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

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    1. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. American University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    5. University of Delaware

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • Master of Public Administration - Health Care Management
      • MS in Health Care Informatics
      • MS in Nursing: Health Care Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Health Services Admin
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Health Services Admin
      • Associate of Science - Medical Administrative Billing and Coding
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Northcentral University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Health Administration
      • MS in Health Administration - Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    10. University of Saint Mary

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Health Care Management Concentration
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Featured Schools

George Mason University

  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

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Kaplan University

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

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American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • Bachelor: Health Information Management
  • Associate: Health Information Management
  • Diploma: Medical Office Admin

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University of Delaware

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Concentration

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Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
  • MBA: Health Systems Management
  • BS in Health Care Administration

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Keiser University

  • B.A. - Health Services Admin
  • Associate of Arts - Health Services Admin
  • Associate of Science - Medical Administrative Billing and Coding

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Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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