University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Medical Reception C.A.S.

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


Medical Reception Required Courses31
Total Hours31

Degree Specific Credits: 31

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

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

Medical Reception Required Courses

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

Complete all of the following courses:
ACTG 101Accounting Procedures I3
AHMS 144Medical Terminology3
AHMS 156Medical Billing Fundamentals3
AHMS 220Medical Office Procedures4
AHMS 252Computerized Medical Billing3
AHMS 270EMedical Ethics3
CAPP 154MS Word3
COMX 115SIntroduction to Interpersonal Communication3
M 105Contemporary Mathematics3
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Total Hours31

Minimum Required Grade: C-