Program Overview

The Medical Office Assistant Diploma at Minnesota State Community and Technical College teaches students to become trained office specialists in order to work in a medical office.   Medical Office Assistants are a part of the coordination of medical office functions and typically have a variety of duties that include patient scheduling, telephone assistance, record maintenance, medical transcription, and patient billing processes.   Because healthcare is one of the fastest growing areas in the USA, there is a high demand for individuals who are educated in medical knowledge and procedures.  Employment opportunities can potentially be found in places including clinics, insurance companies, public and home health agencies, private practices, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and dental offices.

Individuals who complete this program will have the capability for excellent communication, organization, and critical thinking skills as well as exemplify a high degree of professionalism and ethics.   Students will learn how to use computers and other forms of technology for health care needs, manage and prepare health records, and conduct diagnosis and procedure coding.  The course also teaches bookkeeping and insurance procedures and other medical administrative duties such as scheduling and telephone communication.  The program requires 44 credit hours to compete.  Courses include medical documentation and procedures, outpatient coding, medical transcription and coding, business communication, and pathophysiology.   Students may also be required to take developmental courses in reading, math, and writing in order to prepare them for education on a college level; whether these classes are required is determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Diploma

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College (“M State”) is a two-year public institution of higher education, located in the city of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Students can enroll in courses at M State’s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The Fergus Falls campus has a liberal arts focus, and about 75 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after they attend M State.

    M State offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Many students at M State choose to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree by earning a University Transfer degree at any of the or online through eCampus. M State’s eCampus offers over 25 programs and majors that can be completed entirely online.


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