Health Care Office Specialist, Certificate



Northampton's Office Administration certificate programs are designed to prepare you to enter a modern office setting in a short time frame. The programs offer career-specific coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within three full-time semesters. Each program provides course offerings that prepare you to work as a team player in a specialized office environment.

Your studies will include state-of-the-art office equipment and computer software. You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively with other people in an office environment. We emphasize development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking, priority setting, and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment.

Graduates of this certificate program often go on to gain employment and then pursue NCC's Health Care Office Coordinator associate degree.


This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled administrative assistant in a health care setting. Responsibilities of a health care office specialist include front-office duties, health services coding, and patient insurance reimbursement, but these responsibilities can vary depending on the size of the practice.

Courses for the health care pathways include Basics of Human Anatomy and Physiology, CPT Coding Methodology, and PCS Coding Methodologies.

We have an excellent record of employment for our graduates in the full range of health care settings.

Graduates of this certificate program can also continue on to complete the Health Care Office Coordinator associate degree with ease.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this healthcare career pathway include:

  • Hospitals
  • Community Health Centers
  • Ambulatory Surgical Units
  • Outpatient Laboratory Centers
  • Physician's Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Elder Care Facilities

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 or adminfo@northampton.edu for further information.

Career Potential: Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Medical Administrative Assistant, Patient Coordinator, Medical Billing Clerk, Medical Coder, Medical Records Clerk


Students who complete the program will:

  • Identify the appropriate documentation that is required for billing and reimbursement.
  • Categorize patient health conditions and treatments to assign proper codes.
  • Apply the appropriate coding system: ICD codes to diagnosis/procedures, HCPCS codes to medical equipment, supplies, etc., and CPT codes to procedures for health records and billing.
  • Apply patient accounting principles and reimbursements.
  • Analyze patient records to maximize reimbursement.
  • Utilize software to accomplish work-related tasks accurately and efficiently in a health care environment.
  • Utilize analytical skills and administrative techniques necessary to organize, prioritize, and manage the flow of confidential information in a health care setting.
  • Exhibit professionally acceptable attitudes, values & ethics in the health care profession.
  • Explain the basic human resource management principles as related to the health care environment.


First Semester

BIOS130Basics ofHuman Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

OFAD101Keyboarding & Formatting Essenti als I

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

HCOA154Medical Terminology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Second Semester

ACCT100Accounting for Non-Accountants

3 credits

CISC101Introduction to Computers

3 credits

HCOA172Health Insurance Basics

3 credits

HCOA175ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Methodologies

3 credits

HCOA176CPT Coding Methodology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

BUSA226Human Resources Management

3 credits

HCOA177Health Information Technology

3 credits

HCOA240Medical Office Mngmt Practices

3 credits

HCOA270Advanced Coding for Medical Services

3 credits

HCOA275Capstone Simulation for Coding

2 credits

HCOA276Diversity & Cultural Competency in Healthcare

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 44