The mission of the medical office assistant program at Bergen Community College is to train students in medical office assistant techniques and procedures in order to prepare them for the licensure examination to work in the field. Medical office assistants are multi-skilled practitioners who perform administrative, clinical, and management duties. Graduates may work in physicians’ offices, clinics, HMO’s, billing companies, or other ambulatory care facilities, such as freestanding emergency centers and hospitals. Clinical responsibilities include performing laboratory tests, taking electrocardiograms, injections, vein punctures, sterilization techniques, vital signs, and assisting with minor surgery. Administrative responsibilities include scheduling appointments, billing and collecting, coding diagnoses and procedures, insurance claim forms, medical records, performing computer applications, and providing patient instructions. Graduates of the medical office assistant program at Bergen Community College are prepared to take the Certified Medical Assistant examination by the American Association of Medical Assistants.
The Health Professions Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in medical office assistant is designed to provide students with the coursework and training needed to enter into the field as a medical office assistant. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in the medical office environment. Once students complete the program, they are prepared to take the Certified Medical Assistant examination by the American Association of Medical Assistants. Once students pass the licensure exam and requirements, they become a certified medical assistant. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) in medical office assistant may consider transfer opportunities into other allied health and science majors. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.