LSC-Tomball Introduces Administrative Services Degree: Medical Specialty

The health care industry is one of the fastest-growing employment sectors in the nation, and there are many ways to take advantage of the trend.  Recognizing this opportunity, Lone Star College-Tomball has added a new program to its degree offerings—administrative services: medical specialty.

LSC-Tomball’s traditional administrative services core class program is supplemented with a medical specialty track that, after two years, will allow graduates to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and prepare them for careers with medical offices, hospitals, emergency and rehabilitation clinics, assisted-living facilities, and insurance companies. 

The program covers topics such as time management, filing procedures, medical software, basic medical coding, medical insurance, oral and written communications, basic bookkeeping skills, and the latest computer skills for word processing, spread sheets, presentations and databases.

Salaries vary greatly depending upon the type of organization, geographical area, skill requirements, experience, education and level of responsibility, but according to recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data (May 2012), the median annual salary for medical administrative jobs in Texas is $30,040.

“Due to the aging of the baby boomer generation, the need for qualified medical specialty personnel in all areas of medicine is increasing and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future,” said Miroslawa Moryson, LSC-Tomball medical specialty program assistant professor.

For those interested in continuing their administrative services education at a four-year college or university, the LSC-Tomball two-year A.A.S. degree for administrative services will transfer to the University of Houston-Downtown’s Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program, as well as (in part or whole) to other four-year institutions in Texas.

Enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is currently underway and classes begin August 26.  For more information, contact Miroslawa Moryson at Miroslawa.Moryson@lonestar.edu or 281.357.3685.