Amarillo College delivers Associate Degree and Certificate programs that enrich lives, inspire success, and provide an outstanding academic foundation.
AC students have success whether they are looking to immediately enter the workforce or proceed to a university.
Everything you need to achieve success is within easy reach at Amarillo College, including a team of enthusiastic faculty and staff who are fully committed to helping you realize your dreams.
Nothing takes precedence at AC over your success.
Your success is our sole purpose. Take advantage of scholarships, join an organization, or look for study abroad opportunities that few other community colleges offer.
Be your best self at Amarillo College.
Amarillo College is the most-affordable choice for quality higher education in the Panhandle and offers many ways to support your financial investment.
From corporate training opportunities to personal enrichment classes geared to every age group, the Continuing Education Division is a community resource true to its purpose.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS
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 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.
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