Find out how you can contribute to the front desk of a medical office.
Find out how you can contribute to the front desk of a medical office.
Being a medical administrative assistant is where the ability to be organized meets the desire for helping others. If getting things done in an orderly fashion while meeting the needs of a healthcare facility sounds appealing, then this growing field17 might be the one for you.
Take your first step toward earning a diploma or degree today with Ultimate Medical Academy’s online Medical Administrative Assistant diploma or Health Sciences - Medical Administrative Assistant degree program. Our 11-month1 diploma program offers a faster route toward completing your education by diving right into the core courses. In 18 months1, you can earn an associate degree that builds on the core course of the diploma program with general education courses. Students in both programs receive an education that will help build the foundational skills necessary for entry-level roles in the field, with care and guidance from our advisors along the way.
Medical administrative assistants help facilities run as smoothly as possible. They are an important factor in the patient experience, from scheduling appointments to handling insurance claims, managing health records, and more. From check-in to check-out, and plenty in between, these healthcare workers are vital in the day-to-day office procedures of a facility.
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When you enroll as an online student in UMA’s Health Sciences – Medical Administrative Assistant degree program or the Medical Administrative Assistant diploma program, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to help keep the healthcare system moving forward. This program prepares students on a flexible schedule for entry-level roles in the field.2 Courses in this program are designed to equip students with skills needed to perform medical transcription and develop and maintain patient files and records. You will also become familiar with basic procedural and diagnostic coding systems and processes, medical records management, coding applications, reimbursement, and more.
Classes at UMA will also prepare you to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.
UMA’s online Health Sciences – Medical Administrative Assistant associate degree program offers courses that give students the opportunity to build foundational field skills while enhancing their skillset in general areas of learning. This is done with a combination of general education as well as the field-specific courses also offered in our Medical Administrative Assistant diploma program.
Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Minnesota.
Credits: 62 Approx. time to complete: 18 months1
Credits: 38 Approx time to complete: 11 months1
Professionals in this field work in settings such as:
After earning your degree or diploma at UMA, you might be glad to know that field has been projected to grow faster than average—10 percent (59,300 new jobs)17. Through 2029, the healthcare industry as a whole is estimated to have 15.7 million open positions.4
UMA graduates in this program can pursue entry-level roles such as:
Entry-level positions for this career field could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $27,000 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $37,350.
The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $54,600. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.
Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.
Why choose UMA?
When you pursue an associate degree from Ultimate Medical Academy:
At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support team can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.
Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.
An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for your newfound passion and career path. Let UMA help you change your future. We are proud to have supported more than 69,000 students through graduation so far. We’d love to help you, too!
You don’t have to stop after you earn an associate degree. UMA maintains agreements with educational partners who share many elements of our mission. Through these partnerships, alumni with an associate degree from UMA who meet a partner’s admissions requirements have an opportunity to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select areas of study. You can find more information on UMA’s partner schools here.
If you qualify for applicable financial aid, we’ll walk you through the process. Multiple resources may be available to help pay for the cost of your education. Our Student Finance advisors are committed to helping you understand the options you qualify for and can assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid to see if you qualify.
To learn more about financial aid possibilities, contact 888-212-5421.
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The person who greets you at the front desk of a doctor’s office or other healthcare provider might have an education similar to a medical administrative assistant. This person provides office administrative support for a healthcare provider.
Medical administrative assistant duties may include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, filing insurance claims, and answering incoming calls. Day-to-day office functions are part of a medical administrative assistant’s tasks.
Yes. The UMA Medical Administrative Assistant program will prepare you to apply for a position as medical office assistant. You may want to consider our Medical Office and Billing Specialist program too.
No. Medical administrative assistants do not take patient’s blood pressure, give injections or perform any other patient care. Those duties would be performed by a medical assistant, nursing assistant or similar position.
You’ll need medical administrative assistant education, which includes teaching you how to perform typical office duties for a doctor’s office or other healthcare provider. In addition to completing career training, you may choose to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam to become certified. In some situations, many are trained on the job and do not receive formal education for MAA.
No. You do not have to become certified in order to work as a medical administrative assistant. However, passing the CMAA exam to become certified may help you stand out in the field as an applicant. To learn more, see the above section entitled, “Helping you prepare for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.”
Online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train for your career on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online academic support, live learning labs, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.
UMA medical administrative assistant courses include: Introduction to Medical Administrative Assisting, Medical Terminology and Transcription, Diagnostic Coding, Procedural Coding and more. To see a list of typical courses for medical administrative assistant, see the courses sections above or consult the UMA Catalog.
Absolutely. While the basic education may be similar between schools that offer medical administrative assistant programs, UMA is pleased to offer a list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.4 UMA is a school that offers medical administrative assistant programs which include one-on-one academic support, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.
Our associate degree program can be completed in 18 months and the diploma program in 11 months (both may vary according to individual student).
You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A medical administrative assistant salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors.
Of course, you’re looking for the best school — for you. So, we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.
Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer medical administrative assistant programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one academic support. Top schools that offer medical administrative assistant training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our Ultimate Student Services page.