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Program Overview

Becoming a Medical Office Assistant (MOA) is the first step towards a career in medical office management. At CNEI, you will be trained in front office procedures such as Billing and Coding, Eligibility, Insurance Verification, and more..

The MOA program is comprised of 6 classroom lecture levels and 1 externship. Upon graduation students are eligible to become a nationally certified as a billing and coding specialist or certified medical administrative assistant accredited by National Healthcare Association (NHA).

Job Summary

Whether your goal is starting your career in a doctor’s office or clinic, long term care facility, a hospital or urgent care, the duties of a medical office assistant focus on keeping that medical office running smoothly. Medical office personnel are vital members of the healthcare team.

Medical Office Assistants carry out tasks based on the setting. Tasks may include:

  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets and physicians’ instructions to patients.
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.

Time to Complete:

36 Weeks 720 Hours

Semester Units:

32

Externship:

1

Lecture Levels:

6

Format:

In-Person

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Program Details

Program Objective

The Medical Office Assistant program is designed to provide students with a well-balanced education through competency-based training that combines didactic instruction and the demonstration and performance of practical skills from a foundation of front office and basic back office knowledge. Graduates will receive the technical knowledge and clinical skills to obtain entry-level employment in today’s competitive healthcare industry by providing the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career in a variety of healthcare office settings.

This comprehensive foundation of knowledge enhances the graduate’s potential for employment to excel within the health care industry. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Diploma and be eligible for National Healthcare Association (NHA) certification.

Program Description

The MOA Program is 540 hours divided into 6 course levels of classroom and practical instruction. The 7th level consists of 180 hours of externship in a facility where students can apply learned concepts and complete clinical objectives (total of 720 hours).

Requirements

In order to join/graduate from the MOA program, students must meet the below requirement:

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Complete all levels
  • Complete externship

Students Must Complete:

  • Lecture Levels I – VI (540 Hours)
  • Externship Level VII – (180 Hours)
Course Levels
Clock Hours
Semester Units
Level I: • Medical Terminology & Anatomy and Physiology
90
5.0
Level II: • Administrative Medical Assistant Profession, Health Care Environment and Medico-Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
90
5.0
Level III: • Interpersonal and Written Communications, Receptionist Role in the Medical Office
90
5.0
Level IV: • Financial Administration, Billing and Coding Procedures, Office Management Procedures
90
5.0
Level V: • Office Equipment, Computer Operations in the Medical Office, Electronic Records Management Systems, Patient Confidentiality-HIPAA Laws
90
4.0
Level VI: • Patient Care Procedures: Sterilization and Disinfection, Vital Signs, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Emergency Procedures, Preparing the examination room
90
4.0
Level VII: • Externship
180
4.0
TOTAL
720
32

Career Outcome & More Information

Medical Office Assistants in California

The data below shows the job market for Medical Office Assistants for the State of California. CNEI cannot guarantee employment, salary levels, or career advancement. The data is not specific to CNEI students or graduates.

1. Salary Range

$34,060 - $54,146

The median wage in 2021 for Medical Assistants in California is $40,938 annually, or $19,68 hourly

2. Job Outlook

24.5% Increase

The Medical Assistants field is expected to increase by 24.5 percent, or 24,900 jobs between 2018 and 2028.

  1. Salary ranges reflect the 25th and 75th percentile for the occupation in California, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of CNEI. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location, and other factors specific to the individual. CNEI does not guarantee employment, salary level, or career advancement.

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