Medical Office Assistant - Certificate Program

The modern medical office requires individuals trained in medical facility procedures, as well as administrative, technical, and secretarial skills. The Medical Office Assistant Certificate program combines medical secretarial skills with study of basic biological principles, public health sciences, and medical office clinical procedures.

Many career opportunities are available in the medical office assistant field. Graduates of this program will find they have a special advantage when seeking employment in physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics, and health maintenance organizations. Students also have the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience (see BI-950, 951, 952, Medical Office Assistant Field Experience; BU-909, Cooperative Education in Business).

The majority of the courses are offered in both the day and evening sessions. All courses carry college credit and may be applied toward an Associate or Bachelor's degree.

Students are advised to check course descriptions for prerequisites and co-requisites.

For further information, students should contact the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology or the Department of Business.

Common Core Requirements

Courses Credits
ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
BI-111: Introduction to Human Biology 3
Subtotal 6

Major Requirements

Courses Credits
BI-150: Organization and Delivery of Health Care 2
BI-260: Patient Care Coordination 2

BI-340: Assisting in the Medical Office:Clinical Testing Procedures

2

BI-341: Assisting in the Medical Office:Medical Assisting Procedures

2

BU-801:Typewriting/Keyboarding I1

2

BU-812: Transcription and Dictation of Business Documents

2
BU-903: Medical Office Procedures
BU-907: Word Processing 3
BU-917: HealthCare Information Management 3
Subtotal 21

Electives

Courses Credits
Advised electives2 3
Subtotal 3

Total Credits Required

30

1 Students who have had previous training in typewriting/keyboarding may replace BU-801 with 2 free elective credits. To be excused from BU-801, the keyboarding/ typewriting course that was taken at another institution must be evaluated and approved by a full-time member of the Office Administration and Technology (Business Department) faculty. In addition, students requesting to be excused from BU-801 must pass an exam which consists of the following:

• The ability to touch type for 3 minutes between 35-40 words per minute with a maximum of 3 errors

• The ability to format business documents (letters, memorandums, manuscripts, tables) using word processing software at a professional level

OR

Students who have had previous training in typewriting/keyboarding may receive 2 credits for BU-801 by passing Credit by Exam which consists of the following:

• The ability to touch type for 3 minutes between 35-40 words per minute with a maximum of 3 errors

• The ability to format business documents (letters, memorandums, manuscripts, tables) using word processing software at a professional level

Those taking Credit by Exam must register and pay for the course. An additional fee is charged for those taking Credit by Exam. Those students who pass Credit by Exam are given credit for BU-801 and receive a grade of P. Those students who do not pass Credit by Exam must complete the BU-801 course in which they have already registered. Students must take Credit by Exam within the first two weeks of the semester.

2 Advisement is a cooperative effort by the Department of Business and the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology, and is conducted in line with the student’s background, interests, and goals.

Recommended Course Sequence

The number of credits you take each year will determine when you graduate. To graduate on time, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in at least 30 credits toward your degree during the calendar year, including fall and spring semesters and winter and summer sessions.

Certificate in Medical Office Assistant 

Fall Semester #1

List of courses with credits and prerequisites and co-requsites to complete the semester
Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

ENGL 101 English Composition I (Required Core 1.A.: English Composition)

3

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

*BU 801 Typewriting/Keyboarding I

2

Pre-req. for BU 801: None

BI 111 Introduction to Human Biology (fulfills Flexile Core 2.E.)

3

None

BI 520 Introduction to Public Health (Required Core 1.C. - Life & Physical Sciences)

4

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

BU 907 Word Processing

3

None

Total credits for the term

15


Spring Semester #1

List of recommended courses with credits and prerequisites and corequisites to complete the semester and the certificate program
Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

BU 802 Typewriting/Keyboarding II OR

BU 812 Transcription and Dictation of Business Documents

2

Pre-req.: BU 801

BU 903 Medical Office Procedures

3

Pre-req.: BU 801

BI 340 Assisting in the Medical Office: Clinical Testing Procedures

2

Pre-req.: BI 111, BI 520

BI 341 Assisting in the Medical Office: Medical Assisting Procedures

2

Pre-req.: BI 111, BI 520

**Advised electives

3

Check individual courses prerequisites and co-requisites

Free electives

3

Check individual courses prerequisites and co-requisites

Total credits for the term

15

Total credits required for the Certificate in Medical Office Assistant

30

Notes:

  1. *Students wishing to be excused from BU-801 (Typewriting/Keyboarding I) must obtain approval from a full-time member of the Office Administration and Technology (Business Department) faculty. If approved, BU 801 may be replaced with 2 free elective credits. Those wishing to receive 2 credits without attending BU-801 (credit by exam) must register and pay for the course and pass a placement test within the first two weeks of the semester. See the QCC catalog for more detailed information.
  2. **Advisement is a cooperative effort by the Department of Business and the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology, and is conducted in line with the student's background, interests, and goals.
  3. Indicate if any courses are only offered in fall or spring terms

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