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How to Use Your Administrative Skills in a Medical Office

28 March 2017 By Vanessa

You’ve probably heard how the medical industry has many worthwhile and profitable careers, but you might be surprised to learn a number of them don’t require any kind of diagnostic expertise and patient interaction may even be minimal. The medical industry employs qualified individuals from different educational backgrounds with skill sets beyond typical healthcare practice.

The Medical Office Administration Career

A medical office administration career may be in the form of any of the following:

  • Medical Administrative Assistant – Scheduling appointments. Verifying insurance. Keeping patient information up to date. Discussing treatment plans or concerns with patients.
  • Medical Receptionist – Checking patients in/out. Collecting insurance information. Patient registration and scheduling. Answering phone calls. Data entry.
  • Medical Office Assistant – Clerical skills. Collections services. Medical insurance billing.

Each of these positions offer a slightly distinct type of clerical and inter-office communication support. The facility you work in might be a private practice, dental office, or large hospital.

Is the Medical Office Administrator Role Right for You?

To determine if you’d be a good fit for this role, ask yourself if you would enjoy being a part of a larger picture that serves the public health’s needs. As a medical office administrator, you’d be an integral part of a team, requiring you to have good communication skills and a helpful outlook. A medical office administrator will also ideally be well-organized, detail-oriented, and proactive about the security of patient information.

Earning the Medical Office Administrator Degree at PPC

To earn an Associate of Occupational Science in Medical Office Administration, you can attend Pioneer Pacific College in one of several Oregon locations. The program is designed to help graduates prepare for entry-level positions in administrative roles within a medical office. Throughout the course of the program, you will learn:

  • General Office Skills
  • Computer Operation Skills
  • How to Prepare Medical Forms
  • How to Receive Patients

Coursework will also familiarize you with the basic mechanics and functioning of the human body so that you have insight to the larger picture and a better understanding about patient needs.

To graduate with the degree, you must also complete an externship that gives you real world experience within the field and helps you gain a competitive edge for prospective jobs. If you’d like to learn more about this degree, how to enroll, or ask about financial aid options, call PPC at 866-772-4636.

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