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Medical Office Professions

Sandburg offers both a Medical Office Professional degree and a Medical Office Assistant certificateThe program prepares you to work in a medical office in four semesters. By completing the first two semesters of this degree, you earn the medical office assistant certificate. Courses in medical coding, insurance and billing, anatomy and physiology, biomedical ethics and diversity are completed during the remaining two semesters.

Medical office assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments and support other staff. Carl Sandburg College certificate program prepares you with the skills needed for medical office work, including electronic health records, document processing, medical terminology, customer service and communication skills.


Admission requirements

Medical Office Professions is an open-enrollment program, meaning there isn't any criteria you must meet to be admitted. If you're interested in enrolling in this program, complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg open houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. For more information, contact the Title IX coordinator at 309.341.5258 or the ADA/504 coordinator at 309.341.5262.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 23% employment increase of medical assistants from now to 2028. An aging baby-boom population will generate a need for more healthcare services, which will result in a demand for assistants to perform administrative and clinical duties.  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).


Potential careers for medical office assistants

Medical assistants 

Office clerks, general

Receptionists and information clerks 

Medical secretaries 

File clerks

Medical records and health information technicians 

Word processing and typists 

Community health workers 


Potential Careers for medical office professionals

Medical records and health information technicians 

Medical secretaries 

Medical transcriptions


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Sample course schedule for the Medical Office Professionals program

View the sample schedule for Medical Office Professions AAS

View the sample schedule for Medical Office Assistant Certificate


Program format

The Medical Office Professions program offers both online and face-to-face class options; however, the program can not be done entirely online. 

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, you should have access to a reliable computer with broadband (high-speed) internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

View class formats.

Internship requirements

The Medical Office Professional degree requires an internship as a graduation requirement. Internships are an excellent way to gain experience in your chosen career field and stand out as a competitive candidate in the job market after graduation. For more information about the process, please visit our internship page.


View the Medical Office Professions AAS degree cost sheet

View the Medical Office Assistant certificate cost sheet


To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to see if you qualify for financial support. 

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Thanks to our generous donors, the Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award more than $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students — everyone is eligible to apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year.

Meet the instructors

Patricia Collopy
Medical Office Professional Adjunct Instructor 

Susan Sumpter
Medical Office Professional Adjunct Instructor


Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401