Medical Administrative Assistant
Length: 600 Clock Hours/28 Instructional Weeks Program Quarter Credits: 34
Awarded: Certificate Mode of Delivery: On-Line
REGISTRATION: $500.00 TUITION: $13,300.00
OBJECTIVE Medical Administrative Assistants play an integral part in performing administrative tasks that support the work of physicians and other healthcare professionals. With changes in the healthcare industry, the need for well-trained Medical Administrative Assistants has grown significantly. The objective of the Medical Administrative Assisting program is to provide training for those who wish to work in the administrative areas of healthcare and enable students to gain knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a healthcare setting.
DESCRIPTION The Medical Administrative Assisting program includes administrative competencies expected for entry-level positions in a health care setting. Students develop skills in front office administration with an introduction to health insurance and basic billing practices. Students also learn to observe Universal Precautions, OSHA regulations, HIPAA requirements, confidentiality, and the legal aspects applicable to any allied health environment. Duties of medical assistants vary from office to office depending on office location, size, and specialty. In small practices, medical administrative assistants are usually “generalists,” handling most administrative duties. They report directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of a department administrator/practice manager.
EXTERNSHIP An externship course is included in this program to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a healthcare setting. Students are required to complete the required externship hours and other related learning activities prior to graduation. Students are not paid for work performed at the externship site.
CREDENTIALING EXAMS Students in their final quarter are eligible to take National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CAMA) exam. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Upon satisfactory completion of the training, students are prepared to seek entry-level positions as medical administrative assistants performing the medical front office duties described above.
PLAN OF STUDY COURSE
Introduction to Health Professions
Medical Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Office Procedures
Medical Records and Insurance
Electronic Health Records
Certification Review and Career Development
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