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OCC Medical Office Assistant Ranks Among Top Online Programs

Medical Office PhotoOlney Central College’s Medical Office Assistant Program has been recognized as one of the country’s top online associate’s degrees.

BestColleges.com included OCC’s Medical Office Assistant Program in its List of Best Online Medical Assisting Programs, ranking it No. 2 in the nation.

“It is an honor to be recognized as No. 2 for the BestColleges.com Medical Assisting category, which also includes Medical Office Assisting programs,” said Instructor Amie Mayhall, who teaches courses along with Shasta Bennett. “We work hard to provide a quality education for students in a format that works for them. Many of our classes are available online which allows added flexibility for the student.”

OCC’s Medical Office Assistant Degree is designed to prepare medical office assistants, medical transcriptionists, medical receptionists, and other related personnel to meet the needs of area and national medical offices. The program is offered both online and in a traditional classroom format. Graduates are employed in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, insurance companies, health foundations, local industries, and Illinois state and U.S. governmental agencies.

According to BestColleges.com, “Schools featured in the rankings demonstrate a commitment to high-quality education for their students.”

To be considered for inclusion, the schools must be accredited public or private not-for-profit institutions and must submit an annual report to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Selections are based on statistical data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator. Other ranking factors are academic quality, including retention rate, graduation and transfer rates and number of graduates; affordability; and online programming, which examines the number of online programs offered and percentage of enrolled students taking online courses.

“It is not surprising we are ranked so high as our program has two of the most dedicated and excited faculty members I have worked with in higher education,” said OCC President Rodney Ranes. “They continually go above and beyond to help students succeed and to provide a quality education to their students.”

BestColleges.com partners with HigherEducation.com to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. BestColleges.com also assists prospective students in finding the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides and hundreds of unique college rankings.

Medical Office Assistant is just one of several programs OCC offers that prepare students to work in a variety of office settings from schools and manufacturers to hospitals, doctors' offices and even veterinary clinics. Programs include Medical Coding, Office Administration, Human Resource Assistant and Medical Transcription, which are all accepting new students for fall.

To learn more about the Office Career Programs at OCC, contact Mayhall at 618-395-7777, ext. 2229, or by email at mayhalla@iecc.edu.

For more information about BestColleges.com’s rankings, visit www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-associate-medical-assisting-programs.

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