• Medical Office 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 Office Assistant

M State's Medical Office Assistant diploma program trains office specialists to coordinate medical office functions including patient appointment scheduling, telephone communications, medical record maintenance, medical transcription and patient billing processes.

The 44-credit diploma 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 Minnesota 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.

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 on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Professional business communication
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical office technology
  • Legal and ethical behavior in a health care setting
  • Diagnosis and procedure coding
  • Medical office insurance and financial procedures
  • Knowledge of the body's structure and function
  • Knowledge of disease processes and treatments
  • Appointment schedule management
  • Patient registration procedures
  • Professional communication in a medical office


Why M State

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

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Medical Office Assistant Diploma
Locations: Online, Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Fonda Thompson
Instructor, Medical Transcription
Moorhead, Online
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Medical Secretary regional wage

Medical Secretary regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's medical office assistant 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.

For more information visit Career Coach.

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 Office Assistant

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

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:02am