Medical Administration Diploma

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Medical Administration Diploma Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Computer Applications and Business Systems
  • Career Development
  • Customer Service in Healthcare
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Writing, Style and Grammar
  • ICD Coding
  • Ambulatory Care Coding
  • Introduction to Medical Transcription
  • Medical Insurance and Billing
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Electronic Health Records and Medical Office Procedures
  • Medical Administration Capstone
  • Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional
  • Keyboarding I

This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.


Course ID: D132
Credits: 3

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete job-seeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an in-depth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.


Course ID: E242
Credits: 2

This will prepare students to deliver outstanding customer service in a healthcare setting by providing them with an understanding of the factors that influence the perceptions of external and internal customers. Topics covered in this course include; the psychology of patients, customer service in a diverse world, listening skills and effective communication techniques.


Course ID: M100
Credits: 1

This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.


Course ID: M120
Credits: 4

A focused look at English grammar, punctuation and sentence structure that will lend to accurate and appropriate medical documents being transcribed or edited. Common English language needs in medical transcription are explored, as well as correct use of number formatting, capitalization and abbreviations. Alike words will be studied and practiced and a medical terminology review will be mandatory.


Course ID: M130
Credits: 3

This course provides a thorough overview of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) using sample exercises and medical records to develop skill and accuracy in coding in various health care settings. Students will apply ICD-9-CM coding guidelines appropriate to the coding situation and will cover coding of all body systems.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology


Course ID: M133
Credits: 3

The emphasis in this course is medical coding in an ambulatory care setting. Students will develop an understanding of HCPCS coding with an emphasis on CPT.

Prerequisite:ICD-10 Coding Practicum

Course ID: M141
Credits: 3

An introduction to the profession of medical transcription and medical editing. Topics covered will be the medical transcription process and the skills needed as well as technology and equipment used, work scenarios and work stations, employer expectations, salary methods, the job search, and professional associations. The student will explore the lifecycle of the patient record and how electronic health records impact the profession. Speech recognition and other technology will be presented along with resources that a medical transcriptionist will need to use on the job.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Pre- or Co-requisite:Medical Writing, Style and Grammar

Course ID: M202
Credits: 4

In this course students will receive an introduction to common 3rd party payers, insurance terminology, and medical billing. They will learn skills including claim forms preparation and processing, and electronic claim submission, and will review introductory medical coding. They will also examine plan options, payer requirements, state and federal regulations, and abstracting of source documents.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Course ID: M209
Credits: 3

The student will transcribe medical reports of medical specialties from CD-ROM, edit medical reports generated by speech recognition from various specialties, and apply knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology to the transcription and editing process. Emphasis is on correct use of medical terminology and accurate spelling of medical terms, as well as proper report format.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Medical Transcription; Medical Terminology; Keyboarding

Course ID: M214
Credits: 3

A study of the United States legal system and court process with emphasis on legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, and professional practice law and ethics will be covered. The course will include a project that is specific to the student's program of study.

Course ID: M230
Credits: 4

Students will learn basic concepts and terminology related to diseases and disorders of the human body. Focus is on the structure, nature, causes, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of selected human body systems.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: M232
Credits: 5

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the administrative duties performed in the medical office. Concepts covered include: preparing, filing and maintaining medical records; knowledge of the various types of health insurance coverage, coding and reimbursement; confidentiality and guidelines for releasing health information; and effective oral and written communication skills.


Course ID: M270
Credits: 4

This capstone class is designed to allow students to integrate the information and skills learned in the Medical Administration program. Students will complete a capstone project that incorporates coding, transcription, administrative, and medical office management skills.

Prerequisite:Medical Administration student in last or second-to-last quarter

Course ID: M290
Credits: 1

This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.

Course ID: MA135
Credits: 4

This course introduces students to the keyboard and basic formatting for business documents. An objective of 25 wpm on five-minute timed writings with 5 or fewer errors is the course goal.


Course ID: S115
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

Communication (Select 1 course)

  • English Composition 2
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Oral Communication

This course builds on students' understanding of the writing process through an exploration of various writing strategies and research. Students will analyze readings and apply critical reading and writing skills. This course will develop argumentative writing and application of research.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: G126A
Credits: 4

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G141
Credits: 4

This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.

Course ID: G227
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Required course)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.


Course ID: G150
Credits: 4

Foundation Courses

  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Practical Math

This course develops students' reading and writing skills in preparation for college-level coursework. Through review of grammar, punctuation, and the writing process, students will enhance their ability to compose sentences, paragraphs, and short essays. The study of active reading strategies will provide students with the tools necessary for comprehending collegiate level texts.

Prerequisite:Placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: B080
Credits: 4

Mathematics is learned through communication. In this course, students will learn to communicate how problems are solved and how solving problems can be applied in real-world settings. Students will have opportunities to learn multiple problem solving strategies. This course also provides practice and skill problems.

Course ID: B087
Credits: 4

Total Diploma Credits

General Education Credits: 8

Major and Core Credits: 50

Total Diploma Credits: 58*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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