OCC Receives Recertification from National Center for Competency Testing

Medical Office Student Working With Instructor
Dec 15, 2020

Olney Central College’s eligibility to allow students to complete testing for certification as medical office assistants and coding and insurance specialists has been renewed through 2025 by the National Center for Competency Testing.

The NCCT is an independent credentialing organization that has tested healthcare professionals across the nation since 1989. OCC has been recognized as an authorized NCCT school for more than a decade.

The designation enables OCC’s Medical Office Assistant students to take the National Certified Medical Office Assistant and National Certified Insurance and Coding Specialist tests.

“The certifications verify our students have the skills needed for the field,” said Associate Professor Amie Mayhall. “The certifications give employers confidence in hiring them. It ensures employers these students have the skills they need. Having the certifications also differentiates and distinguishes these students from other candidates in the interview process.”

The three-hour exams, which students can take at OCC, focus on critical job competencies. The NCMOA test covers computer applications, medical records and office management while the NCICS test addresses topics such as medical insurance, medical billing, collections and claims.

The recertification process included a review of program syllabi and curriculum to ensure NCCT standards are being met in the classroom.

OCC offers several career technology programs including Medical Office Assistant, Medical Coding Associate, Health Information Technology, Office Administration, Human Resource Assistant and Microsoft Office Specialist. Spring classes begin January 11.

For more information about beginning a degree or certificate in 2021, contact Mayhall at 618-395-7777, ext. 2229, or email