Have a knack for business and an interest in healthcare?
A career in medical office administration may be the perfect career for you.
The booming field of healthcare is no longer just for doctors and nurses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it was the only major industry that has continued to add all types of jobs during the recent economic downturn.
Employment is projected to grow the fastest in doctors’ offices and in-home healthcare agencies. In addition, demand in medical group practice management will grow as these organizations become larger and more complex. Opportunities will be best for those who have a background in business theory and practices as well as an understanding of medical terminology and protocols.
If you like people and are detail oriented this could be a great career field
Successful medical office administrators take great pride in their work. They understand that their efforts are important to the well-being of their patients as well as the success of the organization for which they work.
A career as a medical office administrator could be right for you, if you:
- Enjoy helping others
- Like working in an office setting
- Are compassionate and supportive
- Enjoy working with paperwork and on a computer
- Work equally well alone or as part of a group
- Like clear guidelines
- Appreciate a common sense approach to problems
- Trust facts
- Have good people and communication skill
What are the career opportunities in this field?
Medical Office Administration Career Paths
There are many opportunities available for those interested in pursuing a Medical Office Administration career. Since any healthcare provider requires clerical support, healthcare administration careers exist at any doctor office, hospital, clinic, long-term care facility, and any other healthcare office. Examples of career paths for Herzing University graduates include:
- Admitting Clerk
- Medical Records Clerk
- Medical Office Assistant
- Medical Secretary
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Clerk
Graduates of the Herzing University Medical Office Administration programs will also have knowledge of medical billing and reimbursement (including Medicare and Medicaid) and will be able to perform those duties as well.
Medical Office Administration careers are most often found in an office environment within a healthcare facility. A typical work week for full-time employees is 40 hours, Monday–Friday with the possibility of paid overtime, depending on the employer. Careers in the Healthcare Administration field often include a comprehensive benefit package with health insurance, paid vacation, and a retirement savings plan such as profit-sharing or 401(k). Some employers also have part-time opportunities available.
What is the program title, length, and content?
Herzing University offers a coordinated approach to Medical Office Administration that features three levels of education. Each program lays the foundation for the next. Diploma graduates can seamlessly enter the associate degree program. Associate degree graduates can easily move on into the bachelor’s degree program. This allows our students to work in career-level jobs throughout most of their post-secondary studies.
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM COMPARISON CHART
|Diploma in Medical Office Administration||31||12|
|Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Administration||60||20|
|Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management||121||36|
|Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management - Dental Hygiene Emphasis||126||12|
DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
Students in this program gain the basics needed for career employment. They achieve the required computer skill level as well as learn medical terminology and medical billing procedures. Graduates are fully prepared to work as an entry-level healthcare administrator in a private practice or public facility setting. Download Program Course Sheet
ASSOCIATE AND ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
The program expands what is learned in the diploma level with the general education courses required for an associate degree. It offers more career flexibility and provides the foundation needed for those who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at any point in their careers.
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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
This program gives graduates the business and management skills that are required for a leadership position in the healthcare field. Students enrolling in this program must have a completed associate-level degree in a healthcare field.
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Download Program Course Sheet - Dental Hygiene Emphasis