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.
COURSE EFFORT 9–15 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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 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.

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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 the following areas:

  • Doctors' offices
  • Medical facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance offices
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Labs

Career titles associated with this degree include*:

  • Medical secretary
  • Medical and health services manager

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistic reports that health care is expected to generate more jobs than any other industry though 2026.

Prepare for Certification

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

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

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.
Sample Courses
  • Reimbursement Methodologies
  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Law and Bioethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Office Accounting
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Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits57
  • Total Credits57

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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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Care Occupations, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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 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.