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Medical Office Professional Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 024A

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer-limited course offerings

Medical Office Professionals are critical to the support of clinical staff in the health care industry. Physicians, nurses and other direct patient contact personnel rely on well-trained medical office professionals to assist them in the creation, maintenance, and retention of quality medical documentation based on patient care. The medical office professional’s job may include transcribing medical documents, creating and processing correspondence, scheduling patient appointments, scanning documents into digital health records, releasing patient information, collecting or abstracting medical data, understanding reimbursement methodologies, meeting physician documentation needs, and other related duties.

Applicants should possess excellent communication skills, meticulous attention to detail, good spelling, finger dexterity, and extreme accuracy in their work. Candidates considering this field should be comfortable reading and analyzing data for long periods of time, listening to dictated material for extended periods, assisting the patient documentation needs, and working on an independent basis.

Career Opportunities

Medical Office Professionals enjoy salaries in the top bracket of office professionals. Some may advance to office supervisors or managers with further education; and some may develop their own business based on their medical office specialty, such as transcription.

The Medical Office Professional may work in a physician’s office, surgery center, specialty clinic, hospital, insurance company, government agency, research foundation, long-term care facility, dental office, consulting firm, rehabilitation center or other health care facility.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Secretarial Occupations are anticipated to increase by +/- 16% between 2018 and 2028 (www.bls.gov).

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will apply basic medical sciences in accordance to the profession.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate use of office and healthcare-based software applications.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate entry-level data collection, documentation, and healthcare regulatory practices.
  4. Graduates will apply business procedures in accordance with the medical office profession.
  5. Graduates will transcribe and edit medical reports and related office correspondence.

Program Faculty

Jennifer Anglin

Part-time/Full-time Options

This program can be completed by using a combination of online, day, evening, and Saturday courses. Part-time and full-time options are available.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer

Program Requirements

All classes must be successfully completed with grade “C” or better.

Subtotal: 41 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 7 Credits

    ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
    COMM 17XX 3 Credits
  • Goal 3 or Goal 4 3 Credits

    Goal 3: Natural Sciences
    Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
  • Goal 5: History, Social Science and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 3 Credits
  • Goals 1-10 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3 Credits
    Select a minimum of 3 additional credits

General Education Requirements: 19 Credits

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term.

All classes must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Total Semester Credits: 15

Second Semester (Year 1)

Total Semester Credits: 14

Third Semester (Year 2)

Total Semester Credits: 16

Fourth Semester (Year 2)

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Arithmetic: Score of 250+

Keyboarding Skills: Minimum of 40 WPM with 3 errors or less or a grade of “C” or better in BTEC 1400 .

Computer Skills: Basic computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet usage or a grade of “C” or better in BTEC 1418 .

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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