Medical Receptionist: Career Diploma Description

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As a medical receptionist, you can find work in a variety of healthcare facilities: clinics, hospitals, offices of physicians, and nursing homes to name a few. Typical course titles include Medical Office Procedures, Introduction to Office Computer Applications, Records Management, Medical Terminology, Health Insurance and Billing, Keyboarding, and Medical Reception among others. Please read on to find out more.
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Why Earn Your Medical Receptionist Diploma?

Are you good at dealing with people? Are you good at typing or willing to learn? Do you have a desire to start this new career quickly? A positive answer to the above questions indicates that you might enjoy a career as a medical receptionist. As an integral part of a medical office team, medical receptionists provide the first (and usually last) line of communication between the patient and the facility. Usually, certificates of completion can be obtained in a year or less depending upon your course load. Also, many programs offer evening and online classes if you are currently employed.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook

Medical receptionists are employed in healthcare facilities that include clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, government medical facilities, offices of physicians, and home-care facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, the occupation of receptionists and information clerks is projected to grow faster than the average occupation through the year 2014.

Salary Information

According to Salary.com, the average medical receptionist earns $25,849 annually as of August 2007 reportings.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements

Many certificate programs try to provide a well-rounded liberal arts education; still, the main focus is in delivering you a set of crucial and specific skills you can use at a job immediately upon graduation. The following list of courses represents typical courses you might encounter in a medical receptionist certificate program:

  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Introduction to Office Computer Applications
  • Records Management
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Insurance and Billing
  • Keyboarding
  • Medical Reception
  • Machine Transcription
  • Data Entry
  • Interpersonal and Organizational Psychology
  • Medical Setting Customer Service
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Business Communications
  • Human Relations

Skills You Will Learn

Upon completion of the medical receptionist certificate program, you will know everything you need to perform your job as medical receptionist in a variety of healthcare environments. Some of the skills you will learn are as follows:

  • Know professional and ethical work habits as they apply to healthcare environments
  • Understand medical terminology and correctly apply it in your job setting
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Windows environment and specific computer applications
  • Fast and efficient at typing information into the computer system

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Online Programs Available
    2. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Clinical Operations & Healthcare Management
      • MSHS in Biomedical Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Dual Degree: BSHS in Clinical Research Administration/MSHS in Regulatory Affairs
      • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Information Management
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Health Information Management
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • BS in Health Information Management
      • Bachelor: Health Science
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    5. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma Program - Medical Office Specialist
      • Diploma Program - Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
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    6. Brightwood College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Office Specialist
      • Medical Practice Management
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist - Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    7. University of Delaware

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Public Administration - Healthcare Policy and Ethics
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS: Health Care Management

Featured Schools

George Mason University

  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management

What is your highest level of education?

The George Washington University

  • MSHS Clinical Operations & Healthcare Management
  • MSHS in Biomedical Informatics
  • Dual Degree: BSHS in Clinical Research Administration/MSHS in Regulatory Affairs
  • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

What is your highest level of education?

American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

What is your highest level of education?

Kaplan University

  • Master of Health Information Management
  • Health Information Management
  • Medical Office Administration Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

Virginia College

  • Diploma Program - Medical Office Specialist
  • Diploma Program - Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

What is your highest level of education completed?

Brightwood College

  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Medical Practice Management
  • Medical Office Administration

What is your highest level of education?

University of Delaware

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration

What is your highest level of education completed?

Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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