• Medical Administrative Assistant

    M State programs help prepare students to fill administrative positions in health care, one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. We can provide the training you need to play an essential administrative role on a health care team.


Medical Administrative Assistant

The Medical Administrative Assistant AAS degree prepares graduates to coordinate medical office functions and patient billing processes. With a combination of technical and liberal arts credits, graduates are prepared to move into leadership roles in this expanding career field.

The 60-credit degree is offered on our M State campuses in Moorhead and Wadena and online through eCampus.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

Grant recipients must be Minnesota residents and meet income guidelines. They also must graduate from a Minnesota high school, complete an ABE program or pass a GED test.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322, or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Professional business and medical communication skills
  • Medical terminology
  • Health care record preparation and management
  • Professional work behavior
  • Diagnosis and procedure coding
  • Insurance and financial procedures
  • Appointment schedule management
  • Legal and ethical behavior in the health care setting
  • Patient registration procedures
  • Medical office management skills


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized education
  • Option of online education

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Medical Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Online, Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Kelly Carlson
Instructor, Medical Administrative Assistant
Online, Moorhead
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Brenda Potter
Moorhead, Online
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Medical Administrative Assistant


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Medical Secretary regional wage

Medical Secretary regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's medical administrative program have employment opportunities in varied health care settings including: Medical clinics, insurance companies, Government Agencies, public health agencies, home health care agencies, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and dental clinics.

Description: Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

data source: Career Coach


Medical Secretary employment

629 Employed in your area

44 Estimated annual job openings

178 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Medical Secretaries in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 60 10%
25-34 125 20%
35-44 112 18%
45-54 154 24%
55-64 149 24%
65+ 29 5%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required courses for Medical Administrative Assistant

  • Medical Documentation Fundamentals
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Medical Language Applications
  • Medical Billing/Insurance
  • Outpatient Coding
  • Beginning Medical Transcription
  • Medical Office Technology Tools
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Office Career Insight
  • Medicare Coding and Billing Applications
  • Medical Office Capstone
  • Business Communications I
  • College Writing
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Developmental Psychology

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:00am