Medical Administrative Assistant Career Specialty

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Before patients can receive care from doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and other health care professionals, they must check into the medical office they are visiting. This requires the help of a medical administrative assistant. Medical administrative assistants play a major role in many clinics, hospitals, and other health care institutions. You may process insurance information, schedule appointments, inform patients if the doctor is running behind, reschedule appointments as needed, and take phone calls. During slow times, you may also file paperwork for doctors and nurses.

If you want to be part of the health care field but don't necessarily want to spend all of your time performing medical procedures, this may be a great career choice for you. You get to spend lots of time interacting with patients, ensuring that they have a good first impression of your institution, and helping the institution run smoothly every day. To learn more about how you can become an Administrative Medical Assistant, look through the schools on our site and request information from those who offer this program.

Medical Office Assistant Training

It's clear that office medical assistants have a wide range of duties that they are responsible for. That's why it's so important to get the appropriate education. Many schools offer an Associate's degree program in this field. In two years, you can get a good general education in addition to completing your specialized medical administrative assistant education.

As someone who comes into contact with patients in a medical setting, you will need some basic medical training and background knowledge. To that end, you may take courses like Medical Terminology, EKG Interpretation and Techniques, Phlebotomy, and Medical Terminology. These courses prepare you for your front desk duties. However, you can also work in the exam room if that's where you're needed.

Since much of your time may be spent filing, checking computer records, and processing insurance information, you may take many classes on computer usage and computer systems. Common courses in this area include Keyboarding for Medical Assistants, Document Production, Medical Transcription, and Spreadsheet Applications.

Customer service is a crucial aspect of this job. As a medical administrative assistant, you may be the first clinic or hospital employee that patients come into contact with. Part of your curriculum may deal with communication skills and customer service skills. You may take classes like Business Communications, Medical Office Procedures and Management, and Customer Service in Healthcare Settings.

Licensing and Career Information

Your licensing requirements depend on what type of job you want and what state you live in. Some office medical assistants only plan on working in an administrative position. Others want to be able to work at the front desk and in the exam room. If you want to work in a strictly administrative setting, you likely do not have to pursue any type of licensure or certification. However, you may choose to pursue optional certification through the National Health Careers Association. You must pass a thorough test that looks at your administrative skills. Your certification is valid for two years; you can renew it by completing 10 hours of continuing education in every two-year period.

If you plan on working in both the office and the exam room, you will need to pursue medical assistant licensure through your state's medical board. This process typically involves passing a written exam, passing a skills exam, and registering with the state medical board. There are often extensive continuing education requirements with this path.

According to BLS, the demand for medical secretaries is significant with over 300,000 medical secretaries currently working in the U.S in healthcare settings . They report that the average salary for a medical secretary is $34,330 per year (BLS, 2017).

Look into office medical assistant schools near you if you're ready to work in a fast-paced environment that can really benefit from your services. We've provided links to contact schools directly, to save you both time and effort as you look for programs.

Medical Administrative Assistant Schools

Featured Online Schools:

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Traditional On Campus Programs:


Arizona College
Campus Locations in: Mesa: Allied Health, AZ


American Career College
Campus Locations in: Long Beach, CA / Lynwood, CA / Ontario, CA
Central Coast College
Campus Locations in: Salinas, CA
Heald College
Campus Locations in: Fresno, CA / Hayward, CA / Honolulu, HI / Milpitas, CA / Modesto, CA / Portland, OR / Rancho Cordova, CA / Roseville, CA / Salinas, CA / San Francisco, CA / San Jose, CA / Stockton, CA
Institute of Technology
Campus Locations in: Fresno, CA / Modesto, CA
Monterey Peninsula College
Campus Locations in: Monterey, CA
North-West College
Campus Locations in: Pasadena, CA
Platt College
Campus Locations in: Los Angeles, CA / Ontario, CA / Riverside, CA
San Joaquin Valley College
Campus Locations in: Bakersfield, CA / Cucamonga, CA / Delano, CA / Fresno, CA / Hanford, CA / Lancaster, CA / Madera, CA / Modesto, CA / Ontario, CA / Porterville, CA / Rancho Cordova, CA / Temecula, CA
San Joaquin Valley College - Online
Campus Locations in: Visalia, CA
U.S. Colleges (USCMED)
Campus Locations in: Montclair, CA / Riverside, CA / San Diego, CA / San Marcos, CA / Santa Ana, CA
UEI College
Campus Locations in: Anaheim, CA / Bakersfield, CA / Chula Vista, CA / Encino, CA / Fresno, CA / Gardena, CA / Huntington Park, CA / Ontario, CA / Riverside, CA / San Marcos, CA / Stockton, CA / West Covina, CA


Branford Hall Career Institute
Campus Locations in: Danbury, CT / Windsor, CT


ASA College
Campus Locations in: Hialeah, FL / Maimi, FL
Everest University
Campus Locations in: Brandon, FL / Lakeland, FL / Melbourne, FL / North Orlando, FL / Orange Park, FL / Pinellas, FL
Keiser University
Campus Locations in: Orlando, FL
MedVance Institute
Campus Locations in: Algood, TN / Baton Rouge, LA / Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Kendall, FL / Lake Worth, FL / Nashville, TN / Stuart, FL
Rasmussen College
Campus Locations in: Aurora, IL / Blaine, MN / Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove, MN / Eagan, MN / Fargo, ND / Green Bay, WI / Lake Elmo, MN / Mankato, MN / Mokena/Tinley Park, IL / Moorhead, MN / New Port Richey/West Pasco, FL / Ocala, FL / Rockford, IL / St. Cloud, MN / Topeka, KS / Wausau, WI


