Online Medical Office Administration Certificate

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Program at a Glance

  • Develop the communication, clinical, and organizational skills relevant to medical office administration.
  • Gain real-world experience through an externship at a health care facility.
  • Prepare for industry certification exams—an important qualification often required by employers.
  • Learn from dedicated professors who have years of experience in the health care field.
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
1.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
57
(38 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371

Medical Office Administration Certificate Overview

Prepare to become an important part of a medical office team with a rewarding career as a medical administrative assistant.

Coursework in the medical office administration program emphasizes:

  • The communication, clinical, and organizational skills required to provide outstanding patient care
  • Managing medical and financial records, including processing medical insurance, coding, and billing
  • Scheduling appointments and managing day-to-day office operations

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Gain Practical Experience as a Medical Secretary Prior to graduation, you will complete a 160-hour externship at a local physician's office or clinic to gain valuable on-the-job experience and build a valuable professional network.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

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  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

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  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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Prepare for Certification

Upon graduation from this medical office certificate program, you may be eligible to sit for the following exams*:

  • Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
  • Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate (MAAC)
  • National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA)

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What Courses Will I Take?

Curriculum focuses on building the basic skills and knowledge to:

  • Submit medical claims for reimbursement.
  • Process bills.
  • Operate computerized billing systems.
  • Gain a working knowledge of various insurance plans.
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Sample Courses
  • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Law and Bioethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Office Accounting

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
    57
  • Total Credits
    57
What Does a Medical Administrative Assistant Do?

In every medical office across the country, you will find a team of trained professionals who work with patient records, medical documents, and other medical office matters. The Medical Office Administration Certificate is designed to help you qualify for opportunities in doctors' offices, medical facilities, hospitals, insurance offices, pharmaceutical companies, and labs.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Writing
  5. Coordination

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.