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Physician Practice Management Certificate

Beginning Spring 2013 (formerly known as Medical Office Assistant)

The Physician Practice Management (PPM) certificate prepares students for employment in entry-level clerical or administrative positions in a physician’s office, clinic or other outpatient-related health care agency. Duties may include managing the revenue cycle, compliance regulations, human resources, health information, and general business processes.

Physician Practice Managers should have a good understanding of:

  • Health care business process, workflow, and reform
  • Fraud, abuse, and corporate compliance
  • Quality in health care
  • Medical office accounting, physician reimbursement, and revenue cycle management
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing and business relationships
  • HIPAA and data security
  • Health IT, EMRs, and health information exchange

After completion of this certificate, students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM) credential through the American Academy of Professional Coders. Students who complete this certificate can move directly into the fourth quarter of the HIM AAS degree.

Program Requirements

The degree and certificate programs are offered in a full online format.

Computer Requirements
Students are required to have 24/7 internet access with reliable computer hardware and software, and must be familiar with and comfortable using computers.

Those who need remedial computer training should take TCC’s CU 100 course (2 credits) prior to program entry. Students are required to use Microsoft Office programs, specifically Word and PowerPoint. Those who are uncomfortable with either of these applications should take CU 102 Word I (2 credits) and/or CU 104 PowerPoint (1 credit) prior to program entry.

Internship Requirements
Professional Practice Experience internships (“Capstone” courses) for the program will require:

  • Criminal and federal fraud background checks
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Vehicle insurance (where applicable)
  • 40-80 hours of in-person, on-site clinical visitations

Completion of this certificate offers direct entry into the second year of the Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Sciences Degree.

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

This program is offered completely online.  For those new to online learning or are feeling unsure about your online expertise, we suggest taking the 2-credit TCC course OLL 101 (Online Learning 101). 

You can go full or part time. The following schedule is based on full time attendance. 

1st Quarter
 Orientation0
CU 103Excel I3
HIM 105Medical Terminology5
HIM110HCDS5
HIM 125Record Content/Standards I5
 TOTAL18
2nd Quarter
HIM 141OP DX Coding2
HIM 160Pathology of Disease5
HIM 142OP Reimbursement4
HIM 216CPT Coding5
 TOTAL15
3rd Quarter  
CU 110Access I2
HIM 195Legal/Ethics3
HIM 153Office Management5
HIM 187Physician Practice Manger Clinical3
 TOTAL13

Certificate core requirements of 47 credits plus additional 15 credits of prerequisite courses = 62

Students who complete this certificate can move directly into the 4th quarter of the HIM APS degree. Students must progress in a pre-determined order as noted above. Student can enter in Fall or Spring.  

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