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Understanding the needs of today’s health care industry and anticipating the needs of tomorrow is at the heart of the School of Health Sciences programs at Kaplan University. We know that one of the most important areas of growth in the expanding health care field is the management of medical information. In every medical office across the country, you will find a team of trained professionals who work with patient records, medical documents, and other medical office matters.
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management program is designed to prepare you to be well positioned for a career as part of this professional team. This is a career field that is expected to offer much faster-than-average job growth through 2020.* At Kaplan University, we want you to be exceptionally prepared to take advantage of the opportunities in this rewarding field.
In the medical office management program coursework you will study how to:
The medical office management program is offered online† and on campus. Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete an externship at a real-world health care facility to gain valuable on-the-job experience.
Certification is an important qualification often required by employers. When you graduate from this program you will be eligible to pursue medical office management certifications, such as the Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) examination given by the American Medical Technologists and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).‡
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Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Management degree is designed to
qualify you for the position of medical administrative specialist, which
includes medical records management, insurance processing, coding and billing,
management of practice finances, information processing, and fundamental office
management tasks. Career opportunities for medical office managers exist in
doctors' offices, medical facilities, hospitals, insurance offices, pharmaceutical
companies, and labs.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Sep 17, 2014
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Oct 15, 2014
Online and Campus Start Date
Nov 12, 2014
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 91
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course will show students the reimbursement side of health care and the importance of correct coding and billing practices to both the facility and the patient. Students will gain insight into the various types of health insurance plans, and also study compliance as it relates to reimbursement.
None | Corequisite: HI 255
Total Program Credits: 91
This course focuses on established medical diagnosis and procedural coding systems including a study of nomenclature versus classification systems, basic coding principles, and application of coding guidelines in outpatient and inpatient settings.
None | Corequisite: SC 131
In this required introductory course, students will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. Students will create a personal education plan, choosing appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
This course emphasizes the basic principles and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts, physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the importance of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.
This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.
Studies include the most common diseases of
bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic
tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also
study alternative treatments and pain
The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.
This course will introduce students to the
fundamental concepts and practice of medical office accounting.
Topics include basic bookkeeping procedures, accounts receivable,
payroll, banking processes, petty cash, and billing and
Students are familiarized with the content,
format, and management of the medical health record including the
utilization of the electronic medical record. Students compare
and evaluate the electronic medical record with the traditional
printed medical record. Students evaluate the reliability and
accuracy of data found in the medical record.
This course introduces students to procedures
commonly performed in a health care setting with special
attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety.
Specific competencies will include vital signs, medical office
emergencies, exam preparation, and basic
The course explores guidelines for running the
medical office. Topics include personnel management, governmental
compliance, risk assessment, and basic business
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.
Successful completion of this course will require 90 hours of administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies at the end of the course. The course requires a final presentation. The online version of MO 290 requires each student to work with the School of Health Sciences clinical staff to locate an externship site a minimum of two terms prior to beginning the externship.
MO 270 and permission of the Clinical Placement Team
Total Program Credits: 91
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Office-and-Administrative-Support/Secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm (Accessed November 2013) National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Some Kaplan University programs are not 100 percent online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.