Gwinnett College
Campus Locations in: Atlanta, GA / Marietta, GA


Baker College Online
Campus Locations in: Warrenville, IL


Harrison College
Campus Locations in: Anderson, IN / Columbus, IN / Columbus, OH / Evansville, IN / Fort Wayne, IN / Indianapolis (Downtown), IN / Indianapolis (East), IN / Lafayette, IN / Terre Haute, IN


Central Christian College of Kansas
Campus Locations in: McPherson, KS
National American University
Campus Locations in: Albuquerque, NM / Bloomington, MN / Brooklyn Center, MN / Burnsville, MN / Colorado Springs, CO / Denver, CO / Minnetonka, MN / Roseville, MN / Wichita West Ed Center, KS / Wichita, KS


Daymar College
Campus Locations in: Albany, KY / Bellevue, KY / Bowling Green, KY / Chillicothe, OH / Columbus, OH / Louisville Westport, KY / Louisville, KY / Madisonville, KY / New Boston, OH / Owensboro, KY / Paducah, KY / Russellville, KY
Daymar College Online
Campus Locations in: Louisville, KY
Spencerian College
Campus Locations in: Louisville, KY


Salter College
Campus Locations in: Chicopee, MA


Blue Cliff College
Campus Locations in: Gulfport, MS / Houma, LA


Kaplan University
Campus Locations in: Learning Center - Indianapolis, IN / Learning Center - Milwaukee, WI / Learning Center - Rockville, MD / Learning Center - St. Louis, MO
Metro Business College
Campus Locations in: Arnold, MO / Brazito, MO / Cape Girardeau, MO / Rolla, MO


Academy of Healing Arts
Campus Locations in: Las Vegas, NV
Brightwood College
Campus Locations in: Beltsville, MD / Las Vegas, NV

New Jersey

Eastwick College
Campus Locations in: Nutley, NJ
Harris School of Business
Campus Locations in: Hamilton, NJ

New York

Hunter Business School
Campus Locations in: Levittown, NY / Medford, NY

North Carolina

Medical Careers Institute
Campus Locations in: Charlotte, NC
South College
Campus Locations in: Asheville, NC / Knoxville, TN / Nashville, TN


Antonelli College
Campus Locations in: Cincinnati, OH
Beckfield College
Campus Locations in: Tri-County Cincinnati, OH
Gallipolis Career College
Campus Locations in: Gallipolis, OH
Ohio Business College
Campus Locations in: Sandusky, OH


Kaplan Career Institute
Campus Locations in: Pittsburgh, PA
Lincoln Technical Institute
Campus Locations in: Allentown, PA / Somerville, MA
Pennsylvania Institute of Health & Technology
Campus Locations in: Mt Braddock, PA
YTI Career Institute
Campus Locations in: Altoona, PA


Daymar Institute
Campus Locations in: Murfreesboro, TN
Vatterott College
Campus Locations in: Appling Farms, TN / Berkeley, MO / Des Moines, IA / Fairview Heights, IL / Joplin, MO / Saint Joseph, MO / Springfield, MO / St. Louis (St. Charles), MO / Sunset Hills, MO / Tulsa, OK / Wichita, KS


Concorde Career College
Campus Locations in: Arlington, TX / Aurora, CO / Dallas, TX / Garden Grove, CA / Jacksonville, FL / Kansas City, MO / Miramar, FL / North Hollywood, CA / Orlando, FL / Portland, OR / San Antonio, TX / San Bernardino, CA / San Diego, CA / Tampa, FL
Everest Institute
Campus Locations in: Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX / Bissonet, TX / Brighton, MA / Chelsea, MA / Cross Lanes, WV / Dearborn, MI / Decatur, GA / Detroit, MI / Eagan, MN / Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Grand Rapids, MI / Greenspoint, TX / Hialeah, FL / Hobby, TX / Jonesboro, GA / Kalamazoo, MI / Lathrup Village, MI / Marietta, GA / Norcross, GA / North Miami, FL / San Antonio, TX / South Plainfield, NJ / Southfield, MI
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute
Campus Locations in: Brownsville, TX / McAllen, TX


Everest College
Campus Locations in: Alhambra, CA / Atlanta, GA / Bedford Park, IL / Bremerton, WA / Burr Ridge, IL / Chesapeake, VA / City Of Industry, CA / Colorado Springs, CO / Dallas, TX / Everett, WA / Ft. Worth South, TX / Gardena, CA / Hayward, CA / Henderson, NV / Kansas City, MO / Melrose Park, IL / Merrionette Park, IL / Newport News, VA / Ontario, CA / Portland, OR / Renton, WA / Reseda, CA / Santa Ana, CA / Skokie, IL / Springfield, MO / Tacoma, WA / Thornton, CO / Vancouver, WA / West Los Angeles, CA / Woodbridge, VA
Rasmussen College Online
Campus Locations in: Renton, WA / Seattle, WA


Bryant & Stratton College
Campus Locations in: Albany, NY / Amherst, NY / Bayshore, WI / Buffalo, NY / Cleveland, OH / Eastlake, OH / Greece, NY / Hampton, VA / Henrietta, NY / Milwaukee, WI / Orchard Park, NY / Richmond, VA / Rochester, NY / Syracuse North, NY / Syracuse, NY / Virginia Beach, VA / Wauwatosa, WI

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