Medical Data Specialist
The program Curriculum prepares the student as a Medical Data Specialist (MDSP). Most graduates are employed in medical offices of all types as well as in hospitals.
The MDSP schedules patients, files insurance claims, codes for federal and state reimbursements and collections, types correspondence, transcribes from medical dictation, maintains telephone communication and collates all files to maintain the patient's medical record. Upon completion of this one year curriculum, a "Certificate of Completion" is awarded.
The MDSP program begins each Fall semester. During the fall semester the student will complete a "core" consisting of five courses (16 semester hours) as follows:
POFI 2301 Word Processing
BIOL-2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL-2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
POFT 1301 Business English
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology 1
MDCA 1301 Human Disease/Pathophysiology
Upon completion of the "core" courses in the fall semester, the MDSP student will select one option to complete the program and earn the "Certificate of Completion." There are three options from which to choose:
Option 1: Administration
Option 2: Transcription
Option 3: Coding
For more specific information on each option, contact the Program Director.
The "administration" and "coding" options each require a course called "Practicum." During this Practicum course the student will be placed in local medical facilities to learn and develop the hands-on skills required for the profession. A practicum course is NOT required for the "transcription option."
Some courses require prerequisites, therefore, students should review the current college catalog to determine which (if any) prerequisites are required for each course prior to enrollment. Students cannot be allowed to enroll in courses that require prerequisites until after the prerequisites are completed.
If you are interested in applying for this program, begin now to assemble a portfolio of application materials. CLICK HERE to download the program application forms and other program information.
Once your portfolio is complete, you will need to schedule an appointment with the Program Director to submit your portfolio in person.