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. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Information Management
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • BS in Health Information Management
      • Bachelor: Health Science
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Campus Locations:
    2. American National University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Office Professional - Diploma
      • Medical Billing and Coding - Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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
    4. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
      • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
  • Campus Locations:
    5. College of Health Care Professions

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Coding and Billing-Certificate
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. Southern Careers Institute

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Queens University of Charlotte

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Health Administration
  • Campus Locations:
    8. CDI College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma in Medical Office Administration
      • Diploma in Medical Office Administrator
      • Diploma in Medical Office Assistant
      • Diploma in Medical Office Assistant - LCE.3V (Spcialiste en Technologies de L'Information Appliques la Bureautique - LCE.3V Concentration: Assistant Administratif en Milieu Mdical)
      • Diploma in Assistance in Health Care Facilities - Assistance la Personne en tablissement de Sant
      • Diploma in Health Care Assistant
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Valdosta, GA

    Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Featured Schools

Kaplan University

  • Master of Health Information Management
  • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
  • Medical Office Administration Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

American National University

  • Medical Office Professional - Diploma
  • Medical Billing and Coding - Diploma

What is your education level?

Regent University

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
  • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
  • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management

What is your highest level of education?

College of Health Care Professions

  • Medical Coding and Billing-Certificate

What is your highest level of education completed?

Southern Careers Institute

  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

What is your highest level of education completed?

Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Health Administration

What is your highest level of education completed?

CDI College

  • Diploma in Medical Office Administration
  • Diploma in Medical Office Administrator
  • Diploma in Medical Office Assistant

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