Alamance Community College
2020 Calendar Year

Medical Auditor Concentration • Semester by Semester

The combination of MED-121/MED-122 may be substituted for OST-141/OST-142.
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ACA-111 College Student Success 1 1
ACA-111   College Student Success PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

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MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 5 4
MAT-152   Statistical Methods I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a project-based approach to introductory statistics with an emphasis on using real-world data and statistical literacy. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate technology to describe important characteristics of a data set, draw inferences about a population from sample data, and interpret and communicate results.

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OST-131 Keyboarding 3 2
OST-131   Keyboarding PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers basic keyboarding skills. Emphasis is placed on the touch system, correct techniques, and development of speed and accuracy. Upon completion, students should be able to key at an acceptable speed and accuracy level using the touch system.

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OST-137 Office Applications I 4 3
OST-137   Office Applications I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the concepts and functions of software that meets the changing needs of the community. Emphasis is placed on the terminology and use of software through a hands-on approach. Upon completion, students should be able to use software in a business environment.

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OST-141 Medical Office Terms I 3 3
OST-141   Medical Office Terms I PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course uses a language-structure approach to present the terminology and vocabulary that will be encountered in medical office settings. Topics include word parts that relate to systemic components, conditions, pathology, and disorder remediation in approximately one-half of the systems of the human body. Upon completion, students should be able to relate words to systems, pluralize, define, pronounce, and construct sentences with the included terms.

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OST-148 Medical Insurance and Billing 3 3
OST-148   Medical Insurance and Billing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces fundamentals of medical insurance and billing. Emphasis is placed on the medical billing cycle to include third party payers, coding concepts, and form preparation. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the life cycle of and accurately complete a medical insurance claim.

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Semester Total 19 16
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OST-134 Text Entry & Formatting 4 3
OST-134   Text Entry & Formatting PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • OST 131 or appropriate placement score

This course is designed to provide skills needed to increase speed, improve accuracy, and format documents. Topics include letters, memos, tables, and business reports. Upon completion, students should be able to produce documents and key timed writings at speeds commensurate with employability.

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OST-138 Office Applications II 4 3
OST-138   Office Applications II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course is designed to improve the proficiency in the utilization of software applications used in business offices through a hands-on approach. Emphasis is placed on in-depth usage of software to create a variety of documents applicable to current business environments. Upon completion, students should be able to master the skills required to design documents that can be customized using the latest software applications.

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OST-142 Medical Office Terms II 3 3
OST-142   Medical Office Terms II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course is a continuation of OST 141 and continues the study, using a language-structure approach, of medical office terminology and vocabulary. Topics include word parts that relate to systemic components, conditions, pathology, and disorder remediation in the remaining systems of the human body. Upon completion, students should be able to relate words to systems, pluralize, define, pronounce, and construct sentences with the included terms.

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OST-164 Office Editing 3 3
OST-164   Office Editing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a comprehensive study of editing skills needed in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, proofreading, and editing. Upon completion, students should be able to use reference materials to compose and edit text.

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OST-247 Procedure Coding 4 3
OST-247   Procedure Coding PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides in-depth coverage of procedural coding. Emphasis is placed on CPT and HCPCS coding systems. Upon completion, students should be able to properly code procedures and services performed in a medical facility.

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Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 3
Semester Total 21 18
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ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3 3
ENG-111   Writing and Inquiry PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-098

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

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OST-248 Diagnostic Coding 4 3
OST-248   Diagnostic Coding PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides an in-depth study of diagnostic coding. Emphasis is placed on ICD coding system. Upon completion, students should be able to properly code diagnoses in a medical facility.

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Semester Total 7 6
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OST-149 Medical Legal Issues 3 3
OST-149   Medical Legal Issues PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the complex legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in providing health-care services. Emphasis is placed on the legal requirements of medical practices; the relationship of physician, patient, and office personnel; professional liabilities; and medical practice liability. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of current medical law and accepted ethical behavior.

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OST-153 Office Finance Solutions 4 3
OST-153   Office Finance Solutions PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces basic bookkeeping concepts. Topics include entering data in accounts payable and receivable, keeping petty cash records, maintaining inventory, reconciling bank statements, running payroll, and generating simple financial reports. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the entry and manipulation of data to provide financial solutions for the office.

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OST-181 Office Procedures 4 3
OST-181   Office Procedures PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the skills and procedures needed in today's office. Topics include effectively interacting with co-workers and the public, processing simple financial and informational documents, and performing functions typical of today's offices. Upon completion, students should be able to display skills and decision-making abilities essential for functioning in the total office context.

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OST-184 Records Management 4 3
OST-184   Records Management PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course includes the creation, maintenance, protection, security, and disposition of records stored in a variety of media forms. Topics include alphabetic, geographic, subject, and numeric filing methods. Upon completion, students should be able to set up and maintain a records management system.

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OST-264 Medical Auditing 3 3
OST-264   Medical Auditing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides instruction on how to apply regulations and policies to perform medical record audits for provider services. Emphasis is placed on understanding the scope of an audit, statistical sampling methodologies, performing a medical record audit, and compiling data for reports to improve the revenue cycle for healthcare services. Upon completion, students should be able to perform a medical audit.

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Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 3
Semester Total 21 18
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OST-243 Med Office Simulation 4 3
OST-243   Med Office Simulation PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • OST 148

This course introduces medical systems used to process information in the automated office. Topics include traditional and electronic information resources, storing and retrieving information, and the billing cycle. Upon completion, students should be able to use the computer accurately to schedule, bill, update, and make corrections.

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OST-265 Healthcare Compliance and Regulations 4 3
OST-265   Healthcare Compliance and Regulations PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides instruction in the areas of healthcare regulations, medical necessity, health and privacy laws, and compliance practices. Emphasis is placed on regulatory control and compliance issues as well as Medicare regulations related to billing. Upon completion, students should be able to abstract the medical documentation for the purpose of medical necessity and apply regulations that are important in the medical auditing process.

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OST-266 Advanced Medical Auditing 4 3
OST-266   Advanced Medical Auditing PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides instruction on finalizing the audit report, determining trends of a healthcare facility, and communicating the audit report. Emphasis is placed on determining the audit report contents, analyzing the coding trends, compiling a formal report of findings, and delivering the audit results. Upon completion, students should be able to develop and present an audit report to the healthcare facility.

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OST-286 Professional Development 3 3
OST-286   Professional Development PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course covers the personal competencies and qualities needed to project a professional image in the office. Topics include interpersonal skills, health lifestyles, appearance, attitude, personal and professional growth, multicultural awareness, and professional etiquette. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate these attributes in the classroom, office, and society.

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ENG-115   Oral Communication PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • Take DRE-096

This course introduces the basic principles of oral communication in both small group and public settings. Emphasis is placed on the components of the communication process, group decision-making, and public address. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the principles of effective oral communication in small group and public settings.

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ENG-115 Oral Communication 3 3
COM-231   Public Speaking PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • RED-070 or DRE-096

This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and deliver well-organized speeches and participate in group discussion with appropriate audiovisual support.

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COM-231 Public Speaking 3 3
Semester Total 18 15
TOTAL CREDITS 73

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