Medical Office Technology
There remains a high demand for certified, skilled professionals in medical offices and other facilities. Graduates of the Medical Office Technology program may work in a variety of settings including medical clinics, hospitals, chiropractic clinics, dental offices, billing and insurance services. Success in this program and field requires being highly motivated, an interest in health and medicine, “people” skills, ability to multitask, excellent time management skills, and attention to detail.
Medical secretaries and administrative assistants perform a variety of clerical and organizational tasks such as scheduling appointments, data entry, organization and management of health information and medical records by ensuring quality, accuracy, accessibility and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code medical diagnoses and treatment for reimbursement purposes, handle general billing and accounts, file insurance, and assist with transcription. Good communication skills are necessary to work with patients, physicians, medical staff, vendors and insurance companies. Most work in comfortable office settings while other may work remotely from home.
High school students interested in a career as a medical office technologist should take courses in biology, anatomy, math, English, and computer familiarization.
Features of the program include:
- computer training and simulation clinic lab with up to date equipment
- training in administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, data entry, management of the electronic health record, medical coding, billing and insurance.
- one year Diploma or two year Associate Degree options are available
- graduates of the program may apply for a variety of certification exams in transcription, coding, insurance and billing specialist
Program Admission requirements
- High school diploma or GED
- Completion of Iowa Lakes Community College Application for Admission; high school and prior college transcripts
- Basic skills assessment in writing, reading, and mathematics are done with every entering student at Iowa Lakes utilizing one of the following: ACT, ASSET or COMPASS.
- Students must complete an advising session with the program coordinator before being admitted to the program
- Arts and Science courses may be taken prior to completing medical office technology program core courses.
- Core courses must be taken in sequential order and be completed with at least a “C” or “P” in classroom and clinical competencies.