Associate's Degree in Medical Office Administration

If you're interested in working as an administrative assistant in a hospital, clinic, or other medical setting, Virginia College's Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration program could help prepare you for this career. Continue reading for more information about this associate's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Virginia College's Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration program combines a basic business education with courses addressing a variety of medical office procedures and functions. Concentration area courses cover medical terminology, insurance billing procedures, medical transcription, patient record keeping, and customer service. Classes to develop keyboarding and word processing skills are also offered. An externship in a professional health care facility is included in the curriculum. The Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration is offered at several Virginia College campuses as well as online.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Some experience working as a secretary or administrative assistant within any type of industry could be helpful prior to enrolling in the Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration program at Virginia College. You might have taken previous courses to develop communication and management skills. Applicants to Virginia College programs should have a high school diploma or GED.

What Are the Course Requirements?

As a student of Virginia College's Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration program, you must complete 96 quarter credit hours. A total of 64 credits are in concentration area courses, with the remaining 32 credits taken in general education and foundation courses. You will also participate in a supervised externship at a hospital, physician's office, or other medical facility.

Foundation Courses

Course CodeCourse Name
EDU 1010 Learning Framework
EDU 1020 Career Exploration/Planning

Concentration Courses

AOM 1010 Keyboarding
AOM 1100 Word Processing
AOM 1200 Spreadsheets
AOM 1400 Presentations
BUS 1000 Introduction to Business
BUS 1410 Principles of Accounting I
BUS 1460 Computerized Accounting
BUS 1770 Customer Service
MED 1010 Medical Terminology
MED 1080 Medical Office Procedures
MED 1140 Medical Law and Ethics
MED 1200 Medical Office Transcription
MED 1840 Medical Insurance Procedures
MED 1850 Medical Insurance Applications
MED 2000 Computerized Medical Records Systems
MED 2610 Medical Office Administration Externship

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of Virginia College's Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration program, you could begin your career in entry-level positions in a variety of medical environments. You could become involved in customer service, insurance billing, patient record filing, or medical transcription. Possible job positions include:

  • Medical transcriptionist
  • Medical secretary
  • Medical billing specialist
  • Medical records technician

Advanced Degrees

In many cases, an Associate of Science degree in Medical Office Administration will be sufficient to begin in this field. A four-year degree might be required for advancement. Currently, no colleges or universities offer a bachelor's degree in medical office administration. However, there are many other related options that could be pursued, including:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Medical Office administration.

Advanced degrees may not be offered at Virginia College, and credits may not be transferable.