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Administrative Support Certificate Level II: Medical Specialty



Administrative services degree and certificates provide students with technical skills. Skills include medical terminology, medical coding, time management, human/customer relations, telephone techniques, administrative management, information management, oral and written communications, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation, document layout, and Internet research.

A wide variety of job opportunities are available to program graduates in many types of offices. Jobs include office assistant, receptionist, administrative assistant, medical office receptionist, medical secretary, and medical administrative assistant. After a few years in the field, graduates can become medical office managers, medical administrative assistants, billing clerks, or hospital clerks. The demand for medical employees will continue to grow as Houston has one of the largest medical communities in the world. The job market will remain strong in this area.

NOTICE: Students will be required to pay liability insurance during the semesters involving off-campus internships. At some facilities, students may be required to show proof of immunizations such as Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, tetanus, and MMR (mumps, measles, rubella).

Graduation Requirement

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities, and the degree will transfer in whole to some universities. Through articulation, some students may have earned college credit while in high school. Contact a counselor, division advisor, or faculty member at any college for specific information about articulation and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses

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Please contact the Administrative Services Department at your campus for more information.

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Administrative Services AAS Degree: Medical.

First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
POFT 1329 Beginning Keyboarding 3
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
ITSW 1301 Introduction to Word Processing 3
ITSW 1304 Introduction to Spreadsheets 3
POFM 1327 Medical Insurance 3
POFM 1300 Basic Medical Coding 3
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
POFT 1301 Business English 3
POFT 1325 Business Math Using Technology 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 10 Credits
BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4
POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications 3
HPRS 2321 Medical Law & Ethics Health Professions 3
Second Semester Courses 6 Credits
POFM 2310 Intermediate Medical Coding 3
POFM 2380-or-POFM 2386 Cooperative Education - Medical Administrative Assistant/Secretary1-or-Internship - Medical Administrative Assistant/Secretary1 3
Administrative SupportCertificate - Medical Specialty Program Total 46 Credits


  1. Capstone Course

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Career Options

Median wage: Wages vary by position title and credentials1

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Administrative Assistant2
  • Administrative Coordinator2
  • Medical Administrative Assistant2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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