Students who desire to complete a two-year degree leading to job preparation should complete an Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology degree. Five areas of study are available under this degree: administrative coordinator, computer applications, legal assistant, management/marketing, medical records and health information, and public procurement. Portions of the medical records and health information option are offered on the Beebe and Searcy campuses. The following degree worksheets list the requirements for each option.
The field of medical records is growing rapidly. The Medical Records and Health Information program provides students with knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of health care managers. Through the use of textbooks, applications, and simulations, students are given the opportunity to develop the skills required for this field. These skills include ICD 10 CM and CPT coding, insurance billing, medical transcription, records management, and reception area responsibilities.
Students will have three (3) years from the date of enrollment to complete all requirements of the program. A student re-entering after the three-year time period will have to repeat all the Health Information Assistant (HIA) courses in the program.
Public procurement officials are being tasked with managing increasingly complex procurement and contracting projects across the State of Arkansas. The lack of formal education opportunities in this area of public procurement has created a challenge. This degree was developed to meet their needs and to provide the necessary education for individuals in public procurement. The Arkansas Office of State Procurement (OSP) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) are committed to improving the profession.
Effective January 1, 2014, the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) has required an associate degree with procurement related course work to apply for the Certified Professional Public Buyer distinction. For those individuals with an associate degree, the course work in the Certificate of Proficiency in Public Procurement will fulfill this requirement.