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FAQ

Q: Where can I find information on the Medical Office Professional Program?
A:
Beginning Spring 2013 there will be changes to the Medical Office Program Certificates and Degrees.

  • The Medical Office Clerk Certificate and the Medical Registrartion and Admission Clerk Certificate have been combined into one 30-credit certificate
  • The Medical Office Assistant Certificate has been renamed the Physician Practice Managment Certificate and is now found under the Health Information Management Program
  • The Medical Office Professional Associate Degree - Winter 2013 will be the last quarter that new students are admitted to the current Medical Office Professional AAS Track. Beginning Spring 2013, students wishing to pursue this type of degree will be referred to the Associate of Applied Science (APS) in Health Information Management (HIM).
  • The Medical Billing Specialist Certificate has been renamed the Medical Reimbursement Specialist Certificate and is now found under the Health Information Management (HIM) program

Q: If I began a Medical Office Certificate or Degree prior to Spring 2013, what does this mean for me?
A:
If you began your Medical Office Certificiae or Degree prior to Spring 2013 then you will be able to finish your degree or certificate following the curriculum that you started on.

Q: Do I have to apply and be formally accepted to the HIM program?
A:
There is no formal acceptance process into the HIM program. However, space is limited and students are allowed in on a space-available basis after they have completed all of the required pre-requisite courses. We also require you to fill out an application form to the HIM program for administrative purposes.

Q: Does the Program have any prerequisites?
A:
Yes.

  • English 101
  • Business Math (TCC BUS 110)
  • 5 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology with or without lab.

All prerequisite courses must be completed before beginning HIM core courses. All of the pre-requisite courses must be completed with a C or better and within two attempts before HIM core courses can be started. There is a 10-year time limit for all math and science courses.

Q: I find that I do have to take some English, math, or biology classes. Can I start taking any of the HIM classes while I am working on some of these prerequisites?
A:
No. You must complete all prerequisite courses before beginning the HIM core courses. 

Q: How do I find out if I am or I am not at college-level English, reading and math?
A:
You need to take an assessment test. These are commonly called “Accuplacer”, “Asset” or “Compass” tests. You can take these tests at any local college and send the results to TCC. Sorry, tests are not yet available completely online. More information is available on the TCC assessment web page.

Q: What if my assessment test scores are lower than college-level for English, reading and math?
A:
If you are below college level in any of these 3 areas, you will need to take classes to attain college-level competency to satisfy this requirement. This will delay your starting of HIM classes.

Q: Do I still have to take English 101 if my assessment scores demonstrate that I am already at college-level in English and reading?
A
: Regardless of your assessment scores in English and reading, English 101 is a college requirement for all students. So unless you are transferring in English 101, you will need to work this into your education plan. You must complete all prerequisite courses before you may begin any HIM courses.

Q: What about the human anatomy and physiology requirement?
A:
One of the foundational classes of any medical curriculum is human A & P. The HIM program requires a college-level 5-credit human anatomy & physiology class. The TCC course that meets this requirement is BIOL 175 (TCC also requires MATH 90 or BUS 110 as a prerequisite to this class). You must complete this prerequisite course before beginning any HIM core courses.

Q: Can I take the human anatomy and physiology class at another college and transfer it in to meet this requirement?
A:
Yes. The requirement is that it be a college-level 5-credit human anatomy and physiology with or without lab. See the TCC college online catalog for detailed course description. You must be sure you are taking this from a regionally accredited college so that it will transfer over to TCC. If in doubt, contact our transcript department at 253.566.5048.

Q: I have completed classes at another college, but they weren't in HIM or medical related. Do you want to know about them?
A:
 Yes. To advise you properly we will need to have information about any and all prior college level coursework. Send a set of official transcripts to TCC for review and verification and provide an unofficial copy to me directly.

Q: When do classes meet? Do I have to “attend” at some regular class day or time each week?
A:
Maybe. Traditional campus classes are delivered in what is known as the “synchronous” method, meaning that there are regularly scheduled class meeting times with the instructor. Online classes are often delivered in an “asynchronous” method, meaning there are no regularly scheduled or required meeting times involving the instructor and the students of the class. However, the instructor may offer or require “virtual” meeting times as part of a class. In a virtual meeting you meet with the instructor or the class synchronously through your computer. If your course has a virtual meeting requirement you will be notified either through the course catalog or through your syllabus.

