Medical Office Concentrations

Medical Office: The Cornerstone of Healthcare

Medical office administration staff ensure that the healthcare system runs smoothly—allowing doctors and nurses to administer life-saving care. When you join this profession, you’re choosing to potentially be the first face patients see when they enter a clinic or hospital. And your duties will directly affect them; you’ll schedule appointments, manage medical records, process insurance information—all with efficiency and professionalism.

The medical office concentrations at Pensacola Christian College prepare students to become leaders in the healthcare setting, whether they end up in the front office of a large hospital or work from home as a medical transcriptionist. This unique program allows you to choose the intensity level: you can pursue a two-year medical office systems concentration (A.S.) or a four-year degree in business with a medical office administration concentration (B.S.).

Practical, real-world classes will equip you to step into various medical office jobs, possessing a unique combination of cutting-edge professional skills and unshakeable Christian ethics that will establish you as an industry leader.

Faith-Based Medical Office Administration and Systems

Not only will you graduate fully prepared to enter the healthcare field, but your Bible-based classes will prepare you to be a light for Christ. You’ll be a distinctly Christian professional, ready to tackle legal and ethical decisions with a biblical perspective and a heart for serving others faithfully.

Medical Office Administration (B.S.) Learning Outcomes

As a medical office administration graduate, you will be able to

  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview,
  • communicate effectively in written and oral presentations,
  • use current technology and computer applications effectively in your chosen profession,
  • relate knowledge to practical experiences,
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in your chosen field,
  • support management in medical office duties, and
  • direct the work effort of others to support and assist management in a medical office.

Medical Office Systems (A.S.) Learning Outcomes

As a medical office systems graduate, you will be able to

  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview,
  • communicate effectively in written presentations,
  • use current technology and computer applications effectively in your chosen profession,
  • relate knowledge to practical experiences, and
  • support management in a medical office setting.

Program Highlights

Medical Office Practicum

B.S. students will have the opportunity to gain 40 hours of real-world medical office assistant training when they complete a practicum (OA 428). You’ll be fully immersed in the medical office profession and will closely observe the duties and responsibilities of your future career. A practical step toward your future, this practicum will give you essential work experience and allow you to put your classes into action.

Advanced Medical Transcription

You’ll get the chance to put your medical transcription and keyboarding skills to the test in a class (OA 424) that allows you to transcribe actual physician reports. Sharpen your accuracy, speed, and medical terminology knowledge while preparing to take the Association for Healthcare Document Integrity (AHDI) registration examination.

Your Medical Office Future

What can you do with your medical office concentration?

After you graduate, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to begin your career instantly. But you could expand your options further by pursuing a grad degree or preparing to take the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) Exam. Either way, you’ll find yourself highly qualified for your field, ready for success.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Insurance Billing/Coding
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Sales
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Office Manager

Here are a few of the grad schools our medical office alumni have attended.

  • George Washington University
  • Liberty University
  • North Carolina State University

Here are a few of the many places that our medical office alumni have worked.

  • Allegiance Title Company
  • Ascension Sacred Heart
  • Fishbein Orthodontics
  • Maria Parham Franklin
  • Medical Transcription Associates
  • Wylie Dental Associates

Faculty Highlight

Donna Smith

Dr. Donna Smith

B.S., M.S., Pensacola Christian College
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University

“The medical office program at PCC strives to produce graduates that are not only competent in skills like medical terminology, medical transcription, and more, but that are equipped to be a godly influence in their workplace. These majors will equip you to join one of the fastest growing healthcare careers in the U.S.—and stand out while doing so.

Within the last couple of years, dedicated courses in ICD-10-CM and CPT coding as well as medical insurance have been incorporated into the medical office administration concentration, which strengthens the curriculum to help prepare students for the path of coding certification. You will gain a solid foundation for medical office management and gain the skills necessary to make a difference in your field. ”

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Alumni Spotlight

Hannah Looney
Hannah Looney, CPC ’19

Certified Medical Coder at Ascension Sacred Heart

“Medical office admin can give you the tools to go far in your career. Not only does having a B.S. look good on paper, but I feel I was given the tools for success. All the classes that I was required to take were very practical. You can be a medical coder without getting a B.S., but then you missed all the computer training and all the general information on professionalism. I was able to jump into my job after getting my medical coder certification and not miss a beat. Sure, you can skip college and just get a certification, but with a degree, you would be qualified for leadership positions and better pay.

I am very passionate about health, and I am fascinated by the human body and medicine. There is always something new to learn in this field, which is good for me because I tend to get bored easily. This major and now my career is just a perfect fit for me! ”

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Medical Office Concentrations Course Schedule

Keyboarding Class

About the Medical Office Programs

The purpose of the medical office administration concentration is to train students for both support and administrative roles in health-related organizations. In this balanced program, students master general medical terminology, medical billing and coding, and medical transcription as well as general office skills and learn to apply biblical principles to workplace decisions.

The purpose of the medical office systems concentration is to prepare students to be skilled workers in a medical office. Students demonstrate competent ability in medical and general office duties while learning to apply biblical principles to various workplace situations.

Students who complete keyboarding in high school take a placement exam to determine a course best suited for their skill. Required courses waived by placement exam must be replaced with other business electives.

Recommended high school preparation for a medical office systems concentration is a keyboarding course in which students learn proper technique and develop speed and accuracy. Students will take a placement exam to determine a course best suited for their skills. Opportunities are available to make up keyboarding deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete a medical office systems concentration could be expected to increase.

Medical office administration and medical office systems students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

Roger and Eloise Anderson Scholarship
Up to $3,000 scholarship awarded to a continuing sophomore with a business major, mechanical or pre-medicine concentration, or pre-law emphasis who has a financial need, to be applied in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th semesters of consecutive attendance.

Bank of America Scholarship
$500 scholarships each awarded to continuing sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a business major who have a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

Charlene E. Ball Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship awarded to a student with a medical office administration concentration who has a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

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Career Fair

Business Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your career in a medical office.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.