Credit Courses

(OST) Office Systems Technology

OST 102 - Introduction to Medical Insurance and Billing (3 credits)
Covers health insurance claim processing as well as the medical billing cycle. Includes all aspects of medical insurance including plan options, carrier requirements, state and federal regulations, abstracting relevant information from source documents, and accurate completion of claim forms. 3 lecture hours
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OST 105 - Medical Insurance Coding and Billing (3 credits)
Prerequisites: OST 102, HPE 113 or equivalent proficiency
Extensive coverage of CPT and ICD-9-CM coding procedures. Students learn to abstract information from the patient record and combine it with reimbursement and coding guidelines to optimize physician payment. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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OST 106 - Medical Office Transcription (3 credits)
Prerequisites: OST 111, OST 219 or equivalent keyboarding and word processing skills; HPE 113 or equivalent medical terminology background
Introduction to medical transcription and to Electronic Health Records (using Spring Charts) through medical center work simulations. Exposure to a variety of dictated medical documents including chart notes, history and physical reports, consultations, office procedure notes, X-ray reports, progress notes, and letters. Includes a review of medical terminology as well as specific typing rules for medical documents. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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OST 107 - Procedures, Law, and Ethics for the Medical Office (3 credits)
Prerequisite: OST 111 or equivalent keyboarding skills
Focuses on administrative skills necessary for work in a medical office. Includes communicating with patients, telephone management, organizing and maintaining records, coordinating appointments, and legal and ethical issues. Students use medical management software for scheduling and records management. 3 lecture hours
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OST 111 - Computer Keyboarding with Word Processing Applications (3 credits)
Develops basic keyboarding skills. Students learn the keyboard and basics of word processing including proper formatting procedures for letters, memos, reports, and tables. Skill goal is 30 to 45 words per minute for three minutes with three or fewer errors. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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OST 112 - Advanced Keyboarding Applications (3 credits)
Prerequisite: OST 111 with a minimum C grade
Advanced keyboarding applications including various letter styles and notations, comprehensive reports and tables, and business statements and forms. Skill goal is 45 to 58 words per minute for five minutes with five or fewer errors. Proofreading and editing skills are also addressed. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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OST 219 - Word Processing Concepts and Applications (3 credits)
Prerequisite: OST 111 with a minimum C grade or equivalent keyboarding proficiency
Students develop proficiency in a wide range of word processing functions using Microsoft Word software. Covers generic concepts pertinent to all word processing software, as well as correct document formatting. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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OST 222 - Current Topics in Office Administration (3 credits)
Prerequisites: sophomore standing and proficiency in office applications
Comprehensive coverage of all facets of administrative assistant responsibilities, including travel and conference planning, time and stress management, handling incoming and outgoing communications, e-mail and Internet proficiency, and international protocol. Additionally focuses on professional image building and career advancement. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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OST 223 - Advanced Word Processing Applications (3 credits)
Prerequisites: OST 111 and OST 219 or equivalent keyboarding and word processing proficiency
Details advanced word processing functions including macros, adding borders, inserting clipart, drawing shapes, executing word art and equation editor, applying columns, styles, fill-in forms and desktop publishing applications. Cloud and cloud-based applications explored. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours

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