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Medical Secretary - Diploma

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Medical Secretary - 40 credit Diploma
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Estimated Costs for this Major

Tuition/Fees:$7,582
Tools:N/A
Books/Supplies:$1,600
Total:$9,182
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
COMP2515
Computers: Issues and Applications
This course will develop computer concepts and applications for the general computer user. The focus may include such topics as: historical events and current/future trends, PC (personal computer) concepts, file management and storage, the Internet, digital communications, and computer security, ethics, and privacy. The course will examine the computer's role as a productivity tool in society through an understanding of computing systems and proficiency in popular software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics), as well as online learning software. Microsoft Office 2013/Office 365 is required software for those taking this course online. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
7 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
ADMS1417
Word Processing I
This course covers utilization of word processing software to perform basic word processing applications. (Prerequisite: ADMS2410 Keyboarding I or concurrent enrollment) (2 Credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
ADMS1419
Business Communications
This course provides the study and practice necessary to develop competence in using language effectively and appropriately in business communications. Emphasis is placed on providing a practical grasp of the principles of English usage and style that build the framework for effective business communication. This course develops basic writing techniques for use in composing memos, e-mail messages, and letters. (Prerequisite: ENGL0528 or a minimum score of 78 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Test.) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ADMS2410
Keyboarding I
Students will learn the alphabetic and number keys by touch using proper techniques on the computer keyboard; improve speed and accuracy; format basic business documents including memos and letters; and proofread and apply language arts skills. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MEDS1207
Anatomy & Physiology Disease Conditions
This course covers the introduction to human anatomy and systems with an emphasis on medical terminology, abbreviations, diagnostic tests and diseases for the human body. Study of disease by anatomical systems. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MEDS1210
Medical Terminology
This course covers word analysis by the study of word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and abbreviations common to the medical profession. Comprehension is expected concerning combining word parts, recognizing the meaning of the new term, understanding and writing anatomical, diagnostic, radiologic, surgical, and therapeutic terms. (Prerequisite: None) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1212
Medical Office Procedures
This course covers the integration of medical office tasks. It will cover rules and procedures of filing to include inspecting, indexing, coding, sorting, storing, and retrieving documents in alphabetic, numeric, and subject systems. Applications include manual storage and retrieval. This medical office simulation presents tasks as if the students were actually employed. Jobs include maintaining patient files, transcribing medical dictation consisting of a variety of medical reports, using diagnostic and procedural codes, preparing health insurance claim forms, preparing monthly bills, and processing phone messages. (Prerequisite: MEDS1210 or concurrent, MEDS1214 or MEDS1215 or MEDS1216 or concurrent.) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1216
Medical Machine Transcription I & II
This course covers the transcription of dictated medical material into a variety of medical documents. Students will be able to describe the content and purpose of the various medical documents transcribed. Students will key challenging dictated medical reports while being introduced to all body systems and specialized procedures. (Prerequisites: MEDS1210 or concurrent, ADMS1417 or concurrent) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1218
Advanced Medical Machine Transcription
This course will enable students to become proficient in the transcription of dictated medical material into a variety of medical documents. These documents include history and physicals, discharge summaries, diagnostic imaging reports, death summaries, radiology reports, pathology reports, laboratory reports, and psychological summaries. (Prerequisite: MEDS1210, MEDS1216 or concurrent) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
MEDS1221
Interpersonal Career Concepts
This course is designed specifically for students in allied health occupations including Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, and Medical Coding Specialist. Students will learn effective communication skills within a medical setting. The course will cover effective tools needed to establish healthy interpersonal relationships within a students personal life, family life, community, and workplace. Decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, and creative thinking will be introduced. Conflict resolution skills, harassing behavior, resume writing and professional interview techniques will be identified. (Prerequisites: None) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1605
Legal & Ethical Aspects of Health Information
This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues facing professionals in health occupations. Course content will include, but not be limited to, topics such as access to medical care, informed consent, confidentiality of health care information and exceptions to confidentiality, mandatory reporting obligations such as child and elder abuse, privileged communications between health care providers, advance directives, abortion, physician-assisted suicide. This course is intended to expose students to situations with ethical implications. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
MEDS1610
Pharmacology
This course is designed specifically for students in allied health occupations including Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Coding Specialist. Students will learn to identify drugs by classification, characteristics of typical drugs, indications, most common side effects, precautions, contraindications, route of administration, generic and trade names. Students will gain knowledge of drug abbreviations and symbols which is required for accurate interpretation of physicians' orders. Medical terminology is essential to understand the pharmacology terminology introduced. (Prerequisite: MEDS1210 or concurrent) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
 
33 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 40



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