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Administrative Support Technology

Specialization in Medical Administrative Assistant

Associate of Applied Science

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Learning skills that are valued in today's health care field

Qualify for a career in a variety of health care settings, from hospitals to insurance firms

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Virginia's health care employers need trained medical office administrators to help manage their organizations.

Start your career with Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology with Specialization in Medical Administrative Assistant.

This program is designed to meet growing demands in the health care field. With this focused track, you will learn medical terminology, medical billing and coding, medical records handling and medical office procedures that meet health care industry standards.

Graduates of this specialization are especially qualified for careers in a variety of health care settings including private medical practices, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and insurance firms.

You’ll learn how to maintain electronic health records, handle billing, schedule appointments for patients, understand medical terms, work with medical records and protect patient privacy. You will also complete an externship with on-the-job training that allows you to apply the skills you've learned in the classroom.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Students in this program can qualify to sit for exams including Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology with Specialization in Medical Administrative Assistant consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held on multiple campuses.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part-time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
66 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,233.10 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While this program prepares you for immediate entry into the workforce, some graduates pursue bachelor’s degrees from Old Dominion University’s business school and Norfolk State University’s business school. See all transfer agreements

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • like problem solving
  • are detail-oriented
  • work well in groups
  • enjoy working with computers
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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By 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for medical administrative assistants will grow by 29 percent

Internship opportunities ensure many students graduate with experience in the field – and job offers

A variety of online course offerings makes it easier to fit the program into your busy schedule

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