Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant
Those who find it rewarding to help others are often drawn to this career choice. Work in a medical setting is demanding. Duties vary from scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records to billing and coding for insurance. Employment opportunities for well-trained personnel are growing nationally in hospitals, insurance companies, outpatient medical offices, and clinics.
Students working in this career have the opportunity to work in a medical front office setting but will not be exposed to clinical tasks such as checking vital signs, drawing blood, and giving injections.
Those who are responsive to the needs of others thrive in the medical environment.
How does the Medical Administrative Assistant career differ from the Medical Assistant career?
- One of the main responsibilities of a medical administrative assistant is to make sure that the office runs smoothly. Administrative Assistants must be well organized in order to maximize the efficiency of their employer's time. These secretarial positions require excellent computer skills in word processing, database management, and spreadsheets.
- The medical administrative assistant does not perform any clinical task such as drawing blood, giving injections, checking vital signs and assisting with examinations.
Career OpportunitiesThis specialty should experience faster than average employment growth as the United States population ages. Opportunities for employment are found in hospitals, insurance companies, outpatient medical offices, and health maintenance organizations.
Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be able to
- Confirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and Christ-like manner.
- Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles.
- Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools.
- Comprehend and think critically to solve problems.
- Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and life-long learning opportunities.
- Complete computerized based tasks efficiently using advanced keyboarding and 10-key skills.
- Utilize office equipment and software such as spreadsheets, word processing and electronic presentations, database and Desktop Publishing.
- Use practice management software and correct medical terminology to enter intake details, insurance data, and other needed information.
- Schedule appointments, process payments, compile medical charts, route information, and maintain medical records.
- Edit and finalize records using correct medical terminology and coding.
- Complete accounting and human resource management functions using specialized software.
- Articulate career preparation confidently using resumes, portfolios (if applicable) and interviews.