According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care support occupations are projected to increase 34 percent from 2014 to 2020. Galveston College’s Medical Office Administration degree offers students the courses, training and knowledge to work in the following health-related occupations:

• medical front office;

• certified coding and billing clerk/specialist;

• medical administrative assistant; 

• medical transcriptionist;

• medical records technician; and

• medical office manager.

The skills needed to meet the demands of today’s medical office have been carefully integrated into each of the programs at Galveston College. Following the first 36 hours of study, students are awarded the Medical Coding Certificate, which offers a working knowledge of the skills required of a medical office billing and coding professional.

The program prepares students for third-party medical coding certification exams and provides focused training in health information management, health records management and advanced medical billing.

Second-year courses lead to the Medical Office Assistant Certificate, which prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, surgical facilities, insurance companies, urgent care centers and doctors’ offices.

These certificates follow a course sequence that leads to the two-year medical office administration associate of applied science degree.

There are many medical office positions

Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. 

Medical transcriptionists

Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other health professionals make and convert them into written reports. They interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries and other documents.  

For information, call 409-944-1401.

Register for 2014 fall classes now

Early registration for the 2014 fall semester is in progress. Early registration hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

General registration for the fall semester will be Aug. 18-21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Late registration will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 25.

For information, call the Advising and Counseling Center at 409-944-1220. 

Inside UHCL is compiled by the communications department at the University of Houston Clear Lake.

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