Medical Office Assistant Certificate Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 75% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Begin a Career in Healthcare and Help Others Heal with Our Online Medical Office Assistant Certificate Program

Healthcare is a growing field that needs people who care for others and want to do their part to help. If you are passionate about helping people but aren’t ready to commit to a full degree, then Liberty University’s 100% online Medical Office Assistant Certificate program is for you. You can get the training you need to begin making a difference in the medical field in just 2 semesters.

Medical office assistants play a vital role in the care and well-being of patients. As an administrative medical assistant, you will often be the bridge between doctors, nurses, patients, and insurance companies. Through this medical office administrative assistant certificate program, you can play an integral role in hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician’s offices, and long-term care facilities.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Occupational Outlook Handbook: Medical Assistants (viewed online June 17, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Why Choose Liberty’s Medical Office Assistant Certificate Online Program?

At Liberty University, our mission is Training Champions for Christ. Because of this mission, we strive for excellence in all that we do. We want to help you provide the best care you can for patients in your future office. Liberty University’s program stresses strong academics and has a dedicated faculty who make it their personal mission to see that you get the best education possible.

Working as a medical office assistant is a great opportunity to serve your community and enter a rapidly growing career field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the job outlook to increase by 19% through 2029 — a much higher rate than most professions.* The certificate credits from this program can also be transferred to our AAS in Medical Office Assistant degree.

What does a medical office assistant do?

As you’re considering your career options, you may be interested in becoming a medical office assistant. However, you might be unsure of what your on-the-job tasks would be. Here are some of the things you’ll be doing when you become a medical office assistant:

  • Communicating with patients
  • Coordinating with other medical professionals
  • Filing paperwork and keeping records
  • Handling medical coding, billing, and insurance claims
  • Working in an office environment at a clinic or doctor’s office

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Occupational Outlook Handbook: Medical Assistants (viewed online June 17, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

What Will You Learn in Our Undergraduate Certificate in Medical Office Administration?

You can learn the business and administrative aspects of the systems and procedures you will handle on a day-to-day basis as a medical office assistant. Plus, you can learn medical terminology and anatomical terms to understand the medical, procedural, and diagnostic coding used in insurance claim processing.

As a staff member, you will often handle a patient’s sensitive medical files. Because of this, you will study the ethical and legal aspects of medicine with a focus on confidentiality, HIPAA, risk management, licensing, contracts, and professional liability.

You will also need to learn best practices of patient billing and bookkeeping for a medical office. This includes using the universal claim form CMS-1500, in which carriers submit the claim form, collections, payments, and accounts receivable.

As a member of the staff in an office and one of the key people communicating between patients and doctors, you must maintain composure in all situations. To help with this, you can learn techniques to maintain compassionate professionalism when interacting with the patient and their families.

Potential Career Options for Graduates of Our Medical Office Assistant Certificate

Our Medical Office Assistant Certificate program can help you prepare for several career paths in the medical field. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are a number of positions that could benefit from our medical assistant certificate, such as:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Medical assistant
  • Receptionist at a medical facility
  • Secretary

This certificate can help equip you with a foundational knowledge of medical office procedures and terminology. Our Medical Office Assistant Certificate could also be your ticket to making valuable connections in the healthcare industry. Better yet, the credits from this certificate can transfer seamlessly into our Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Assistant or help prepare you for future bachelor’s-level studies. 

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

Required Courses

*Course guide available upon request


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Highlights of Our Medical Office Assistant Certificate

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online medical assistant certificate from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • You can complete the Medical Office Assistant Certificate in about 2 semesters – less than 1 year!
  • Our online medical administrative assistant certificate program will open the door to networking opportunities with other professionals.

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences).

Admission Requirements for Online Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Applicants must have a 1.5 or above cumulative GPA for all accredited colleges previously attended. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts**
  • High School Self-Certification form and official high school transcripts within first 12 credit hours
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.