2023-2024 College Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Office Professional, AAS

Medical office professionals perform office managerial tasks. They work with electronic health records software to schedule appointments, submit claims to insurance, and bill patients. They also utilize customer service, communication, and computer skills to work with customers and potentially oversee other staff. Carl Sandburg College offers an associate’s degree program designed to build on 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 Professional AAS Program Goals

This degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a position in a medical office. In addition to general office skills, a graduate will acquire expertise in medical coding, insurance and billing, transcription and electronic health records. Upon completion of this certificate the program completer will be able to:

  • Be prepared for career opportunities within a medical office,
  • Understand medical coding principles using the most current versions of ICD and CPT,
  • Understand how to arrive at the correct coding assignments for both diagnosis and in-patient procedures,
  • Understand medical terms from roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes,
  • Be prepared to appropriately code procedures to medical records as well as assign any modifiers using the CPT book and concepts,
  • Utilize skills in using software to record health records in a medical office, and
  • Transcribe medical documents using transcription equipment and computers.

Working Conditions

Most medical office assistants work in comfortable office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.


Graduates are qualified for office positions in a clinic or hospital, for positions as assistants in a medical office or medical billing/insurance assistants.

Admission to the Program: Open

First-Time Enrollees

  1. Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam.
  4. Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

Department of Career & Technical Education

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details .