Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist


Administrative Support Technology
Medical Office Specialist (298-02)


Course # Course Title Credit Prerequisite Courses (if applicable)
AST 101

Keyboarding I

Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, reports and tabulation.

AST 102

Keyboarding II

Develops keyboarding and document production skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy.

3 AST 101
AST 107

Editing/Proofreading Skills

Develops skills essential to creating and editing business documents. Covers grammar, spelling, diction, punctuation, capitalization, and other usage problems. 

HIM 150

Health Records Management

Presents documentation format and content of the medical record relevant to the coding function. Introduces application of standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and acquisition of health information. Examines the processes of collecting, computing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to health care services. Includes legal and regulatory guidelines for the control and use of health information data.


HIM 113

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I

Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical terms; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part I of II. 

3 EDE10 and Program/Plan 152, 285, 221-286-01 or 298-02.
HIM 130

Healthcare Information Systems

Teaches basic concepts of microcomputer software (to include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. Focuses on microcomputer applications and information systems in the Healthcare environment. Provides a working introduction to electronic health information systems for allied health, teaching students how the adoption of electronic health records affects them as future healthcare professionals.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

Assists students in transition to colleges. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. May include English and Math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation

Eligible for HDM HIPAA Certification upon completion of HIM 130
AST 141

Word Processing I

Teaches creating and editing documents, including line and page layouts, columns, fonts, search/replace, cut/paste, spell/thesaurus, and advanced editing and formatting features of word processing software.

3 AST 101 or equivalent
Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Word Associate Certification upon completion of AST 141
AST 271

Medical Office Procedures

Covers medical office procedures, records management, preparation of medical reports, and other medical documents. 

3 AST 102 Co-requisite
HIM 114

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes II

Continues the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical term; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part II of II.

3 EDE 10
ITE 175

Email Essentials

Focuses on providing the student with a working knowledge of introductory email function. Includes the basic concepts of customizing email and using all the email capabilities for reading, creating, sending emails, managing calendar functions and managing contacts, tasks, and notes.

Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook Associate Certification upon completion of ITE 175
HIM  226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation

Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient’s health records. 

HIM 143

Managing Electronic Billing in a Medical Practice

Introduces principles of administrative practice management. Examines patient scheduling, records management, financial systems and other systems/procedures. Focuses on the development of organizations and decision making skills utilized by the practice manager.

Eligible for National Health Career Association Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist Certification
ACC 115

Applied Accounting

Presents practical accounting procedures for retail stores, professional individuals in firms, and personal service occupations. Covers the accounting cycle, journals, ledgers, preparation of financial statements and payrolls, and checking account management

AST  205

Business Communications

Teaches techniques of oral and written communications. Emphasizes writing and presenting business-related materials

ENG 111

College Composition I

Introduces and prepares students to the critical processes and fundamentals of writing in academic and professional contexts. Teaches the use of print and digital technologies to promote inquiry. Requires the production of a variety of academic texts, totaling at least 4500 words (15 pages typed) of polished writing. This course requires proficiency in using word processing and learning management software. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course.

3 Readiness for ENG 111
AST 243

Office Administration I

Develops an understanding of the administrative support role and the skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes the development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and job performance skills in a business office environment. 

3 AST 101, AST 141, and EDE 10 
    Humanities Elective 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
AST 244

Office Administration II

Enhances skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes administrative and supervisory role of the office professional. Includes travel and meeting planning, office budgeting and financial procedures, international issues, and career development. 

3 AST 243 or equivalent
AST 290

Coordinated Internship

Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial, or service firms coordinated by the college. 

3 Readiness for ENG 111

Eligible for ACT Career Readiness Certification while enrolled in AST 290

ITE  140

Spreadsheet for Business

Provides a working knowledge of a commercial spreadsheet package to include design and development of a variety of worksheets, preparing graphs, working with database queries, macro writing, menu techniques, and decision analysis tools.

Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Associate Certification upon completion of ITE 140
MTH 132

Business Math

Provides instruction, review, and drill in percentage, cash and trade discounts, mark-up, payroll, sales, property and other taxes, simple and compound interest, bank discounts, loans, investments, and annuities. This course is intended for occupational/technical programs.


3 See Table M for placement information
     Social Science or Humanities Elective 3  
Upon completion of AST-Medical Office Specialist degree course requirements, students are eligible for National Health Career Association Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Certification.
Total Program Credits 66  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options 

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

For Further Information, Contact:

Jane Jones, Dean of Business & Information Technology 276-523-9057

Sabrina Ward 276-523-9060