Q: Since the courses are online are they “self-paced”?
A:
No! Our courses are only delivered online, they are definitely not self-paced nor self-directed. Classes progress from week to week or unit to unit as directed by the instructor. The student is required to act just as they would in a traditional campus class and follow the schedule of studies and syllabus to completion of the course. Failure to maintain pace with the course means failure.

Q: Who is my advisor? When are we supposed to meet?
A:
Prior to beginning your HIM courses, you will be advised by General Advising.Once you begin taking HIM course, you will be fromally assigned to one of the HIM faculty as an advisee. You will work closely with your advisor to work out your educational plan.

Q: What is my PIN?
A:
It is your birth date, in 5 to 6 digits MN/DA/YY (e.g. 1/01/71 would be 10171 or 11/05/82 would be 110582). If this doesn’t work, contact Enrollment Services at 253.566.5325 to have them reset it.

Q: How am I supposed to know which classes I should take in the first quarter, second quarter and so on?
A:
You will work with General Advising to complete your pre-requisite courses.  Once you have completed your pre-requisite courses (English 101, Business 110, and Biology 175) you are ready to begin  your HIM courses.  The beginning quarter of HIM courses consist of HIM 110, HIM 125, and HIM 105.  Registration into these is dependent on completion of your pre-reqs.  Once you have registered for these courses you will be assigned to an HIM advisor to work with you on your schedule to ensure you are still on track for graduation. All HIM courses have very specific pre-requisite courses and it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet these prerequisites before enrolling in the course.

Q: I already know a lot about the content of one (or more) HIM classes. Do I really need to take them?
A:
 Maybe. You will need to prove that you do in fact already KNOW the material taught in that class. You prove this in one of two ways;

  1. Course challenge. A course challenge allows you to show that you already meet the learning outcomes outlined in the course by passing a series of tests. You pay a small fee, and if you pass the assessments then you get the college credit for the course. If you wish to challenge a course please contact the program chair for specific information on the procedure.

Q: I need classes like MATH 90 Elementary Algebra and/or BIOL& 170 Human Anatomy/Physiology and they aren’t available online, or not offered in the quarter that I need or I can just never seem to get into them. What am I suppose to do?
A:
 Get the class from another regionally accredited college. If in doubt contact the transcript review office at 253.566.5048.

Q: What are the required courses and their prerequisites?
A:
Listed below:

  • BUS 110 Business Math (5): A review of basic math and its application to business problems. Topics include bank reconciliation, discounts, taxes, installment buying, payroll, insurance, depreciation, and interest. Electronic calculators are used to solve problems. Ten-key skills emphasized. Prerequisite: MATH 085 with a "C-" or higher.
  • BIOL& 175 Human Biology with Lab (5) (Formerly BIOL-118): This course is a 1-quarter class of human anatomy and physiology. This course offers a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. It covers some basics of chemistry and cells and then outlines all the major systems of the human body. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL-095 and READ-095 with a grade of ‘C’ or higher; completion of MATH-090 with a ‘C-’ or higher; or equivalent assessment in these areas.

Q: What is WAOL?
A
: This is a great resource. It is a consortium of all the Washington state community colleges and it offers ONLY online classes. They offer all kinds of classes each quarter and they are taught by qualified faculty from across the state. They are treated just the same as any other campus class because they ARE college classes. You take it from WAOL, it transfers to TCC and the HIM program – check it out.

Q: What is thr RHIT pass rate for TCC HIM program graduates?
A:
TCC consistently rates above the AHIMA national mean for the pass rates of our graduates.

 

RHIT First-Time Candidates Average Score Comparison
YearAHIMA National MeanTCC HIM Students
10/1/2011-9/30/201288.9897.83
10/1/2010-9/30/201188.7893.65
10/1/2009-9/30/201089.3293.65
10/1/2008–09/30/200994.75101.25
10/1/2007–9/30/200890.7090.78
10/1/2005–9/30/200690.9598.00
7/2004–12/200493.19102.25
 Total Possible:130

 

 Pass Rates Comparison First Time Candidates
Exam PeriodAHIMA National MeanTCC HIM Program
10/1/2011-9/30/201275%93%
10/1/2010-9/30/201175%83%
10/1/2009-9/30/201079%88%
10/1/2008–09/30/200986%100%
10/1/2007–9/30/200878%80%
10/1/2006–10/1/200778%89%
10/1/2005–9/30/200670%83%
7/2004–12/200477%88%
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