2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
    May 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Administrative Assistant Medical Office (AAS) Course Map

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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Associate of Applied Science Administrative Assistant Medical Office, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. Business English I

  • Course purpose: This course will help you build the skills needed to prepare grammatically correct business documents. You will develop skills in editing documents for grammatical correctness, and creating coherent, well-organized sentences and paragraphs.

3. Introduction to the Medical Office

  • Course purpose: You will be introduced to topics that occur in a Medical Office setting: history of healthcare system, overview of types of healthcare facilities, roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals, importance of team work and process improvement, as well as strategies for exploring the job market. 

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Keyboarding Skills

Choose one group as advised.

Group B

5. Records Management

6. Business English II

  • Course purpose: This course provides further study and practice with the writing process to create effective business memoranda, letters, and short reports. You will continue to build a strong business vocabulary and fluency with punctuation and rules. 

7. Medical Terminology

Choose one course each quarter until sequence is finished.

  • Course purpose: You will be introduced to word forms, prefixes, suffixes, and root words. You will analyze medical terms through the knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes, as well as practice pronunciation and spelling of medical terms. 

  • Course purpose: You will continue to learn the rest of the body systems practicing all the same skills as found  in BTECM 150.

8. Professional Development

  • Course purpose: You will conduct research on a career option, construct competitive career application and expand personal networks to enhance career options. In addition, you will develop a portfolio to demonstrate skill sets to perspective employers.

9. Business Mathematics

10. Customer Relationship Management

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

11. Medical Forms and Referral Management

  • Course purpose: You will be introduced to a variety of medical forms used in industry: CMS-1500, UB-92, referrals, and referral requests. Students gain understanding of documentation guidelines and completion of medical claim forms for Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, Worker’s Compensation, and Labor and Industries.

12. Electronic Health Records

  • Course purpose: You will complete common work tasks and practice data entry while creating a variety of electronic medical records (EMRs) in both inpatient and outpatient settings using training software. You will gain understanding on existing and evolving government driven standards and regulations as they apply to the healthcare environment. 

13. Human Relations in the Workplace

  • Course purpose: You will be able to distinguish personality styles, learning styles, conflict resolution strategies, and communication styles in order to develop the ability to work with myriad different personalities in the workplace. 

14. Business Communications

15. Human Biology: Anatomy & Physiology

16. Business Document Formatting: Basic

17. Business Document Formatting: Advanced

18. Ten-Key Mastery

Action Item: Prepare for Internship

At this point, you need to prepare for Internship BTECA 246 or both BTECA 245 and 246 if completing the Medical Office Associates.

19. Cooperative Work Experience

20. Microsoft Suite Skills

Take 10 credits as advised.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Total Credits 94

Program Code 565

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