Medical Office Administrator

     According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,, healthcare support occupations are projected to increase 34 percent from 2010 to 2020. Factors contributing to the increasing demand for skilled medical administrators include the implementation of electronic medical record technology, electronic prescribing software, changes in medical coding and billing practices, an aging population, and expanding medical practices and healthcare organizations.

     The Medical Office Administration degree offers students the courses, training and knowledge to work in the following health-related occupations:

Medical Front Office

~ Certified Coding and Billing Clerk/Specialist

Medical Administrative Assistant

Medical Transcriptionist

Medical Assistant

Medical Records Technician

Medical Office Manager

     Skills needed to meet the demands of today’s medical office include computer applications, diversity, teamwork, customer service, medical ethics, appointment scheduling, written communication and presentation skills, supply inventory and procurement, interpersonal communication skills, Internet, patient confidentiality, medical coding/billing, insurance, medical transcription and business professionalism. 

-- Following the first 35 hours of study, students are awarded the Medical Coding Certificate, which offers a working knowledge of the skills required of a Medical Office Billing and Coding Professional.  The program prepares students for national medical coding certification exams, and provides focused training in health information managment, health records management and advanced medical billing. 

-- Second year courses lead to the Medical Office Assistant Certificate, which prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, surgical facilities, insurance companies, urgent care centers, and doctors’ offices.

     These certificates follow a course sequence that eventually leads to the two-year Medical Office Administration Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.


For more information contact:

 Donna Swartz

Program Director/Instructor Medical Office Administration

(409) 944-1493


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Updated 1/7/2013 - Content Author dswartz