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Continuing Education

Medical Office Assistant Fact Sheet

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Medical Secretary jobs are expected to grow 41% from 2012-2022 in northwest Virginia, much faster than average.


The Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education Medical Office Assisting Program is validated by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). The three courses provide training required to prepare for the National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) national examination given by NCCT.


Total cost of the program (three courses, books, exam fee) is $2,118. The student is solely responsible for arranging/paying for NCCT testing and purchasing textbooks.


Medical Office Reception

  • Reception
  • Scheduling
  • Communication
  • Record Management
  • Supplies and Equipment Management
  • Office Safety

Medical Office Operations

  • Medical Terminology
  • Basic Health History, Interview and Charting, Vital Signs
  • Health Insurance
  • Coding
  • Financial Management
  • Law and Ethics

Medical Terminology (prerequisite for the other two courses)

  • Basic Word Structure
  • Terms Pertaining to the body
  • Suffixes
  • Prefixes