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Medical Office Administration
The Oulton College Medical Office Administration Diploma Program prepares you for careers in the ever-changing Medical and Dental Administrative fields. You can be a vital part of a health care team, providing patients with a positive and professional experience.
Our program is ideal for individuals who want to help provide care and comfort to patients. Depending on your career choice, you may be the first contact for patients while being responsible for general administrative tasks such as medical billing, collecting fees, scheduling appointments, filing, purchasing supplies and equipment to keeping the waiting and examining rooms in order. If you chose to work in a hospital setting you may work in a unit assembling and disassembling charts, processing medical orders and other administrative duties.
Our Medical Office Administration program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:
- Communications and Interpersonal skills: interacting with clients, confidence and demeanor.
- Dental and Medical Office procedures: record management, phone etiquette, scheduling.
- Keyboarding: training to achieve graduation target of 50 words per minute.
- Medical Transcription: medical documents, chart notes and physical reports.
- Medical Terminology: in Physiology and Anatomy.
- Medical Office Software: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word and Access.
- Personal and Professional Development: resume writing, interview process, time management and professional expectations.
- Simply Accounting: computer based accounting procedures.
After 8 months of classroom and practical experience and hands-on instruction, your program concludes with a 6-week practicum placement.
If you are passionate about caring for others, enjoy multi-tasking, have good communication skills and want a career that is both exciting and rewarding, our Medical Office Administration Program may be just the program for you.
Duration: September 2013 – June 2014
Practicum: 6 weeks
Medical Office Administrators are often the first people you see when you enter a medical office. They greet you, get you settled in, maintain your records and keep the doctors on track in a sea of waiting clients.
Our Medical Office Administration Program equips you with the skills you need to work productively in a busy health care office or setting.
- Medical Offices
- Health and Wellness Clinics
- Dental Offices
You Will Learn
- Medical and Dental Procedures
- Patient/Client Confidentiality Practices
- Medical Ethics
- Efficient Scheduling Techniques
- Medical Keyboarding
- Medical Terminology
- Dental Team Operations
- Responsibilities of Dental Office Administrators
- Dental Terminology
- Insurance Billing
- Scheduling of Treatments
- Office Procedures
- Medical Transcription
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft Word
Spelling, pronunciation and meanings of medical terminology are taught in this course. The identification of a medical word through structural analysis (prefixes, root words, and suffixes) also is taught. This course includes an overview of anatomy and physiology, which is learned while studying each body system. Simple, non-technical explanation of medical terms is incorporated with descriptions of anatomy, physiology, and pathology (no previous knowledge of biology is presumed or needed). The student becomes familiar with clinical procedures, laboratory tests, and abbreviations related to each body system and other specialized areas of medicine.
HOSPITAL PROCEDURES, PHARMACOLOGY AND MEDITECH
This course will introduce the student to the role of the Medical Administrator/Ward Clerk working in a hospital setting. Basic concepts of pharmacology will be taught and common classification of medications and their therapeutic usages. They will learn how to use drug reference material. The student will be introduced to the patient chart, patient Kardex, basic Meditech system principles, and forms associated with different hospital tests and procedures.
INTRODUCTION TO SIMPLY ACCOUNTING
This course provides students with minimal experience in the field of bookkeeping or accounting learn the skills and terminology necessary to work with computerized accounting in a small business. Through a progressive set of lectures and challenge exercises in each chapter, students gain the knowledge and get the practice to complete basic computerized accounting work.
MEDICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES
Students are introduced to proper techniques to ensure patient/client confidentiality; efficiently schedule patient/client appointments; medical ethics; screen, triage, manage incoming and outgoing calls; records management such as creating, maintaining, and proper disposal of medical charts; discuss the importance of security, privacy, and confidentiality of health records and explain how to preserve them; understanding different components of the medical charts; and other administrative office procedures. Students will also learn how to use the Physician’s Manual and simulated billing and order entry software. Also covered are details of the Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission of New Brunswick billing system, and private billing procedures.
This aspect of the course places emphasis on proper keyboarding techniques and mastery of the keyboard. Emphasis is also placed on speed and accuracy by the development of skills in typing a variety of medical documents. Students must reach 50 words per minute in order to graduate.
The student learns to use modern transcription equipment and will develop speed and accuracy during medical transcription. Transcription skills, retention skills, proof- reading/editing medical reports, and the ability to follow oral instructions are practiced. Emphasis is focused on accuracy and speed. The student will learn to efficiently transcribe and create appropriate medical documents such as: history and physical reports, consultations, chart/progress notes, X-ray reports, operative reports, and business letters.
DENTAL OFFICE PROCEDURES
The student will receive comprehensive education and training in the application of charting, tooth numbering systems, dental terminology, types of dental treatment, dental specialties and complete dental insurance details.
This module is used by the student who may want to obtain one-on-one instruction with an instructor. This optional module is completed on Friday mornings during the entire duration of the program. The student does not receive a mark for this module as it is optional.
Emphasis in this area is placed on giving the student competence in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software, which is becoming the software of choice for most of today’s medical offices. The student becomes familiar with the operation of Microsoft’s latest office software Office 2007, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. The student also learns to use E-mail to communicate productively and the Internet as an effective office tool.
COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
This module covers the most important rules of medical grammar, punctuation, capitalization and writing numbers. Students will test their understanding by completing exercises correlating to every rule and subject covered in the module. The module is designed to enhance the confidence of the student as to the mastery of the rules of English grammar and punctuation.
The student that meets all the work term criteria will be placed in a work environment for a six-week period.
- Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
- Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
- Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
- Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package