Your new career in healthcare IS possible
- Complete classes 100% online with either a capstone course or internship
- Program length: 12-20 months
- Choose your path—diploma & degree options
- Transfer up to 45 approved credits into an associate degree program
- Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam prep – we pay for your first attempt!
- Degree pathways to continue advancing your career (BS, MBA)
Medical Office Administration Program Curriculum & Classes
Herzing University's degree program offers a coordinated approach to Medical Office Administration that features three levels of education. Each program lays the foundation for the next. Diploma graduates can seamlessly enter the associate degree program. Associate degree graduates can potentially move on into the healthcare management bachelor’s degree program. This allows students to work in career-level jobs throughout most of their post-secondary studies.
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Administration
Diploma in Medical Office Administration
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location.
Students in this online program gain the basics needed for career employment. They achieve the required computer skill level as well as learn medical terminology and medical billing procedures. Graduates are fully prepared to work as an entry-level healthcare administrator in a private practice or public facility setting.
Associate degree path
The online associate degree program expands what is learned in the diploma level with the general education courses required for an associate degree. It offers more career flexibility and provides the foundation needed for those who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at any point in their careers.
How can I become a Medical Office Administrator?
The steps to start your new career include earning an education, getting your first job, building your skills and experience, and becoming certified.
Requirements to excel in a medical administration job include communication & interpersonal skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, phone & email etiquette, comfort with technology and a firm grasp of common medical terminology.
Earning an associate degree or diploma positions you best to get your first job in medical office administration and grow into new roles. Employer requirements will vary based on the job, but formal training makes you very hirable.
Enrollment requirements for Herzing’s diploma or associate degree program include a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, drug testing, immunizations & health checks, and interviewing with a Herzing admissions advisor.
What can I do with a degree in Medical Office Administration?
There are many opportunities available for those interested in pursuing a medical administration degree. Since any medical office requires clerical support, healthcare administration careers exist at any doctor office, hospital, clinic, long-term care facility, and any other healthcare office. Examples of jobs in medical office administration for Herzing University graduates include:
- Admitting Clerk
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Office Assistant
- Medical Secretary
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Clerk
Graduates of Herzing University's online Medical Office Administration programs will also have knowledge of medical billing and reimbursement (including Medicare and Medicaid) and will be able to perform those duties as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you like people and are detail oriented, medical office administration could be a great career field. A career as a medical office administrator could be right for you, if you:
- Enjoy helping others
- Like working in an office setting
- Are compassionate and supportive
- Enjoy working with paperwork and on a computer
- Work equally well alone or as part of a group
- Like clear guidelines
- Appreciate a common-sense approach to problems
- Have good people and communication skills
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical secretaries (also regarded as “administrative assistants”) earn an average salary of $38,090 per year—$18.31 per hour.*
The BLS projects a 16% increase in employment from 2018-2028.
How much you can expect to make will depend largely on the precise responsibilities of the job, your level of education & experience, and the state in which you work.
Because of the many duties, responsibilities and job titles in this field, pay can vary widely.
** These are national estimates and do not represent entry-level/starting wages.
Medical assistants typically have a greater role in patient care, and may perform tasks like taking vital signs, providing injections or medications or aiding in patient exams.
Medical office assistants practice in a clerical role rather than in direct patient care, responsible for organizing patient records, scheduling appointments, answering phones or filing paperwork.
Specific roles and responsibilities will vary by position. Medical office administrators and assistants typically perform a variety of clerical duties, including answering phones, scheduling appointments, processing & organizing patient records, bookkeeping & accounting tasks, and other customer support.
Jobs in medical administration are most often found in an office environment within a healthcare facility. A typical work week for full-time employees is 40 hours, Monday–Friday with the possibility of paid overtime, depending on the employer. Employers may additionally offer benefit packages which may include health insurance, paid vacation, and a retirement savings plan such as profit-sharing or 401(k). Some employers also have part-time opportunities available.
The Herzing University medical office administration associate degree program takes an average of 20 months to complete – less than 2 years.
As an alternative, the diploma program usually takes only 12 months to complete.
Earning a degree isn’t always required for a position in medical office administration, although applicants holding an associate degree may have an edge over those with only a certificate or no formal training at all.
Herzing’s diploma program in medical office administration, typically completed in as little as 1 year, is built to help you get the education you need to earn your first professional job in medical office administration.
Yes! There are many benefits to working in medical office administration, including the ability to build your skills in a growing field and open opportunities to propel your career to the next level.
With Herzing University you have a lifelong learning partner who strives to empower you to become possible.
Becoming certified isn’t always required by employers, but our goal is to empower you to become as employable as possible and thrive in your new career. Earning certification can help you earn the job you really want.
The Herzing medical office administration program curriculum includes preparation for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)—and Herzing pays for your first attempt! Becoming a CMAA gives you the professional credentials many healthcare employers are searching for.
All students enrolled in the Medical Office Administration program are required to sit for the CMAA certification exam.
Medical Office Administration Degree Programs
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This associate program is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level office positions in the healthcare industry. Career opportunities may be in areas such as the medical office or clinic, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare office settings. The program also includes a comprehensive general education curriculum, preparing students for future career advancement opportunities.
This program is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level office positions in the healthcare industry. Career opportunities may be in areas such as the medical office, clinical, hospital, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare office settings.
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