Medical Office Manager Training & Jobs

Find out what medical office management careers are like.

The Basics

What you'll do in a medical office management job: Medical office managers organize office activities and provide support to physicians and other medical staff. They're responsible for everything from transcribing dictation to answering the phone and scheduling patients.

Where you'll work: Physicians' offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, nursing homes.

Degree you'll need to practice: Certification or associate's degree

Average annual salary: $76,870*

Medical Office Management Education Requirements

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While there are no specific education credentials required for medical administration, most medical office managers have some formal training in medical office management or a related field. Training is usually offered by career colleges and community colleges. If you're ready to start your medical office management training, you have a couple of different education option.

Students interested in pursuing medical office administration careers may choose either of the following:

  • 1-year certificate or diploma
  • 2-year associate degree

What You'll Study in a Medical Office Management Program

Medical office management and medical administrative assistant training programs provide you with the skills necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of a medical facility.

Typical medical administration programs offer courses in:

  • Medical terminology
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Labor law
  • Billing and collections
  • Office management
  • Business communication
  • Human resources

A medical office manager must also be well versed in a wide variety of subjects including:

  • HIPAA
  • Medicare
  • Salaries and benefits
  • OSHA
  • Managed care
  • Staff management
  • Facility management
  • Physician recruitment
  • Legal issues
  • Malpractice
  • Medical record management
  • .ICD-9-CM and CPT coding

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Administrative Services Managers.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.