The aim of the three-year Medical Documentation and Office Management Technician Program is to graduate intermediate workforce in the administrative services of the health institutions. Students, who graduate from this program compile, organize and present medical scientific findings and documents by using technology effectively, have a good command of medical terminology, possess high level medical clerical skills, will work as managers of health services or support academic and/or health specialists or undertake duties in the human resources department.
Courses in the three-year Medical Documentation and Office Management Technician Program are delivered in 8 categories during the first two years as computer, office management, medical documentation, English, Turkish, health management, research methods and medicine.
During the first semester of the freshman year, students are offered basic courses on office management, medical documentation and medicine. Within this period which has an intensive focus on theory, students have the opportunity of practice through office management and computer courses. During the second semester of the freshman year, students take courses on health management and, at the same time, continue with the second phases of the courses taken during the first semester. During this semester, the focus is on application and practice.
The course content of the second year builds on the freshman year courses. During their third semester, students receive in-depth information on research techniques and bio-statistics. Upon the successful completion of the first three semesters, students take part in internship practice during the fourth semester to consolidate their skills and knowledge.
Having taken courses on human resources, working psychology, business law, developing communication skills and English for vocational purposes during the first semester of the third year, students carry out their internship practices at a health institution or administrative departments of another organization during the final semester of their studies.
Medical Documentation and Office Management Technician Program pays special attention to the application of theory into practice. Some of the course content is based on projects, giving the students a chance to conduct profession-related research, analysis and evaluation. Students are motivated to present their research and analysis findings as a report and, at the same time, are introduced with professional ethics and workplace principles.
Medical Documentation and Office Management Technician Program is offered in a genuine environment providing the students with the opportunity of putting theory into practice through a lab designed in an office format. Following the successful completion of the first three semesters, students take part in an internship practice for a semester. Web pages containing all course materials are also at the students’ disposal.
The program offers a wide array of career opportunities for its graduates who would act as a bridge between doctors and patients, possess the skills to increase patient satisfaction and to effectively conduct office work such as the front office management, preparation of the files, archiving and appointment services, preparation of the meetings of doctors and hospital administrators, preparing meeting minutes, patient reports and all other medical documents in a professional fashion. Program graduates may pursue employment opportunities at state and private institutions or establishments as medical secretaries and support officers for doctors and administrators of hospitals/health institutions or other similar organisations.