Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Office Technology program is to provide a quality education in an optimum learning environment for students interested in becoming office professionals. Courses taught in the program are designed to provide the students with the skills necessary to become a successful office professional. Students who graduate with a degree in Office Technology may find this training to be a stepping stone toward a management position or other related fields such as teaching, office and administrative support staff, supervisor, paralegal, medical assistant, office manager, human resource staff, and labor relations manager.

The Office Technology program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing an interesting, exciting career as an office professional. The introduction of the computer and other technology has helped to change and broaden the job description and duties of the office professional of today. Today’s office professional assumes a much more active role in performing day-to-day activities in the office. 

Graduates of the Office Technology program will be prepared for employment in one of many types of office environments such as those in health care.

The Office Technology program prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s ever-evolving office environment.

One-year Certificate Programs:

  • Medical Billing & Coding Certificate

Degree Requirements

Graduation requires students in all two-year degree and oneyear certificate options to achieve a grade of C- or higher in all Office Technology (OT), AHC, and PHT courses in the Medical Office Assistant degree program and one-year Medical Transcriptionist certificate program; a grade of C- or higher in all OT and IT courses in Administrative and Legal Office Assistant programs and Information Processing certificate and a 2.00 overall grade point average in all coursework.

Associate of Applied Business - Office Technology

The Office Technology program consists of the following three options: Administrative Office Assistant, Legal Office Assistant, and Medical Office Assistant.

Administrative Office Assistant option (9227)

DescriptionCredits
Related required courses:
IT 10203 MS Office and the Internet I3
IT 20303 DBMS Concepts3
IT 20403 Web Development3
PHR 21303 Business Ethics3
Total related required hours12
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses
ACC 10503 General Accounting Fundamentals3
BM 20403 Principles of Management3
BM 24503 Project Management3
BM 27403 Introduction to Business Law.3
OT 10403 Keyboarding I *3
OT 11403 Keyboarding II – Executive3
OT 23202 Office Machines2
OT 24203 Records/Database Management3
OT 27102 Executive Machine Transcription2
OT 28202 Office Practicum2
OT 28502 OT Spreadsheet Applications2
OT 28603 Word/Information Processing Applications3
TEC 23303 Office Management and Customer Relations3
Total Major Area hours35
Total required hours for degree65

* Prerequisite for this course is OT 10003 Beginning Keyboarding; or students need to be able, using proper keyboarding techniques, to type at least 40 wpm (for 3-5 minutes) with no more than 5 errors before they are permitted to take this course.
** Placement determined by testing.

 

Legal Office Assistant option (9228)

DescriptionCredits
General Education
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I**3
ENG 21403 Business and Technical Writing3
HPE 10101 Human Wellness and Physical Fitness1
LA 10001 Gateway to Success1
MTH 21404 (TM) Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Choose one of the following:
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology
3
Total General Education hours18
DescriptionCredits
Related required courses:
IT 10203 MS Office and the Internet I3
IT 20303 DBMS Concepts3
IT 20403 Web Development3
PHR 21303 Business Ethics3
Total related required hours12
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses
ACC 10503 General Accounting Fundamentals3
BM 20403 Principles of Management3
BM 24503 Project Management3
BM 27403 Introduction to Business Law.3
OT 10403 Keyboarding I *3
OT 11403 Keyboarding II – Executive3
OT 23202 Office Machines2
OT 24203 Records/Database Management3
OT 27202 Legal Machine Transcription2
OT 28202 Office Practicum2
OT 28502 OT Spreadsheet Applications2
OT 28603 Word/Information Processing Applications3
TEC 23303 Office Management and Customer Relations3
Total Major Area hours35
Total required hours for degree65

* Prerequisite for this course is OT 10003 Beginning Keyboarding; or students need to be able, using proper keyboarding techniques, to type at least 40 wpm (for 3-5 minutes) with no more than 5 errors before they are permitted to take this course.
** Placement determined by testing.

Medical Office Assistant option (9229)

DescriptionCredits
General Education
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I**3
LA 10001 Gateway to Success1
MTH 11903 Mathematics for Nurses3
PHR 21403 Medical Ethics3
AHC 10202 Standards of Patient Care2
Choose one of the following:
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology
SOC 11103 (TM) Introduction to Sociology
3
Total General Education hours15
DescriptionCredits
Related courses required:
AHC 13302 Medical Terminology I2
AHC 14302 Medical Terminology II2
PHT 11103 Pharmacology for Health Care Related Careers I3
PHT 11203 Pharmacology for Health Care Related Careers II3
PHT 12103 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers I3
PHT 12203 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers II3
Total related required hours16
DescriptionCredits
Major Area required courses
AHC 10302 Electronic Health Records2
ACC 10503 General Accounting Fundamentals3
AHC 20303 ICD Coding3
AHC 21203 CPT Coding3
OT 10403 Keyboarding I *3
OT 11603 Keyboarding II – Medical3
OT 23202 Office Machines2
OT 24203 Records/Database Management3
OT 27302 Medical Machine Transcription2
OT 28202 Office Practicum2
OT 28502 OT Spreadsheet Applications2
OT 28603 Word/Information Processing Applications3
TEC 23303 Office Management and Customer Relations3
Total Major Area hours34
Total required hours for degree65

