Medical Office Administrator Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

In medical office administration programs, students learn how to perform clerical and secretarial work in a variety of medical settings, including clinics, physician's offices and hospitals. This article outlines what students should look for when selecting a medical office administrator school.

Medical office administration programs are commonly available through vocational schools and community colleges. Students can earn an undergraduate certificate or associate's degree in this field.

10 Medical Office Administration Schools

Medical office administration programs, or office administration programs with a focus on medical offices, are relatively easy to find. Students may want to consider the following schools:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*
University of Akron Main Campus Akron, OH 4-year, Public Associate's, Undergraduate certificate $10,509 in-state, $19,040 out-of-state
Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Undergraduate certificate, Associate's $4,191 in-state, $4,591 out-of-state
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public 1-2 year certificate $3,569 in-state, $11,337 out-of-state
Presentation College Aberdeen, SD 4-year, Private Associate's $18,358
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC 2-year, Public Associate's $2,664 in-state, $8,808 out-of-state
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 2-year, Public 0-1 year certificate $5,275 in-district, $10,885 in-state, $12,985 out-of-state
CUNY Queensborough Community College Bayside, NY 2-year, Public 1-2 year certificate $5,210 in-state, $8,090 out-of-state
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI 2-year, Public Associate's $4,373 in-state, $6,299 out-of-state
Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI 2-year, Public Associate's $2,798 in-district, $4,382 in-state, $5,990 out-of-state
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC 2-year, Public 0-1 year certificate, 1-2 year certificate, Associate's $2,768 in-state, $8,912 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing between schools:

  • Some schools allow students to major specifically in medical office technology or administration, while others include the subject as a specialization within a broader office technology program. Students may choose between these options based on their academic interests.
  • Students interested in becoming certified should consider programs that offer certification prep courses along with their general courses.
  • Students who are looking programs that include internships or cooperative work experiences may want to find out where they take place so they can be sure to get experience in the setting in which they hope to work, such as the office of a family clinic or children's hospital.
  • Prospective students who work full-time or have other scheduling commitments may want to look for schools that offer part-time schedules and/or online classes.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs for aspiring medical secretaries usually take one year or less to complete. In these programs, students build their general office skills by taking courses in computer software use, administrative management, business communications and professional ethics. They also take classes that provide specific preparation for work in the office of a healthcare facility, such as medical terminology and insurance billing.

Associate's Degree Programs

The vocational coursework in associate's degree programs for medical office administrators is the same as that included in certificate programs. However, students must also fulfill general education requirements. In addition, students may be required to complete an internship in a medical office prior to graduation. In total, associate's degree programs take two years of full-time study to complete.

Medical office administration programs can be found at many different colleges, giving students plenty of choices about where to study. When deciding between schools, it can be helpful to consider scheduling options and possible internship opportunities.

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