Program Overview

The Medical Office Assistant Career Studies Certificate offered by New River Community College is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is intended to prepare students to take on the roles and responsibilities of a medical office assistant. This program aims to prepare students to take on employment positions such as an office assistant in a medical practice in a hospital setting or in other health care organizations. It is important to note that this program has some additional admissions requirements. Students must also take an English placement exam. If a student is deficient in this, then they are required to take additional courses to correct those deficiencies in New River Community College’s Developmental Studies Program.

This program requires its students to take and complete 18 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Medical office Assistant Career Studies Certificate. A student can complete this program in two semesters if they are taking courses part time. The required courses include: Editing and Proofreading Skills, Microcomputer Office Applications, Medical Terminology, Office Administration, Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I, and Electronic Health Records Management. These courses are paramount to a student gaining an understanding of the skills, knowledge, and responsibilities required by a position such as a Medical Office Assistant.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    New River Community College was founded in 1959 as New River Vocational-Technical School. The school became part of the Virginia Community College System in 1966 and in 1969 the name was changed to New River Community College. NRCC provides associate's degrees and certificates and is classified as a public, two-year institution. The school operates with the mission to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality that are financially and geographically accessible and that meet individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.

    Students have a variety of options academically at New River Community College, with a mix of programs within two academic divisions: Arts & Sciences and Business & Technologies. Many associate's degrees can be transferred to four-year institutions. New River Community College offers distance learning options for nontraditional courses. Some degrees and certificates can be completed entirely through these courses.

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