* Prerequisite for this course is OT 10003 Beginning Keyboarding; or students need to be able, using proper keyboarding techniques, to type at least 40 wpm (for 3-5 minutes) with no more than five errors before they are permitted to take this course.
** Placement determined by testing.

Certificate Requirements

There are two certificate options under Office Technology. These are 1 + 1 certificates as they may be used to complete a two-year degree option in Office Technology.

Certificate – Medical Transcriptionist (9205)

Medical transcriptionists listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals and transcribe them into medical reports, correspondence, and other administrative material. Employers prefer to hire transcriptionists who have completed postsecondary training in medical transcription.

DescriptionCredits
AHC 13302 Medical Terminology I2
AHC 14302 Medical Terminology II2
AHC 10302 Electronic Health Records2
OT 10403 Keyboarding I*
OT 11603 Keyboarding II – Medical3
OT 27302 Medical Machine Transcription2
OT 28603 Word/Information Processing Applications3
OT 28803 Adv Medical Machine Transcription3
PHT 11103 Pharmacology for Health Care Related Careers I3
PHT 11203 Pharmacology for Health Care Related Careers II3
PHT 12103 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers I3
PHT 12203 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers II3
Total required hours for certificate32

* Prerequisite for this course is OT 10003 Beginning Keyboarding; or students need to be able, using proper keyboarding techniques, to type at least 40 wpm (for 3-5 minutes) with no more than 5 errors before they are permitted to take this course.
** Placement determined by testing.

Medical Transcriptionist Gainful Employment Disclosure

Certificate – Medical Coding & Billing (9310)

Medical coders are some of the most sought-after professionals in the health care industry. Medical coders, also commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure the quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security of health information in paper files, electronic systems, and medical billing claims. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to record and maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Medical coders review health information and convert it into medical codes for billing purposes. Every medical visit results in at least two codes, one for the service provided by the practitioner and one to convey the diagnosis (or reason) for that service. Medical coding professionals ensure that these codes are applied correctly during the billing process, and they serve as advocates for medical facilities, health practitioners, and patients. In maximizing the accuracy of claims and compliance levels, skilled medical coders optimize the billing process and lower health care costs throughout the entire industry.

Program Overview

The University of Rio Grande offers a Medical Coding and Billing Certificate that not only prepares students to sit for national certification through the American Academy of Professional Certificates (AAPC), but it also fully rounds out the students medical coding and billing education, which helps to expand the student’s medical office skill set and employment options. A Medical Coding and Billing Certificate from the University of Rio Grande is a 31-credit hour program designed to be completed in two semesters (or less than one year). The program starts every fall and completes the following spring semester. The program is currently offered at the institution’s main campus and at the Jackson branch. It can be completed in-person or as a hybrid in-person/online option.

Certificate Requirements

This is a one-year certificate program, and it is a 1+1 certificate, as it may be used to complete a two-year degree option in Medical Office Assistant (see Office Technology).

DescriptionCredits
AHC 13302 Medical Terminology I2
AHC 14302 Medical Terminology II2
AHC 10302 Electronic Health Records2
AHC 10501 Healthcare Compliance & Ethics1
AHC 20303 ICD Coding3
AHC 21203 CPT Coding3
AHC 22203 Healthcare Reimbursement3
COM 11103 (TM) Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I3
LA 20303 Gateway to Workforce3
PHT 12103 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers I3
PHT 12203 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers II3
Total required hours for certificate31

*Placement determined by testing.

Courses required for online AAPC Certification Exam (The curriculum below can be taken by students who only want to prepare for the AAPC certification exam, but they will not receive a certificate from URG/RGCC).

DescriptionCredits
AHC 13302 Medical Terminology I2
AHC 14302 Medical Terminology II2
AHC 20303 ICD Coding3
AHC 21203 CPT Coding3
PHT 12103 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers I3
PHT 12203 Applied Science for Health Care Related Careers II3
Total required hours for certificate16

Medical Coding and Billing Gainful Employment Disclosure

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