Medical Data Specialist

Amarillo College successfully prepares students for engaging employment in medical offices and hospitals as medical data specialists. The program begins at Amarillo College each fall and entails coursework in areas like medical insurance, business computer applications, human anatomy and physiology, and more. Upon completion of the core courses, students select one of three options leading to the medical data specialist degree: Administration, Coding or Transcription. The Administration and Coding options require a practicum course that focuses on that option, and students are placed in a local medical facility to learn and develop the hands-on skills required for the profession.

Medical Data Specialist

What can you do with a Medical Data Specialist certificate?


Medical offices and hospitals would be lost, especially in the information age, without properly trained medical data specialists. Trained specialists schedule patients, file insurance claims and collate all the files to maintain a patient’s medical record. The medical data entry specialist position is frequently combined with other roles, such as receptionist, medical assistant, transcriber and coder, so it takes a person who likes to work as part of a team. Medical data specialists are often referred to as health information technicians and ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

 Medical Data Specialist

Enter the Workforce with a Certificate 

Fall Semester

BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I

4 hrs

BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications

3 hrs

HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I

3 hrs

HITT 1249 Pharmacology

3 hrs

POFT 1301 Business English

3 hrs

POFM 1327 Medical Insurance

3 hrs

Spring Semester

HPRS 1205 Essentials of Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professional

2 hrs

MDCA 1302 Human Diseases/Pathophysiology

3 hrs

HITT 1341       Coding and Classification Systems

3 hrs

HITT 1342 Ambulatory Coding

3 hrs

MDCA 1321    Administrative Procedures

3 hrs

MRMT 1407 Medical Transcription I

4 hr

Summer  Semester

BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II

4 hrs

MDCA 1264 Practicum

2 hrs

Fall Semester

 

BIOL 2401       Anatomy and Physiology I

4 hrs

BCIS 1305     Business Computer Applications

3 hrs

HITT 1305       Medical Terminology I

3 hrs

HITT 1249       Pharmacology

3 hrs

POFT 1301    Business English

3 hrs

POFM 1327    Medical Insurance

3 hrs

Spring   Semester

 

HPRS 1205     Essentials of Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professional

2 hrs

MDCA 1302    Human Diseases/Pathophysiology    

3 hrs

HITT 1341       Coding and Classification Systems

3 hrs

HITT 1342       Ambulatory Coding

3 hrs

BIOL 2402       Anatomy and Physiology II    

3 hrs

Summer  Semester

 

HITT 1266      Practicum

2 hrs

HITT 2335       Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies

3 hrs

 

Fall Semester

 

BIOL 2401       Anatomy and Physiology I

4 hrs

BCIS 1305     Business Computer Applications

3 hrs

HITT 1305       Medical Terminology I

3 hrs

HITT 1249       Pharmacology

3 hrs

POFT 1301    Business English

3 hrs

POFM 1327    Medical Insurance

3 hrs

Spring   Semester

 

HPRS 1205     Essentials of Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professional

2 hrs

MDCA 1302    Human Diseases/Pathophysiology    

3 hrs

BIOL 2402       Anatomy and Physiology II

4 hrs

MRMT 1407    Medical Transcription I

4 hr

Summer  Semester

 

MRMT 2433   Medical Transcription II

4 hrs