1415) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs)|
|ADSC1715||2||Word Processing||This course provides students with the opportunity to learn word processing for employment or home use and to utilize a microcomputer as a word processor. Students will learn to create, edit, format, save, print manage, and enhance documents. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or instructor's consent) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)|
|FYE1000||1||Student Success Seminar||This course is mandatory* for students in their first semester of college who are taking READ 0455 or READ 0465 or ENGL 0450 or ENGL 0460 and/or are pursuing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Fine Arts degree at Lake Superior College.
*Students who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course and are in good standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion).
*Students who have earned 24 college credits post high school and are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA and 67% credit completion).
|FYE1000||1||Student Success Seminar||This course is mandatory* for students in their first semester at Lake Superior College. It provides a foundation for students to make a successful transition to college by: (1) creating a connection to the college community and resources, (2) introducing tools for academic success, and (3) developing personal, academic, and career goals. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
- Students who have not declared a degree or diploma
- Students who are in a certificate or diploma program of fewer than 37 credits
- Students in good academic standing who have earned 12 credits including an Introduction to College course
- Students in good academic standing who have earned 24 college credits post high school|
REQUIRED PRE-TECHNICAL COURSE (NOTE: IF STUDENT TYPES LESS THAN 20 WPM.)
ADSC1710 INTRODUCTION TO KEYBOARDING 1 CR
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, ENGL0460 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, READ0465 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.
Required Pre-technical Course:
• ADSC 1710, if student types less than 20 wpm