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.

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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.

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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 and an entrance examination may be required. 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 $34,560 in May 2015, according to BLS - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The BLS also reported that medical secretaries can expect to see a 21% growth in jobs between 2014 and 2024, and median annual wages for medical secretaries was $33,040 in May 2015.

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.

Individuals looking to begin a career as a medical office administrator can prepare for this vocation by earning a certificate. For job growth and to stay abreast of trends, earning an associate's or bachelor's degree is ideal.

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