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Office Systems Technology Course Descriptions
OST 130  Comprehensive Keyboarding
This course is designed to develop keyboarding skills and introductory document formatting.  Emphasis is placed on keyboarding techniques and formatting basic business documents.  Upon completion, students should be able to create documents in an ever-changing workplace. 
Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
OST 130 Course Outline

OST 134  Text Entry and Formatting

This course is designed to provide skills needed to increase speed, improve accuracy, and format documents.  Topics include letters, memos, tables, and business reports.  Upon completion, students should be able to produce documents and key timed writings at speeds commensurate with. employability.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: OST 130

Corequisite: None

OST 134 Course Outline

OST 136  Word Processing

This course is designed to introduce word processing concepts and applications.  Topics include preparation of a variety of documents and mastery of specialized software functions.  Upon completion, students should be able to work effectively in a computerized word processing environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

OST 136 Course Outline
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OST 138  Advanced Software Applications

This course is designed to improve the proficiency in the utilization of software applications used in business offices through a hands-on approach.  Emphasis is placed on in-depth usage of software to create a variety of documents applicable to current business environments.  Upon completion, students should be able to master the skills required to design documents that can be customized using the latest software applications.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 110

Corequisite: None

OST 138 Course Outline
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OST 140  Internet Comm/Research

This course provides a working knowledge of Internet usage and research for the modern office.  Emphasis is placed on using search engines, email, Web sites, Web servers, communication services, and e-business to obtain information vital to the current office environment.  Upon completion, students should be able to use the Internet to research any office topics required for employment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

OST 140 Course Outline

OST 148  Medical Coding Billing and Insurance

This course introduces fundamentals of medical coding, billing, and insurance.  Emphasis is placed on the medical billing cycle to include third party payers, coding concepts, and form preparation.  Upon completion, students should be able to explain the life cycle of and accurately complete a medical insurance claim.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

OST 148 Course Outline

OST 149  Medical Legal Issues

This course introduces the complex legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in providing health care services. Emphasis is on the legal requirements of medical practices; the relationship of physician, patient, and office personnel; professional liabilities; and medical practice liability. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of current medical law and accepted ethical behavior. This course is a unique concentration requirement of the Medical Office Systems Technology concentration in the Office Systems Technology program.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

OST 149 Course Outline

OST 164  Text Editing Applications

This course provides a comprehensive study of editing skills needed in the workplace. Emphasis is on grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, proofreading, and editing. Upon completion, students should be able to use reference materials to compose and edit text.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: None

Corequisite: None

OST 164 Course Outline

OST 184  Records Management

This course includes the creation, maintenance, protection, security, and disposition of records stored in a variety of media forms. Topics include alphabetic, geographic, subject, and numeric filing methods. Upon completion, students should be able to set up and maintain a records management system.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: None

OST 184 Course Outline

OST 223  Admin Office Transcription I

This course provides experience in transcribing documents.  Emphasis is placed on appropriate formatting, advanced text editing skills, and transcription techniques.  Upon completion, students should be able to transcribe office documents.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: OST 136, and OST 164

Corequisite: None

OST 223 Course Outline

OST 224  Machine Transcription II

This course provides instruction and practice in advanced transcription skills.  Emphasis is placed on specialized transcription features.  Upon completion, students should be able to transcribe complex business documents.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: OST 223

Corequisite: None

OST 224 Course Outline

OST 241  Medical Office Transcription I

This course introduces machine transcription techniques as applied to medical documents. Emphasis is on accurate transcription, proofreading, and use of reference materials as well as vocabulary building. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare accurate and usable transcripts of voice recordings in the covered specialties. This course is a unique concentration requirement of the Medical Office Systems Technology concentration in the Office Systems Technology program.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: MED 121

Corequisite: None

OST 241 Course Outline

OST 242  Medical Office Transcription II

This course continues building transcription techniques as applied to medical documents.  Emphasis is placed on accurate transcription and text editing , efficient use of  reference materials, increasing transcription speed and accuracy, and improving understanding of medical terminology.  Upon completion, students should be able to display competency in accurately transcribing medical documents.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: OST 241

Corequisite: None

OST 242 Course Outline

OST 243  Medical Office Simulation

This course introduces medical systems used to process information in the automated office. Topics include traditional and electronic information resources, storing and retrieving information, and the billing cycle. Upon completion, students should be able to use the computer accurately to schedule, bill, update, and make corrections. This course is a unique concentration requirement of the Medical Office Systems Technology concentration in the Medical Office Systems Technology program.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: OST 130 and OST 148

Corequisite: None

OST 243 Course Outline

OST 289  Administrative Office Management

This course is designed to be a capstone course for the office professional and provides a working knowledge of modern office procedures.  Emphasis is placed on scheduling, telephone procedures, travel arrangements, event planning, office design, and ergonomics.  Upon completion, students should be able to adapt in an office environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 2

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: OST 164, and either OST 134 or OST 136.

Corequisite: None

OST 289 Course Outline
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