Individuals who want to work in medical administration can develop the necessary skills through a certificate program. Most programs require about 16-18 credit hours of study, which can be completed in about two semesters of full-time study or four of part-time work. The curriculum covers basic computer technology, keyboarding, spreadsheet skills, filing procedures, and medical billing and coding. There are no national certifications available for entry-level workers, but those who advance to management positions may be able to obtain professional certification. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, a basic understanding of computers and a firm grasp of the English language.
Certificate in Medical Administration
In addition to basics, certificate programs in medical office administration also cover medical terminology, medical legal procedures and healthcare organizational operations. Specific courses include:
- Computer technology
- Medical billing and coding
- Medical office transcription
- Medical documents
- Basic medical procedures
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
There were 601,700 medical secretaries employed in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Also at that time, the annual median wage for these professionals was $35,760, and job growth is expected to be higher than average, at 16%.
Continuing Education and Certification
Professionals in the field who work their way up to management positions or complete baccalaureate programs in healthcare management are eligible to gain certification at that level. One organization offering certification for medical and healthcare managers is the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management.
Medical office administration certificate program graduates can gain positions as medical office assistants. They possess knowledge of transcription, current technologies, medical vocabulary, legal matters and healthcare organizations.