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					VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2011-2012 CATALOG



                                        CAREER STUDIES CERTIFICATE (221-285-87)

                                 HIM: Medical Office Specialist
Purpose: Positions in medical offices are plentiful           CurriCulum and Other requirements
across the nation. This career studies certificate is         mediCal OffiCe speCialist and related COurses                                Credits
designed to prepare personnel to perform a variety of
medical office functions. Examples include scheduling         AST 101 ............. Keyboarding I....................................................3
of appointments, maintaining health records, coding           AST 107 ............ Editing/Proofreading Skills .........................3
                                                              AST 141* .......... Word Processing I ...........................................3
clinical data, completing health insurance forms, and
                                                              HIM 149 ............ Intro to Medical Practice Mngmnt ...........2
carrying out billing and collections functions.
                                                              HIM 190 ............ Coordinated Internship for HIM ................2
Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities             HIM 226 ............ Legal Aspects of Health Record
include positions in physicians’ offices, HMOs,                                     Documentation ...............................................2
managed care practices, urgent care centers, and in           HIM 253* .......... Health Records Coding .................................4
other health related agencies.                                HIM 254* .......... Advanced Coding and
                                                                                    Reimbursements ............................................4
Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the              HLT 143 ............. Medical Terminology I ..................................3
general admission requirements for admission to the           HLT 144* ........... Medical Terminology II .................................3
college.                                                      Total Minimum Credits for Certificate ..................... 29

To be successful in the program, students must have
                                                              * This course has a prerequisite. Prerequisites for all courses are
demonstrated English competency to be placed in               listed in the course description section at the back of the catalog.
English 111. Students who do not achieve this level will
be required to take developmental courses.

Program Requirements: Students with no coding                 suggested sChedule
background should take HIM 195 Introduction to                 first Year                                   spring
Coding before committing to this program.                      fall                                         AST 141
                                                               AST 101                                      HIM 253
                                                               AST 107                                      HLT 144
                                                               HIM 149 (fall only)
                                                               HIM 226
                                                               HLT 143

                                                               seCOnd Year
                                                               fall
                                                               HIM 190
                                                               HIM 254




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