Beginning fall semester, Owens Community College will offer a new Medical Office Support associate degree program.
The program will be offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses through the School of Business and Information Systems. The program recently received formal approval by the Ohio Board of Regents. “ Owens Community College’s School of Business and Information Systems is proud to offer a new academic program that will meet the needs of medical offices in Northwest Ohio and the surrounding communities,” said Mazhar Anik, Owens chair of Information Systems and Office Administration.
“Medical office support professionals are in increasing demand and the need for trained specialists is greater than ever before. Also, advances in technology have expanded the role of today’s office professional and have changed the way that individuals work in the office environment. The goal of this program is to provide students with the necessary training to become multi-skilled personnel who are capable of performing administrative procedures in the medical, clinical and health care setting.”
Owens’ associate degree in Medical Office Support will require approximately 70 credit hours of coursework, which includes contemporary business, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, integrated office communication, office procedures, administrative office management, medical records and coding, and medical office simulation, among other academic curriculum.
The new program will serve to prepare entry-level medical office assistant specialists, medical receptionists and medical office specialists in administrative duties such as scheduling, information systems, office equipment operations, and medical record-keeping, as well as processing insurance and payments. Additionally, second-year students will complete a 150-hour cooperative work experience in a medical, clinical or health care setting.
Upon completion of the program, individuals will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to work in medical settings such as physician offices, clinics, group practices, hospitals and allied health organizations.
For more information, call 567-661-7280 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext 7280. Fall Semester classes begin Aug. 18.