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Medical Administrative Assistant

Career data updated last on 9/10/2014
Medical Administrative Assistant Medical administrative assistants perform a variety of tasks to keep a medical office running smoothly. They are familiar with medical practice and terminology and can transcribe medical notes, prepare written reports, handle correspondence, file records, answer the telephone and bill patients. A medical administrative assistant serves a key role in medical office, clinic and hospital settings. This multi-skilled practitioner is competent in medical records management, insurance processing, coding and billing, management of practice finances, information processing, and fundamental office management tasks. A medical administrative assistant is very familiar with clinical and technical concepts required to coordinate administrative office functions in the healthcare setting.
Salary $16.52/hour- $34,370annually
Significant Points The job outlook for medical administrative specialists is excellent. The field is expected to grow much faster than average, which means an increase in 36% or more between 2000 and 2010.
Specializations
Work Environment Medical secretaries work alone or with others and are employed by doctors, hospitals, clinics, local and state health departments, group medical practices, medical research departments or by health care specialists. Most work a 40-hour work week depending on where employed, and may work nights and weekends.
High School Prep A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended. Courses in English, science and typing are helpful.
Academic Requirements Many colleges, career schools and technical schools offer medical administrative assistant, medical office assistant, or medical office technology programs. Graduates from these programs will receive either a certificate or diploma depending on the programs. Training covers medical terminology, medical office procedures, preparation of medical charts and histories and billing procedures. Graduation from a school that is accredited makes it easier to apply for certification. Each individual state decides the scope of practice for medical administrative assistants. Most states do not have licensure laws, but many do have a scope of practice for medical administrative specialists or medical assistants. Certification by a recognized organization enables MAAs to be promoted faster, earn a higher pay and great respect. Employers prefer to hire experienced workers and many prefer certified applicants who have passed a national examination, indicating that the medical administrative assistant meets certain standards of competence.

Schools/Organizations

Aims Community College-Greeley Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
Anthem College
Associate Degree Associate
Arapahoe Community College
Certificate Degree Certificate    On-line program available On-line program available
Colorado Christian University
Certificate Degree Certificate
Colorado Technical Univeristy-Online
Associate Degree Associate    On-line program available On-line program available
Colorado Technical University-Denver North Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Colorado Technical University-Denver South Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Community College of Denver-Lowry Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Emily Griffith Opportunity School
Certificate Degree Certificate
Everest College-Aurora Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Everest College-Colorado Springs Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Everest College-Thorton Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Front Range Community College Boulder Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
Herzing University
Associate Degree Associate    On-line program available On-line program available
Certificate Degree Certificate    On-line program available On-line program available
Institute of Business & Medical Careers
Certificate Degree Certificate
IntelliTec College-Grand Junction
Associate Degree Associate
IntelliTec College-Pueblo
Associate Degree Associate
Kaplan University-Online
Associate Degree Associate    On-line program available On-line program available
National American University-Colorado Springs Camp
Associate Degree Associate
National American University-Denver Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Otero Junior College
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pikes Peak Community College
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pueblo Community College-Fremont Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
Pueblo Community College-Pueblo Campus
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
Red Rocks Community College
Associate Degree Associate
Certificate Degree Certificate
Southwest Colorado Community College East Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
TechSkills-Denver Campus
Certificate Degree Certificate
Western Colorado Community College
Certificate Degree Certificate

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