NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
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Career Studies Certificate AN  

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Purpose: The career studies certificate in Medical Practice Management is designed to prepare personnel to perform office management functions in physicians' offices and ambulatory clinics. Some examples of these functions include scheduling appointments, maintaining health records, responding to requests for release of medical information, coding clinical data, completing health insurance forms, and managing billing/collections functions. The curriculum includes learning experiences in on-campus laboratories and in community physician office settings.

Admission Requirements: Students must be admitted to NVCC at Annandale campus, have a high school diploma or GED including one unit of high school level science (preferably biology or chemistry), have obtained a score of 81 or better on the reading section of the English placement test, and have obtained a score of 85 or better on the writing section of the English placement test. Evidence of good physical and mental health must be demonstrated by submission of a physical exam form and CPR certification is required. Both must be completed before the start of clinical experience.

Career Opportunities: Employment opportunities are plentiful throughout the country in physicians' offices, HMOs, urgent care centers, managed care practices, and other types of health agencies.

One Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   AST140Introduction to Windows1
   HIT111Medical Terminology 13
   HIT149Intro. to Medical Practice Mgt.2
   HIT151Reimbursement Issues in Medical
   Practice Management2
   IST117Intro. to Microcomputer Software3
   NAS150Human Biology4
   ENG111College Composition I 3
   HIT115Ambulatory Coding and Classification 3
   HIT143Managing Electronic Billing in a 
   Medical Practice 2
   HIT196On-Site Training 2
   HIT260Pharmacology for HIT 2

Total Credits/Semester1512

Total credits for the Medical Practice Management Career Studies Certificate = 27.

All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (STD) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NVCC.

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