Certificate: Medical Office Administration

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With the Medical Office Administration Certificate program offered through Purdue University Global, you'll have the opportunity to study medical coding, scheduling, and the other clinical skills needed for administration roles in a medical office. Read on to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Purdue University Global's Medical Office Administration Certificate program provides students with the chance to gain the knowledge and skills needed to hold a medical administrative assistant position in a medical office. From the communication and clinical requirements needed for patient care to medical coding, billing and insurance, you will study a variety of subjects in this course. In addition to your coursework, you'll also be required to complete a supervised, 160-hour externship at an approved clinic or physician's office to gain hands-on knowledge of medical office administration. After graduating, you may be eligible to take any number of exams that allow you to become a Certified Coding Associate, a Certified Medical Administrative Specialist or a Certified Medical Office Assistant.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you're interested in this program, you should be comfortable working with numbers and details, providing care to patients and working in a healthcare environment. Before you begin your externship, you must provide proof of completion of an approved CPR health training course. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

In order to receive your Medical Office Administration Certificate, you must complete 57 credits of course work.

Major Requirement Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
HI215Reimbursement Methodologies
HI253Medical Coding I
HI255Medical Coding II
HS101Medical Law and Bioethics
HS111Medical Terminology
HS200Diseases of the Human Body
HS210Medical Office Management
HS240Medical Office Accounting
MO250Medical Records Management
MO270Advanced Medical Office Management
SC121Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SC131Human Anatomy and Physiology II
MO290Medical Office Administration Externship and Evaluation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After graduating, you may be eligible to work in an administrative role at a hospital, lab, insurance company or pharmaceutical company. You may find entry-level work as a:

  • Medical office assistant
  • Medical secretary
  • Medical and health services manager

Advanced Degrees

For further study in this field and a more advanced degree, you might be interested in an associate's degree level program of study. With courses in medical terminology, coding and anatomy and physiology, you'll advance your skills and knowledge with an associate's degree and may have greater opportunities.

Advanced degree programs include:

  • Healthcare Administration Associate's Degree
  • Associate's Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Office Management
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting