Medical Office Administrator Certification and Certificate Programs

The certificate in medical office administration trains students for entry-level positions in this field. Students are trained to work in the front office as receptionists or in the back office, looking after patients' charts and performing billing duties.

Essential Information

Medical office administrators are responsible for assisting with the day-to-day and long-term operations of a physician's office, dental office, clinic or hospital. Medical office administrators must have a working knowledge of health care practices and have training in computers and office applications. In most cases, obtaining a certificate can be adequate to begin working as a medical office administrator. Courses students could expect to take include medical transcription, medical claims processing and coding and billing.

  • Program Levels in Medical Office Administration: Certificate programs, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees
  • Prerequisites: High school diploma; entrance examination sometimes required

Certificate in Medical Office Administration

A medical office administration certificate prepares students to perform operational functions and monitor administrative and clinical equipment. A high school diploma is usually required to get into one of these certificate programs. Knowledge in computers is a plus. Students are provided with the knowledge and skills to work in a medical office. The administrative focus of the certificate program may include courses in:

  • Transcription
  • Word processing
  • Patient data collection
  • Insurance claims processing
  • Bookkeeping and medical coding and billing

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

Physician's office administrators earned an annual mean salary of $53,230 per year in 2014, according to BLS - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Average job growth of 12% was expected from 2012-2022.

Continuing Education

Graduates of a certificate program may further their career by studying for an associate's degree or bachelor's degree in medical office administration or medical office management.

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