Medical administrator sitting at her desk smiling.
The world of health care is complex, and it becomes more complex by the day. For medical offices and health care centers to thrive, it is essential that they have a team capable of keeping the business end of the operation running smoothly. That is where medical office administrators come in.

Our medical office administration program is offered as a way to educate and train students who are looking to launch a new career in health care and help health care facilities function efficiently.

Our program will award you the associate in specialized business degree in only 18 months, allowing you to work in different positions in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals and many other health care sites.

What You Can Learn

At Penn Commercial Business/Technical School the medical office administration program provides a well-rounded learning experience to students, incorporating the necessary technology, and empowering students to communicate effectively with doctors and nurses. Areas covered include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Documentation
  • Medical Computer Applications
  • Payroll Records and Accounting
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Medical Insurance and Billing
  • Medical Coding
  • Clinical Assisting
  • Communication
  • Pathology
  • Introduction to Psychology

Additionally, you will gain instruction on computer programs and software used in the field, necessary accounting applications and physiology.

The medical office administration program also prepares students to sit for and pass the National Registry Healthcare Administrator Examination.

How You Can Learn

As a student in the medical office administration program, you will blend important theory from classroom instruction with an abundance of opportunities for hands-on learning in laboratory settings, where you will apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios.

You will gain experience working with the relevant technology and software that are typically used in the field today. The program instructors are skilled professionals who have worked for years as medical office administrators and can share crucial knowledge about the health care industry.

“The teachers are very good. If I ever had any questions they always took the time to explain it. They are all an excellent asset to Penn Commercial’s medical programs.” Bernadette Waters, Penn Commercial graduate

At Penn Commercial, we offer modern facilities and laboratories in which you will train in and learn all the required abilities for the health care field. As part of the program, you will complete an externship at a health care site in order to practice what you have learned.

When You Can Learn

Classes are forming now, so the best way to get started is by calling 724-222-5330 today. You can also visit our campus to get more information and see our facilities.

Once enrolled, classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and externships are scheduled during the sixth and final quarter of the program.

Where You Can Go

For us, empowered students will achieve their professional goals and successfully launch new careers. And that is what we at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School have been doing since 1929: empowering. For more than 80 years we have been training students and heightening their abilities so they can be well prepared for every challenge they might encounter in the job market.

The health care industry has been growing significantly, which makes now the perfect time to start your career as a medical office administrator. According to data retrieved from O*NET OnLine, the job growth projection from 2014 to 2024 is 14%. The projected number of job openings for that same period of time is 163,800.*

One of the key strengths of the medical office administration program at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School, and of entering the medical office administrator field, is the wide range of settings in which you will be qualified to work. This degree allows you to work as a:

  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Front Office Staff
  • Office Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Record Copy Clerk

The program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in different facilities, such as:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Urgent care centers
  • Health care clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Medical records departments

To help students successfully find the right position, our alumni and career services offer job fairs, career counseling, interviewing workshops, job listings, resume assistance, employment newsletters and externships.

Our alumni network can also be very helpful. You can find our former students all around the United States working in different industries and achieving great success in their professional lives.

*http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-6013.00

Additional Program Entrance Requirements

In addition to your high school diploma or GED certificate, entrance to the medical office administration program at Penn Commercial requires the following:

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to assist with lifting, moving and transferring patients onto an examination table
  • Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity, lifting, sitting, standing, bending, vision and hearing acuity