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The Medical Assisting: Administrative Career Certificate prepares students for work in physicians' offices, medical clinics, hospital outpatient clinics, health agencies, and educational institutions. Track 2 provides training in the administrative (front office) skills.
The duties of a medical assistant vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the physician's specialty. In small practices, medical assistants are usually generalists, handling both clerical and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager or physician. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators.
Administrative Medical Assistants' duties include greeting patients, answering telephones, scheduling appointments, maintaining and filing client medical records, completing insurance forms, arranging hospital admissions and laboratory services, handling billing, bookkeeping, and physician correspondence. They also help maintain a neat, clean waiting room and front office. They may advance to office management positions.
The employment outlook is very good. Job titles include administrative medical assistant, administrative assistant, medical receptionist, medical records clerk, medical secretary, hospital unit secretary, insurance claims processor, and medical research assistant.
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The requirements for the Medical Assisting: Administrative-Track 2 Certificate program are:
Complete 31 units from
- Medical Assisting: Administrative Requirements
|Medical Assisting: Administrative Requirements - complete 31.00 units|
|BOT 153||Typing-Skill Building||1.50|
|CIS 101A||Personal Computers for New Users||1.00|
|HLC 60||Medical Terminology||1.00-3.00|
|MSR 66||Medical Secretary/Receptionist Externship||1.00-3.50|
|MSR 61||Law and Ethics in the Medical Office||1.00|
|MSR 62B||Mastering Medical Language II||4.00|
|PSYCH 1A||General Psychology||3.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:|
|ANAT 51||Anatomy & Physiology||1.00-5.00|
|ANAT 58||Introduction to Human Anatomy||3.00|
The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.