SCI Programs:Medical Office Specialist Program


  • Develop the administrative skills in records management, billing and coding, and more, to manage a medical office or facility
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of human anatomy and physiology
  • Develop interpersonal skills through interactive curriculum preparing you for a career in physician’s offices, hospitals, emergency care clinics, and more
  • Prepare to pass the CMAA, Word, and Excel certification exams
a keyboard and stethoscope in a medical office
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Be the Pulse of the Health Care Facility

The medical office specialist training program provides students the skills to oversee non-clinical activities in a health care facility. Working in the medical field is highly rewarding. You’ll play a critical role in the efficiency and efficacy of the medical office and help set the stage for a patient’s experience.

Working as a medical office specialist is the perfect position for someone who wants to work in the healthcare field, but isn’t comfortable with or interested in direct patient care. When searching for a job, medical office specialists are often also called:

  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Office Administrator
  • Healthcare Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Secretary
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Patient Resource Representative

Students will graduate with a basic understanding of the anatomy & physiology of the human body, and the interpersonal skills to provide superior customer service functions. Your job responsibilities as a medical administrator can include:

  • Greeting and checking in patients
  • Communicating with patients concerning lab/test results
  • Phoning in prescription orders and refills to pharmacies
  • Preparing and indexing patient medical records
  • Scheduling patient appointments
  • Processing billing for patients
  • Filing insurance claims
  • Overseeing staffing schedules and regular reporting


Become a Medical Office Specialist in Texas

While physicians, nurses, physicians assistants, and nurse practitioners need years of schooling, board exams, and clinical rotations, allied health careers like medical secretary offer opportunities to graduates after securing industry-recognized certifications. The medical office specialist program is offered at several SCI campuses and will prepare you to sit for the following certification exams:

  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant*
  • Microsoft Office Specialist: Word
  • Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel

*Exam fee included in tuition if taken within three months of program completion.

Take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Exam — On Us!*

*When taken within three months of completing the program, SCI will pay for graduates to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.

SCI Students have gone on to work for companies like:

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Medical Office Specialist Technician Training in Texas

Graduate with advanced knowledge of medical office operations and procedures, HIPPA rules and regulations, records management, blended with the necessary customer service skills needed to succeed.

CIS101 Word Processing

Basic techniques of electronic word processing & software applications

CIS102 Spreadsheets

Basic techniques of electronic spreadsheets & software applications

CSV103 Customer Service

Practice customer service skills in a business setting with problem-solving & critical thinking

JOB103 Career Readiness

Integrate learned skills into job search techniques & professional development

KEY101 Keyboarding I

Introduction to proper touch typing skills

MAC103 Communication

Study communication skills in a one-on-one or group setting while learning informal writing techniques

MED107 Foundational Body Systems

Introduction to the anatomy, physiology, structure & function of the foundational systems of the human body

MED108 Vital Body Systems

Introduction to the anatomy, physiology, structure & function of the vital systems of the human body

MED109 Transformative Body Systems

Introduction to the anatomy, physiology, structure & function of the transformative systems of the human body

MED110 Electronic Records and Medical Practice

Explore electronic health records through the practice of administrative tasks such as scheduling, completing reports, entering coding & billing information, & submitting claims

MED111 Utilizing Electronic Records Systems

Practice administrative tasks such as maintaining records, completing forms, documenting diagnosis, & posting chargers, payments, & adjustments

MED112 Billing & Insurance for Medical Offices

Introduction to the fundamental elements and terminology of medical insurance payment systems and reimbursements

MED114 Telemedicine Communication

Examine effective communication techniques used by professionals in a variety of medical settings including telemedicine

MED115 Medical Law & Ethics

Introduction to the law & ethics in the medical profession including the identification of protected health information as it applies to HIPAA

OFF101 Office Procedures I

Study office procedures using electronic applications & resolving business problems.

OFF102 Office Procedures II

Explore filing, time management, scheduling, planning, & operation of office machines.

Invest in Courses at our Texas Campuses

Paying for Your Medical Office Specialist Training Program in Texas:

  • Federal Pell Grant for those who qualify
  • Federal Direct Loan Program for those who qualify
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) for those who qualify
  • Institutional scholarship for those who qualify
  • GI Bill or other Military Assistance Programs
  • Affordable payment plans at 0% interest available for those who qualify


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Southern Careers Institute is authorized to grant associate degrees, grant credits toward degrees, and to use certain protected academic terms at the Austin, Texas campus by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Contact Information:
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, TX

Council on Occupational Education

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)
has been the accrediting body of Southern Careers Institute for
over 25 years.

Contact Information:
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite #325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Phone (770) 396-3898
Toll Free (800) 917-2081

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

Contact Information:
101 East 15th Street, Rm. 226T
Austin, Texas 78778
Phone (512) 936-3100

Want to learn more about how National Certifications might help you in today’s job market?

Is a Career as a Medical Office Specialist Right Up Your Alley?

Interested in learning more about SCI’s medical office specialist program and and seeing if it’s the right career for you? Complete the Request Info Form to receive more information. A member of the SCI Admissions Staff will answer every question you have and get you ready for school. For an immediate response call 1.833.SCI.TEXAS.

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“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


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