Medical Reception Certificate

Michelle Boller, Director

The Medical Reception Certificate prepares students with the required skills to provide exceptional service to patients in a medical setting, ranging from private practice receptionists to hospital ward secretaries. Students learn how to perform essential duties including:

  • Greeting patients, scheduling appointments, screening telephone calls, obtaining and entering patient registration information, releasing appropriate medical information, maintaining medical records, and managing patient flow
  • Understanding the financial transactions of a practice with a clear understanding of all the activities in the billing and collection cycle
  • Applying foundational knowledge of medical law and the principles of medical ethics as well as the guidelines established by HIPAA.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a Certificate of Applied Science and will be prepared to work as receptionists in healthcare facilities and physician offices.

Certificate of Applied Science - Medical Reception

Missoula College

Degree Specific Credits: 33

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: See Program Director for scope and sequence advising. Please refer to online schedule for online course availability.


CAS Medical Reception30
Math Requirements3
Total Hours33

CAS Medical Reception

Rule: All courses required.

Note: Substitutions are approved at the discretion of the program director.

ACTG 100Essentials of Accounting4
or ACTG 101 Accounting Procedures I
AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals3
AHMS 175Medical Law & Ethics2
AHMS 220Medical Office Procedures4
AHMS 252Computerized Medical Billing3
AMGT 145Records Management2
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers3
CAPP 154MS Word3
WRIT 121Intro to Technical Writing3
or WRIT 101 College Writing I
Total Hours30

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Math Requirements

Rule: Any Math course M 105 or above.

Note: Appropriate placement into mathematics courses required. Prerequisites may apply.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

3 Total Credits Required