Medical office technology programs are usually available at the certificate and associate's degree levels; certificate programs in medical office technology can typically be completed in less than a year, but that shortened time frame normally limits the extent of instruction. Associate's degree programs can take twice as long to complete, but generally offer more instruction in computer technology and basic medical office procedures.
Schools with Medical Office Technology Programs
Medical office technology programs in the United States are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Undergraduate Tuition** (2015-2016)|
|Autry Technology Center||Enid, OK||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $2,100 full day tuition*|
|Barton County Community College||Great Bend, KS||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $3,200; Out-of-state $4,192|
|Bossier Parish Community College||Bossier City, LA||2-year, Public||Diploma||In-state $4,070; Out-of-state $8,580|
|Central Lakes College - Brainerd||Brainerd, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||$5,384|
|Central New Mexico Community College||Albuquerque, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $1,448; Out-of-state $6,704|
|Central Wyoming College||Riverton, WY||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,712; Out-of-state $6,696|
|Century College||White Bear Lake, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Diploma, Associate's||$5,391|
|Chattahoochee Technical College||Marietta, GA||2-year, Public||Diploma||In-state $2,682; Out-of-state $4,818|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
There are a number of things to consider when choosing a medical office technology school.
- Credits earned in an associate's degree program may be transferable to a 4-year college or university.
- Prior to choosing a medical office technology school, individuals should determine their level of computer competency so they can find a program that offers the level of computer instruction they need.
- Another consideration when choosing a program is the number and length of internships students are required to complete; individuals should ensure that their schedule permits the completion of any internship requirements.
- Most medical office technology programs are only offered full time, which may prevent individuals from working or fulfilling other obligations while studying; however, some programs are available on the weekends, evenings or online.
Certificate of Completion in Medical Office Technology
Medical office technology certificate programs require approximately 30 credit hours of study. Most programs also cover medical procedures to prepare students to work in health care facilities.
Associate's Degrees in Medical Office Technology
Associate's degrees in the field can be awarded as an Associate of Arts in Office Technology with a concentration in medical office technology or as an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Technology. In addition to field-specific coursework, students in these 2-year programs must also complete general education courses. Most programs require students to complete an administrative and a clinical internship prior to graduation.
A certificate, diploma, or associate's degree in medical office technology can be pursued at many community colleges. Program lengths vary depending on the type of credentials, and some programs can be completed in evening or weekend study, or online.