Medical Office/Insurance Specialist Certificate

About the Career

Serving a vital and often behind-the-scenes role in health care, medical office/insurance specialists serve as a liaison between patients and insurance companies. They assist patients with scheduling, recordkeeping and filing with insurance companies.

Qualities for Success

Students with strong analytical skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills and technical skills tend to excel.

Career Outlook

Growing much faster than average, the field is perfect for those who are organized and enjoy working with people. Between 2012-2022, this field is expected to grow by 22 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations. The average hourly wage for medical office/insurance specialists is $14.68. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

About the Program

In one semester with the Medical Office/Insurance Specialist Certificate, students prepare for administrative positions in health care settings. The program also serves as a springboard for those wanting to continue their studies to become health information technicians, a two-year COM degree program.


Students will sit for the Certified Billing and Coding exam (CBCS) through the National Healthcareers Association.

How to Begin

A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the certification exam. Additional documents may be required for clinical rotation purposes such as immunizations and background check. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.

Course # Title Hrs
MDCA 1000 Medical Office 24
MDCA 1043 Medical Insurance Specialist 48
HITT 1066 Practicum – Health Information(optional, not always available each semester) 160

Stay Connected with COM: