The Medical Office Specialist program is designed to prepare the student to work in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals/medical centers, clinics, health insurance companies and other health-related businesses. The office specialist works with administrative areas in the practice―including front office, transcription, insurance and billing―and is often the first contact with the patient. This program is not, however, designed to prepare the student for direct patient care.
The Medical Office Specialist Diploma differs from the AAS degree in that it is 46 contact hours versus 64, does not include an internship, and does not offer auxiliary classes such as speech, accounting, etc. If a student chooses to receive a diploma and proceed to the work world, there is always the option of completing the AAS degree at a later time. Once employed, it would be wise to check with your employer about tuition reimbursement as an option to paying for completing your AAS degree.
To successfully complete this program, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A grade of “C” or better is required in the first course of a sequential course offering before enrolling in the second-level course of the sequence or in the prerequisite course. This includes ADM 157 , ADM 215 , BCA 131 , BCA 212 , HSC 120 , HSC 121 , MAP 141 , MAP 532 , MTR 120 and MTR 121 .
A student successfully completing the prescribed coursework is eligible to receive a diploma.
For more information about the Medical Office Specialist program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/btec/.
Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.
Students start Fall semester.
Not all courses are offered every semester. Academic advisors are available to assist with scheduling classes.
Program Entry Requirements
It is strongly suggested to meet with an academic advisor prior to applying for this program.
- Complete an application for admission.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
- Complete the required COMPASS testing, obtaining a satisfactory score in COMPASS Writing (70 or higher), ACT writing score of 19 or higher, completion of ENG 060 with a grade of “B” or higher or program chairperson approval.
- Complete the required ALEKS math placement with a score of 9% or higher.
- Keyboarding speed of 40 nwpm or above as demonstrated by a five-minute test at the DMACC testing center.
To earn a Medical Office Specialist diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.