Step up your allied health career with an associate degree
- Complete classes 100% online with either a capstone course or internship
- Typical program length: 20 months
- Transfer up to 45 approved credits
- Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam prep – we pay for your first attempt!
- Degree pathways to continue advancing your allied health career (BS, MBA)
Medical Office Administration degree classes & curriculum details
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.
All classes are delivered online with a required capstone or internship.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location.
All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Required Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
◊8.00 semester credit hours are required. (3.00 of these semester credit hours will satisfy general education requirement)
Required Internship or Research Project
4.00 semester credit hours are required.
* Enrollment in a student readiness training is required two terms prior to internship course. Successful completion of training is required prior to internship course enrollment.
Open Elective Courses
A minimum of 12.00 semester credit hours of open electives is required.
General Education Requirements
Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education (◊includes 3.0 credit hours from Anatomy and Physiology listed in above required) distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences ◊Science Semester Credit Hours are satisfied through Anatomy and Physiology requirement listed above.
Medical Office Administration degree enrollment requirements
Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Medical Office Administration associate degree program include:
- Completion of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
- Complete an enrollment application
What can I do with a degree in medical office administration?
Earning a medical office administration associate degree positions you best to apply for many different types of jobs in a medical office, including titles such as:
- Medical Office Administrator
- Medical Secretary
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Office Manager
- Medical Office Specialist
- Unit Support Representative
Every job will come with a unique set of specific responsibilities. Most jobs in medical administration involved answering phones, scheduling appointments, organizing patient records and customer support. Getting educated familiarizes you with medical terminology and processes necessary to prepare you for success in these positions right off the bat.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical secretaries is projected to increase by 10% from 2019-2029, much faster than the 4% average across all U.S. occupations.
Position yourself best to qualify for entry-level positions in the growing field of medical administration by earning an associate degree in less than 2 years.
How can I advance my career? There are many bachelor's degree possibilities in allied health, including health sciences, healthcare administration and health information management. Strong administrators could pursue a bachelor’s degree to continue climbing the career ladder, or consider an MBA in Healthcare Management to qualify for leadership positions in the business of healthcare.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Herzing University offers several online degree pathways in the field of healthcare, including associate degrees in:
- Medical Office Administration
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Billing
- Medical Coding
- Health Information Management
- Healthcare Administration
And bachelor’s degree options in:
Students looking to build a bachelor’s degree combining healthcare with another concentration may consider a degree in interdisciplinary studies. You can choose two concentrations to merge foundational education in healthcare administration with business, criminal justice or network security.
Our goal is to provide the educational pathway you need to discover the healthcare career you’ve always wanted.
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/administrative assistants practice in a clerical role rather than in direct patient care, responsible for organizing patient records, scheduling appointments, answering phones or filing paperwork.
Earning a degree isn’t always required to become a medical office administrator (or administrative assistant), 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in 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.
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