College Introduces Medical Office Assistant Certificate Program

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College’s new Medical Office Assistant Certificate of Completion program will help you gain the skills you need—in less than a year—to keep a medical office running smoothly and efficiently.

As the health-care field continues to grow, the demand for trained medical office assistants is expected to increase in the next decade. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment outlook for this occupation is higher than average with a growth rate of 31 percent from 2010 until 2020.

With the College’s 19-credit program that starts in the  fall 2012 semester, students will learn medical office administrative procedures and develop the critical thinking skills to successfully work in a medical office environment.

Students can earn the certificate in as little as two semesters, or they can take the courses on a part-time basis, depending on their schedules and needs. Both day and evening classes are available. No prior medical knowledge or experience is required to enroll in the program.

As a major advantage of the program, the stackable curriculum allows students to continue their education and advance in their careers. Students can apply 13 credits from the program to the College’s existing Medical Assisting Certificate and can apply all 19 credits to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Services Management.

After successful completion of the Medical Office Assistant Certificate of Completion program, students will be eligible to take a national Medical Office Assistant certification examination.

For more information visit www.mc3.edu/academics/programs/moa-cc.aspx  or contact the Director of Medical Office Professions Kathleen Schreiner, RN, MSHA, at kschreiner@mc3.edu or 610-718-1812.

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