Medical Office Assistant Certificate

Take your first steps toward a healthy future as a Medical Office Assistant!

Whether we’re seeing a doctor for our yearly check-up or help with a sudden injury or illness, the medical office staff is a key stop on our wellness journey.  From scheduling appointments and tests, to billing and coding, to greeting patients and offering emotional support, a well-trained medical office assistant is a healing presence—and a rewarding career. 

You can master the skills needed to be a great medical office assistant in a doctor’s office, hospital or outpatient clinic through our 18-credit certificate. By taking two three-credit courses each term, you can be working and earning money in as little as a year. 

Virtually every major health care provider is searching for these skills, including Penn State Health and UPMC. There is a 16 percent growth in employment predicted in the field. Whether you are just graduating high school or an adult learner looking for a career refresh, this pathway can lead you to a healthy mind, body and bank account.  

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Medical Law and Ethics
Introduction to Human Communication
Human Biology
Medical Terminology and Pharmacology
Medical Insurance
Medical Administrative Procedures

Careers in this field include

  • Medical office assistant
  • Medical secretary
  • Medical receptionist
  • Billing and coding assistant

People who thrive in this field

  • Personable
  • Detail-oriented
  • Patient
  • Empathetic
  • Organized
  • Able to multi-task
  • Flexible
  • Adaptable
  • Problem-solver
  • Observant

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