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Gain skills to work as a medical secretary in health care offices in as little as 9 months in our fully online program.

At a Glance

  • Get ready to work in medical offices in as few as 9 months

  • Prepare for a career as the face of a health care provider

  • Offered at 2 campuses and online for your convenience

  • Students earn a certificate from this program

  • Program delivered online through Carrington College’s Sacramento and Stockton campus

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students in Carrington College’s Medical Administrative Assistant program prepare to work in medical offices. There they will act as the face of the practice, often working with patients, scheduling appointments and manning the phones.

In Carrington’s online program, you can get the classroom education you need to be able to: 

  • Maintain, update and manage patient records in a secure manner
  • Use and maintain automated systems critical to medical office functions
  • Evaluate and launch new technological innovations
  • Regularly interact with patients, families, physicians and other health care professionals

About Online Learning

At Carrington, we believe learning should be at the pace of the student. That’s why we offer online degree-completion programs to allow students to learn anytime, anywhere while continuing to work their current job. 

Earning a certificate of completion in Medical Administrative Assistant via this online program requires 36 semester credit hours.

All it takes to get started is unrestricted access to a computer with reliable Internet access and an email account.

What do I need to Succeed in Online Learning?

You Need Focus

From phones buzzing and beeping to people all around you, there are plenty of distractions. You’ll need a quiet place where you can focus and concentrate.

You Need To Write

Online learning means you’ll be submitting your assignments with written responses. So it’s pretty important that you’re comfortable writing.

You Need Self-Discipline

You have more freedom to study around your schedule. You’ll need to stay motivated, learn the material, and meet all your deadlines.

Career Opportunities

Medical secretaries act as the face of medical practices. They provide vital support tasks such as scheduling appointments, greeting patients, and processing medical records. As a medical secretary, you’ll need specialized knowledge of medical procedures and technologies. As an important part of the medical office, medical administrative assistants are in high demand. According to ONet Online, the projected employment growth for medical secretaries is 11% between 2018 and 2028. This is much faster than the average job growth for all occupations1.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average mean salary for a medical secretary in May 2018 was $17.83 an hour or $37,090 annually. In California, the hourly mean wage was $20.62, or $42,900 annually2.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

Read Our Career Guide On Medical Administrative Assisting

At the core of a doctor’s office or medical clinic is a medical administrative assistant. This person answers the phone, schedules appointments, checks in patients, files paperwork and maintains patient databases.

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  1.  Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.