Options for learning medical office management are abundant around Chicago, IL, and this field of study is primarily found at 2-year schools. Based on the number of degrees and certificates awarded in the field when compared to other 2-year colleges in the area, the following institution is considered a top school in the Chicago area for medical office management training programs:
- Winner: Harper College awards more certificates and degrees in or relating to medical office management than any other community college found in or within 50 miles of Chicago. Students can select from two relevant certificate programs and an associate's degree program in medical office administration.
School Info Chart
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,054 (in-district); $9,222 (in-state); $11,034 (out-of-state)*|
|Medical Office Management Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Medical Office Management Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||20*|
|Most Popular Medical Office Management Level in 2012-2013||Associate's (13 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||24%*|
|Noteworthy||Programs in the Health Careers Division are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Harper College
- Externship opportunities available
- Studies include classroom instruction and training in labs and a simulated hospital setting
- Graduates of the associate's degree program in medical office administration are prepared to take certification exams administered by the Physician Office Manager's Association and the Professional Association of Health Care Office Managers
A 2-year, public school, Harper College is located approximately 27 miles from Chicago and has an annual student population over 14,000. The school confers degrees and certificates in 150 academic programs. The Health Careers Division office at Harper College offers nearly 20 health programs, including certificate and associate degree programs in or relating to medical office administration and health care office management.
A Health Care Office Assistant Certificate program offers studies in medical front office procedures, health care informatics, health care records management and medical insurance billing. Students interested in medical office management might also consider the Certificate or Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology. These programs will train students to manage electronic records in medical office settings. Courses include medical terminology, health information systems, health care information management, health care informatics and health care information analysis.
The Associate in Applied Science in Medical Office Administration - Health Care Office Manager program covers subjects such as anatomy, physiology, disease and pharmacology, and the business curriculum covers subjects such as leadership and human resource management. Students will develop human relations skills and learn how to manage time and personnel. Coding principles, clinical and laboratory practices, and records management are also addressed.