Health Care Office Specialist, Certificate



Northampton's Healthcare Office Specialist certificate program is designed to prepare you to enter a modern healthcare setting in a short time frame. The program offers 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 healthcare 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 healthcare environment.

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


This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled administrative assistant in a healthcare setting. Responsibilities of a healthcare 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 healthcare 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 healthcare settings.

Graduates of this certificate program can also continue on to complete the Healthcare 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

Courses can be taken on-ground or online 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:

  • Utilize the appropriate medical terminology.
  • Display the necessary office skills needed to function effectively in a health care setting.
  • Identify the appropriate documentation that is required for billing and reimbursement.
  • 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 adhering to current HIPAA standards.
  • Utilize analytical skills and administrative techniques necessary to organize, prioritize, and manage the flow of confidential information with adherence to current HIPAA standards.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

BIOS130Basics of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

HCOA177Health Information Technology

3 credits

HCOA154Medical Terminology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Second Semester

HCOA172Health Insurance Basics

3 credits

HCOA175ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding Methodologies

3 credits

CISC101Introduction to Information Technology

3 credits

HCOA176CPT Coding Methodology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Third Semester

BUSA226Human Resources Management

3 credits

HCOA240Medical Office Management Practices

3 credits

HCOA276Diversity & Cultural Competency in Healthcare

2 credits

HCOA275Capstone Simulation for Coding

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Total Credit Hours: 36