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Medical Office Administration
Online Associate Degree Program

20 Mo.

Program length


Online

Format

60

Credits


$446

Cost Per Credit

Step up your allied health career with an associate degree

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length20 months
Credits to graduate60 credits
Transfer creditUp to 45 approved credits
Format100% online classes, with capstone course or internship
CertificationCertified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam prep – we pay for your first attempt!
PathwaysDegree pathways to continue advancing your allied health career (BS, MBA)
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Earn a foundational healthcare education in under 2 years

Not every healthcare hero works directly in patient care—make a real difference behind the scenes in healthcare by joining the field of allied health. Learn how to help healthcare organizations become more efficient and become a key contributor in an administrative role.

Herzing University’s Medical Office Administration associate degree curriculum is designed for students with no formal healthcare training looking to begin a new, exciting career path in healthcare.

  • Learn online in the Herzing Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include medical terminology, patient privacy, pathophysiology and pharmacology, insurance claims, administrative skills and general education
  • Prepare for entry-level roles in medical administration with a strong educational foundation for future growth
  • Discover bachelor’s degree pathways to advance your healthcare education, including health sciences, healthcare administration, and health information management—transfer credit earned from your Herzing associate degree to greatly decrease the time needed to complete

Take the first step towards a highly rewarding career in medical office administration. Herzing University is your lifelong learning partner, dedicated to making your career possible.

Classes Start March 6th

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Curriculum

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.

ProgramsMonthsiCredits
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Administration2060

i. Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location.

Required Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Anatomy and Physiology Course

◊ 4.00 semester credit hours are required. (3.00 of these semester credit hours will satisfy general education requirement)

Required Internship or Research Project

4.00 credit hours are required.

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 12.00 semester credit hours of open electives is required.

General Education Requirements

Students enrolled in this associate's 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 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.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

1.00 semester credit hours are required.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

When you accept the 10% tuition discount from our Financial Commitment Scholarship, the cost of tuition for the Associate of Science in Medical Office Administration program is $446 per credit.1

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

i. Financial Commitment Scholarship eligibility requirements: Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000 in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Requirements

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

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Classes Start March 6th

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Careers

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.

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical secretaries is projected to increase by 11% from 2020-2030, much faster than the 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.

FAQ

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.

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.

Herzing University offers several online degree pathways in the field of healthcare, including associate degrees in:

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.

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 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical secretaries (also regarded as “administrative assistants”) earn an average salary of $39,740 per year—$19.11 per hour.*

The BLS projects a 11% increase in employment from 2020-2030.

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.

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.

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.

Work environment

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.

Medical assistants can hold a variety of titles, roles and responsibilities based on the employer. There are two broad types of medical assistants:

  • Clinical medical assistants. These medical assistants focus on patient care, including taking vital signs, drawing blood, visual/hearing tests, preparing exam rooms for procedures, communicating with physicians, and much more. Our medical assisting program is designed for students seeking these kinds of roles working directly in patient care.
  • Administrative medical assistants. Sometimes referred to as “front office medical assistants,” administrative assistants handle scheduling, patient records, insurance claims and additional accounting/billing tasks to help the delivery of healthcare run smoothly. These types of medical assistants can specialize their education in a medical office administration program.

Experienced medical assistants, particularly on the clinical side, may specialize in a certain type of care or age group, such as pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiology, orthopedics, or many others.

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.

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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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Accreditations & Disclosures

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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  Transfer Credit Hours
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Administration Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$495.00
Base Tuition$29,700.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (45 x $495.00 )(-$22,275.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$7,425.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$490.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
41
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
6015
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$31,660.00$7,915.00
Estimated Savings*
$23,745.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Students enrolled in the following undergraduate and diploma programs:

  • Business; Criminal Justice; Dental Hygiene Bridge; Dental Assisting; EMT-Paramedic Associates Degree Program, Healthcare Administration; Health Information Management; Insurance Billing and Coding; Legal Studies; Medical Assisting; Medical Billing; Medical Office Administration; Sterile Processing; Surgical Technology
  • Students enrolled in Graduate and Post Master’s Certificate Business Programs

Continuing students may contact a Financial Aid Advisor to confirm eligibility

Requirements

Recommended that students limit student loan borrowing to only what is needed to cover the cost of tuition and fees. Students may borrow up to $2,000* in student loans in excess of tuition and fees to cover their cost of attendance and retain eligibility for this scholarship. *Excess loan eligibility dependent on individual student situation.

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
(866) 508-0748
fa@herzing.edu

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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.