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Medical Office Professions - Health Insurance Coding and Claims Specialist - Advanced Certificate

Program Code: CBA.35286

The efficiency of a medical office and the quality of medical care provided depend in large part upon the staff members who supplement and support the role of the physician. As a medical office staff member, you must have strong communication skills, organizational ability, computer knowledge, and excellent human relations skills.

Health insurance coding and claims specialists accurately report physician services for reimbursement to patients’ insurance companies. They are also required to understand the legal responsibilities of medical office staff members.

This certificate has a common core of classes that is also required for the Medical Administrative Assistant Associate in Business Studies Degree. Those core classes include BIO 101, HSC 105, HSC 205, HSC 210, OAT 105, and OAT 151.

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 101W4Introduction to Anatomy And Physiology ______________
HSC 1052Medical Terminology ______________
HSC 205W2Legal Aspects of the Health Care System ______________
HSC 2101Medical Office Pharmacology ______________
OAT 105W1Time Management ______________
OAT 1162Introduction to the Medical Office ______________
OAT 1513Business Communication I ______________
OAT 1713Document Processing: Beginning ______________
OAT 2433Diagnostic Coding ______________
OAT 2443Procedure Coding ______________
OAT 2543Medical Insurance I ______________
OAT 2553Medical Insurance II ______________

30Total Credits


1 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in the following courses: BIO 101, HSC 105, OAT 151, OAT 171, OAT 243, OAT 244, OAT 254, and OAT 255.
2 - BIO 101, HSC 105, HSC 205, OAT 171, OAT 243, OAT 244, OAT 254, and OAT 255 are Key courses and must be completed within 5 years of completing certificate. Failure to complete within the stated time frame will require you to repeat this course. See graduation requirements page in catalog.
3 - Credit by exam is available for OAT 151, OAT 171, OAT 243, and OAT 244. Contact the Assessment Testing office, 989-686-9182, to arrange for credit by exam test.
4 - OAT 170 with a "B" grade or better is a prerequisite for OAT 171. Keyboarding waiver test is available for OAT 170. Contact the BIT Division office, 989-686-9127, to arrange for waiver test.
5 - HSC 105 and one of the following: BIO 101, BIO 131, BIO 132, BIO 140, BIO 152, BIO 153, BIO 160, or BIO 240, both with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) are prerequisites for HSC 210.

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