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. 

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will:

  • Type and proofread common office documents quickly and efficiently.
  • Explain the importance of good customer relations.
  • Explain the significance and possible legal consequences of workplace confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate the importance of developing a work ethic by being punctual daily, working hard and completing assignments on time, cooperating with professors and other students, and taking initiative when warranted.
  • Perform common office tasks using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Additional Learning Outcomes for Medical Office Assistant:

  • Correctly define common and relevant medical terms.
  • Explain HIPPA guidelines relating to patient privacy and the need to follow them.
  • Process patient information, health care, and insurance data
  • Use source documents to determine proper diagnostic and procedure coding.
  • Exposure to and hands-on experience with processing medical data by charting clerical skills, clinical skills, and patient care in an EHR (electronic health records) system.
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).

*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