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Online Medical Administrative Assistant Course

Medical Assistant Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
4-10 months, self-paced.

Medical Assistant Results

Certification Results:
CMAA exam pass rate 87% vs. 73% National Average.

Electronic Medical Records Program Goals

Program Goal:
To prepare students to take the CMAA exam and gain entry-level employment as a medical administrative assistant.

Program Outcomes

You can learn all the skills you need to know to start a new career in Medical Administrative Assisting. Your online medical administrative assisting course training will include medical terminology, concepts in human anatomy, ethical and legal issues, how to prepare and process medical paperwork, medical insurance and billing, scheduling appointments and electronic records.

Kaylah Thornton Instructor

Medical Administrative Assistant Program Instructor/Course Expert

Kaylah Thornton, B.S., RN

At U.S. Career Institute, our dedicated team of course experts, instructors and instructor assistants are committed to developing and delivering high-quality curriculum. Our qualified Medical Administrative Assistant instructor Kaylah Thornton, not only possesses extensive qualifications but has also actively worked in the field. This firsthand experience allows her to provide invaluable support to ensure the success of our aspiring Medical Administrative Assistant students.

Online Medical Administrative Assistant school training outcomes

The coursework trains students to:

  • Build a fundamental understanding of the human body and medical terminology.
  • Skillfully perform and document routine medical clinical procedures according to current office protocol.
  • Respond appropriately to medical emergencies and other common medical conditions in the medical office.
  • Understand the basics of scheduling and complete CMS-1500 forms using cloud-based software.
  • Compare the types of healthcare insurance and explain the differences between them.
  • Explain the history and development of various diagnostic and procedural coding manuals and how they apply to insurance.
  • Examine terms used on an explanation of benefits, complete a CMS-1500 form for secondary insurance carriers, create medical bills for patients and maintain records on claim reimbursement.
  • Employ legal and ethical standards related to patient confidentiality within the healthcare community environment.


Instruction Pack I: Introduction to Medical Administrative Assistant

In Pack 1, students explore the roles of various healthcare professionals, and learn how to handle medical front office procedures with effective phone and scheduling skills. They begin learning medical terminology using a unique word-building system to help them interpret new terms. Additionally, students discover the role medical records play in the healthcare profession and gain a basic understanding of electronic records. Students also work with common first-aid situations and procedures that they may deal with in this career. Finally, students practice interpersonal communication skills—both verbal and written.

Instruction Pack II: Anatomy, Scheduling and Office Skills

Pack 2 begins with students learning about anatomy before focusing on the various types of insurance. Students get hands-on practice creating patient profiles and scheduling appointments with cloud-based practice management software. After examining important ethical and legal issues that they may encounter, students wrap up with office essentials, including when a release of information is needed and how to properly obtain consent.

Instruction Pack III: Correspondence and the CMS-1500 Claim Form

Pack 3 begins with creating professional business letters, memos and emails. They also learn to apply an understanding of how the mind works to a career as a medical administrative assistant. Students explore the history of reimbursement and the development of the various coding systems. This pack introduces students to one of the most common insurance claim forms—the CMS-1500. Students get extensive, hands-on practice completing the CMS-1500 form and interpreting explanations of benefits, as well as completing secondary claims.

Instruction Pack IV: HR, Pharmacology and Claims

In Pack 4, Students explore the functions of recruitment, orientation and training that apply to human resources. They learn the basics of pharmacology—drug forms, sources of drug information, drug regulation and patient education. Students learn to complete a claim using a cloud-based medical billing software, and then explore how to deal with insurance follow-up, denials and aging. Finally, students will use everything you’ve learned in this course to work through different tasks and problems that might be encountered on the job.

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