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Medical Office Administration Certificate

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Understanding the needs of today’s health care industry and anticipating the needs of tomorrow is at the heart of the School of Health Sciences programs at Purdue Global. We know that one of the most important areas of growth in the expanding health care field is the management of medical information. 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 prepare you to be well positioned for a career as part of this professional team. This is a career field that is expected to offer much faster-than-average job growth between 2016 and 2026.* At Purdue Global, we want you to be exceptionally prepared to take advantage of the opportunities in this rewarding field.


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Practical Experience

Prior to graduation, you will complete an externship at a real-world health care facility to gain valuable on-the-job experience.

Medical Office Administration Certificate Highlights

The medical office administration program coursework 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


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Prepare for Certification

Certification is an important qualification often required by employers. When you graduate from this program, you may be eligible to sit for the following certification exams:

  • Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) examination given by the American Medical Technologists
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) examination sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) examination given by the National Center for Competency Testing
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

The Medical Office Administration Certificate is designed to help you qualify for the position of medical administrative specialist or medical secretary.§ Duties for these positions could include:

  • Medical records management
  • Insurance processing
  • Coding and billing
  • Management of practice finances
  • Information processing
  • Fundamental office management tasks

Career opportunities for medical office managers may exist in:

  • Doctors' offices
  • Medical facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance offices
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Labs
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

Curriculum in the certificate program focuses on the skills needed to submit medical claims for reimbursement and process bills, and helps you develop a working knowledge of various insurance plans as well as administrative procedures. Courses include:

  • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Law and Bioethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Diseases of the Human Body
  • Medical Office Accounting
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Program Requirements
  • Major Credits57
  • Total Credits57

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Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, on the Internet at National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Some Purdue Global programs are not 100% online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Contact an Admissions Advisor for additional information.

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.

§Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

#Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.