ACC offers an associate in arts (AA) degree, four two-year associate in applied science (AAS) degrees, and two one-year certificate programs that focus on specialty areas in the field of business information systems (BIS).
- AA in BIS — Executive Assistant
- AAS in BIS — Administrative Assistant
- AAS in BIS — Medical Coder and Biller
- AAS in BIS — Medical Information Specialist
- AAS in BIS — Office Information Technology Specialist
- Certificate in BIS — Medical Transcriptionist
- Certificate in BIS — Office Assistant
BIS — Executive AssistantProgram Curriculum
The associate in arts (AA) degree concentration in Business Information Systems — Executive Assistant is a good match if you’re interested in transferring to a four-year institution for a degree in business education. The curriculum for this program blends business-related topics with core education courses such as science, math, and humanities/fine arts.
Your job responsibilities as an executive assistant involve a variety of clerical tasks using software in the Microsoft® Office Suite, filing, correspondence, record maintenance, and appointment scheduling. As an executive assistant, you typically work for only one or two key employees rather than as part of the general office support staff.
BIS — Administrative Assistant
This AAS program combines general liberal arts courses and business-related topics with a heavy emphasis placed on office computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, data base management, presentation software, web design, and desktop publishing. Most administrative assistants work in a traditional office setting as part of the general support staff.
Your responsibilities are similar to those of an executive assistant and may also include some bookkeeping, depending on the size of the organization.
BIS-Medical Coder and BillerProgram Curriculum
This AAS degree program includes a range of health information courses, including medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical office procedures, electronic health records, ICD-CM and CPT coding, and insurance billing.
Your responsibilities as a medical coder and biller may include analyzing medical records and assigning codes to classify diagnoses and procedures while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. Doctors will also rely on you to accurately interpret documentation, code diagnoses and procedures, prepare insurance forms, and handle billing.
BIS — Medical Information Specialist
The BIS — Medical Information Specialist is an AAS degree program that blends administrative skills and medical knowledge for work in both large and small hospitals, clinics, and medical offices. In addition to general business and computer application courses, you are trained in medical terminology, medical transcription, records management, medical coding and billing, and office management procedures.
As a medical information specialist, your job is to ensure that complete and accurate records are kept for each patient. Your responsibilities may include organizing, analyzing, and maintaining medical information, preparing statistical reports, coding patient medical information, and providing data to regulatory agencies.
BIS — Office Information Technology Specialist
The BIS — Office Information Technology Specialist is an AAS degree program that prepares you to work within a management information system (MIS) department as a support service provider to in-house users of computer hardware and software. You take a broad range of computer-related courses, including computer operating systems, computer networks, office application software, Internet use, and PC hardware maintenance and upgrading. These courses are complemented with general education and business-related courses.
Your responsibilities as an office information technology specialist may involve installing and upgrading hardware and software, providing end-user support, supporting computer networks, and maintaining Internet sites.
BIS — Medical TranscriptionistProgram Curriculum
The BIS — Medical Transcriptionist Certificate program provides basic knowledge and skills necessary to transcribe health care dictation and prepare patient documents for insurance companies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics and private practices. You will convert audio recordings from doctors and other healthcare providers into grammatically correct written reports using correct medical terminology, with an emphasis on accuracy, clarity, consistency, timeliness, and professional and ethical conduct. Specifically, you will get experience transcribing chart notes, history and physical reports, consultations, office procedure notes, x-ray reports, progress reports and letters.
BIS — Office Assistant
You may want to consider the BIS — Office Assistant Certificate program if you have little or no experience or education in the business or computer information systems area. This program prepares you for work in a traditional office where your job responsibilities may include greeting and receiving visitors, answering the telephone, and making appointments. You may also be required to do word processing, file, handle the mail, distribute messages, or perform simple bookkeeping tasks.
You can demonstrate your knowledge of Microsoft® Office software by becoming certified as a Microsoft® Office Specialist (MOS). ACC is an official MOS testing site, with exams offered at our Alpena campus testing center upon request.
If you have previous experience, you may be eligible for advanced placement in certain courses through competency testing. ACC also has articulation agreements with area high schools that allow you to earn credits toward your business information systems degree or certificate.
Employment of executive assistants, administrative assistants, office assistants, and medical transcriptionists is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2024, while employment of office information technology specialists is expected to grow faster than the average. Employment of medical information specialists is expected to grow much faster than the average for this same time period.
Your average salary* depends on the size, type, status (private vs. public) and location of your employer, as well as your skill and experience level.
Median annual earnings of administrative assistants and executive assistants were $35,970 in 2014. Medical information specialists’ median annual earnings were $35,900; office information technology specialists’ were $50,380; medical transcriptionists were $34,750; and office assistants’ were $28,760 for this same time period.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet athttp://www.bls.gov/ooh (visited January 7, 2016
Contact the BIS Program
Mary Jane Thomson