According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/, healthcare support occupations are projected to increase 34 percent from 2010 to 2020. Factors contributing to the increasing demand for skilled medical administrators include the implementation of electronic medical record technology, electronic prescribing software, changes in medical coding and billing practices, an aging population, and expanding medical practices and healthcare organizations.
The Medical Office Administration degree offers students the courses, training and knowledge to work in the following health-related occupations:
~ Medical Administrative Assistant
~ Certified Coding and Billing Specialist
~ Pre-certification/Referral Specialist
~ Medical Records Technician
~ Medical Office Manager
Medical administrators plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, or specialize in a specific clinical area or department, or be employed in a small group physician practice. Medical administrators must be able to adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations and technology. Additional skills needed to meet the demands of today’s medical environment include computer technology, multicultural competence, teamwork, customer service, effective communication and presentation skills, interpersonal skills, knowledge of patient confidentiality laws, and medical coding and insurance expertise.
-- Following the first 36 hours of study, students are awarded the Medical Coding Certificate, which provides the training to become an effective Medical Billing and Coding Professional. The program prepares students for national medical coding certification exams, and provides focused instruction in health information management, health records management and advanced medical coding and billing.
-- Second year courses lead to the Medical Office Assistant Certificate, which prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, surgical facilities, insurance companies, urgent care centers, and doctors’ offices. Additionally, students complete a semester-long internship, which provides valuable administrative training.
These certificates follow a course sequence that eventually leads to the two-year Medical Administration Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
For more information contact:
Program Director -- Medical Administration