Medical Office Administrative Assistant Certificate

Program Introduction

A Medical Office Administrative Assistant, also referred to as Medical Office Secretary or Medical Office Specialist, will perform routine administrative tasks to help keep the physicians’ offices and clinics running efficiently. Learn more about our Medical Office training below, or call us directly at 800.865.0165 for more information.

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Time to Complete*: 718 clock hours or 8 months

*Estimated time includes instructional hours only and does not include certification exams or study time

National Certification

Upon graduation students will then become nationally certified through National Healthcareer Association (NHA) as a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA).

What is a Medical Office Administrative Assistant?

The healthcare services industry is expected to see continued growth. As a result, the need for Medical Office Administrative Assistant will grow as well. There are opportunities in any medical setting.

With Medical Office training from Brighton, you’ll gain the specific skills and tools you need to successfully pursue this career. You will learn medical terminology, a cornerstone of the medical office, as well as an understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, Coding, etc. Your Medical Office Specialist online education will put you ahead of other candidates by giving you job-ready skills, which will make you immediately employable!

What Will I Study in Brighton’s Medical Office Administrative Assistant Training Program?

Through Brighton’s online Medical Office Administrative Assistant training, you will learn the necessary skills to become a successful medical office clerk or receptionist. These skills include:

  • Reviewing and answering practice correspondence
  • Operating computer systems or other types of technology to accomplish office tasks
  • Answering calls, scheduling appointments, greeting patients, and maintaining files
  • Updating and maintaining patient and other practice-specific information
  • Learning to coordinate collection and preparation of operating reports such as time and attendance

A Career as a Medical Office Administrative Assistant!

Our Medical Office program was designed with you in mind. Our flexible learning model allows you to complete your studies according to your own schedule. You can review lessons as many times as you want, reinforcing the material until you have a solid understanding of it.

Once you enroll, you can get started right away! Medical Office courses are released one by one to ensure you properly retain the information. Upon successful completion you will be ready to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Certification offered through the National HealthCareer Association.

What courses are in the Medical Office Administrative Assistant?

The following courses are included in the online Medical Office Administrative Assistant program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning.

Course ID Course Name
HMS201 Introduction to Health Services
This course is an introduction to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s healthcare system, which will help the student identify more effectively the present and future role as consumer, provider, manager, decision maker, and analyst. For over 50 years, the United States has faced a healthcare crisis, while struggling with the fundamental goals of providing cost-effective, high-quality care to all Americans. In the process, political, economic, and socially acceptable answers continue to be debated. These unresolved issues will serve as a learning platform in the student’s future challenges, as well as in this class. In addition, the class examines an overview of the healthcare system, causes and characteristics of health service utilization, nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and non-financial resources used and needed, measurement of quality of care, and current issues in delivery.
MED200 Medical Terminology
This course provides a comprehensive study of the language of medicine including medical and dental root words, prefixes, and suffixes. These medical terms will be offered for each of the body systems.
MED103 Anatomy and Physiology
This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body systems. Students will acquire core knowledge in the components of each system, and how systems relate to each other. Special emphasis is on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive (male and female) systems.
MED104 Medical Office Procedures
This course provides the required background for the responsibilities of the administrative medical assistant. It prepares students for the ever-increasing use of technology in the medical office, with an emphasis on the importance on the computerization of routine tasks and of communications. Students learn to perform the duties of the administrative medical assistant under realistic conditions and with realistic pressures that require them to organize the work and set priorities. This medical administrative software simulates administrative situations commonly found in healthcare practices. The students will learn to input patient information, schedule appointments, and handle billing. In addition to preparing various lists and reports, the student learns to handle insurance claims electronically.
ACC101 Introduction to Accounting
This course is an introduction to accounting that provides an overview of the fundamental principles used by corporations to record financial transactions. It includes key terms used by accounting professionals and covers the following topics: the accounting equation, financial statements, recording of business transactions, trading business vs. service business, accounting journals, special controls for accounting for cash, accounts receivable and accounts payable, business assets, inventories, payroll and financial statements for partnership and corporate forms of organizations.
MCB101 Medical Coding I
A study of the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM, and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System, ICD-10-PCS) classification system. Topics include coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-10-CM/PCS) codes to diagnosis/procedure statements, case abstracts, and patient records. Use of the ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding manual and a computerized encoder is incorporated; inpatient, outpatient, and physician office reimbursement systems are discussed.

Where Can I Work as a Medical Office Administrative Assistant or Medical Office Receptionist?

Our Medical Office program enables you to gain employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • Doctors’ offices
  • Medical clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing home facilities

Job Outlook

Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to decline 7 percent from 2020 to 2030.

Despite declining employment, about 324,300 openings for secretaries and administrative assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


The median annual wage for secretaries and administrative assistants was $40,990 in May 2020.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, at (visited December 27, 2021).

Total Tuition 2,895.00
Enrollment Fee $100.00
Total Sales Price $2,995.00

Payment Plans

  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full for a total program price of $2,695 and save $300!
  • Private Student Loan: Finance your education with low down payments and customized terms!

All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit: Admission Procedures.

Financial Assistance

To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1-800-865-0165 for more information.


Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check/Declined Check $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200


Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. We recommend purchasing textbooks one course at a time since updated versions are released periodically. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $724 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

Brighton is dedicated to assisting you with your job search. We work side-by-side with you to help you with whatever your post-graduation goals are. Below are some of the benefits you will receive as a Brighton graduate.

Specialized Career Course

All Brighton, students have the option of taking our Career Exploration course. In this course you will learn important skills such as networking, career management, and building interpersonal relationships. You will also have help writing your resume. The focus of this course and its textbook are to help you to get a better job and to decrease the time you will spend doing so.