Hospital Patient Registration Specialist: Diploma Summary

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The Hospital Patient Registration Specialist Diploma will prepare you to work as a patient registration specialist in any department of a busy hospital or clinic. To earn this diploma, you will study subjects such as hospital bed control, gathering patient demographics, and hospital database administration. Read the following article to find out more.
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Why enroll in a Hospital Patient Registration Specialist diploma program?

Health care is the fastest-growing career field of the 21st century, and hospitals are busier than ever. Each department in a hospital requires top-notch administration personnel, and one of the most important members of the team is the patient registration specialist. You can train for this new career and soon learn what you need to know to work in any of the departments of a busy hospital.

Career possibilities

You will be ready to work as a patient registration specialist in any of the many hospital departments such as Emergency, Outpatient, Radiology, Cardiopulmonary, Ultrasound, Ob/Gyn, Neonatal, Neurosurgery, Respiratory, or Oncology. You should also be able to find employment outside the hospital setting in a clinic or working for an insurance company or a public health agency. A wide variety of career options within the medical field will be yours with your patient registration specialist skills and training.

Occupational outlook

Demand for hospital patient registration specialists should increase by more than 27% through the year 2014 - this is considered to be 'much faster than average' by the 2005 Occupational Outlook (www.BLS.gov).

Salary information

The 2005 Occupational Outlook (www.BLS.gov) reports that a hospital patient registration specialist should earn an average of $26,640 per year. Benefits are also quite good at most hospitals and opportunities for advancement (and additional earnings) await the dedicated worker.

Courses offered

  • Hospital Database Administration
  • Gathering Patient Demographics
  • Admitting, Discharging, and Transferring Patients
  • Hospital Bed Control

Skills you will learn

The skills and experience in patient administration, which you gain both from your studies and from practicum hours spent working in a teaching hospital, will prepare you for immediate employment in any hospital requiring a patient registration specialist. You will learn how to take patient information and enter it into the computer, as well as how to admit patient, transfer patients within the hospital and to other hospitals and discharge well patients. You will look after bed assignments. You will also learn computer software used in the hospital settings.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Bryant & Stratton College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BBA Medical Services Management
      • Health Services Administration - BS
    Associate's
      • AS - Medical Administrative Assistant
      • Medical Administrative Assistant - AAS
      • AS - Medical Reimbursement and Coding
      • Health Services Administration - AAS
      • Medical Reimbursement & Coding, AAS
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Assisting Diploma
      • Health Services Admin Diploma
      • Health Services Assistant - Diploma
      • Medical Billing and Coding Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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 of Science in Healthcare Administration
      • Bachelor: Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • Associate: Medical Office Admin
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Insurance Billing and Coding Specialist
      • ASMC- Associate of Science in Medical Coding
    Certificate
      • PMCHCM- Post Master's Certificate in Healthcare Management
      • Diploma - Insurance Billling and Coding Specialist
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Health Care Management
      • Master of Health Information Management
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Management/Health Care Mgmt
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • BS in Health Information Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Applied Science in Health ScienceNo Concentration
      • Associate of Applied Science in Health SciencePreprofessional
      • Associate of Science in Health Science
      • Associate of Science in Health SciencePreprofessional
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Health Administration: Operational Leadership (Qualitative Research)
      • Doctor of Health Administration: Operational Leadership (Quantitative Leadership)
    Master's
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Administration
      • Master of Science in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety
      • M.S. in Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences: General
      • Doctor of Health Sciences: General
    Master's
      • MA: Medical Sciences: Business Management
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Accounting
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Finance
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: General
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Leadership
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Marketing
    Associate's
      • AAS: Medical Office Assistant
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS: Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Missoula, MT

    The University of Montana

  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
      • Master of Health Services Administration

Featured Schools

Bryant & Stratton College

  • BBA Medical Services Management
  • AS - Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Assisting Diploma

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Associate: Medical Office Admin
  • PMCHCM- Post Master's Certificate in Healthcare Management

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Purdue University Global

  • MBA: Health Care Management
  • Master of Healthcare Admin
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health ScienceNo Concentration
  • Medical Office Administration Certificate

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Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Health Administration: Operational Leadership (Qualitative Research)
  • MBA: Health Systems Management
  • BS in Health Care Administration

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Liberty University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences: General
  • MA: Medical Sciences: Business Management
  • AAS: Medical Office Assistant

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Saint Leo University

  • BS: Health Care Administration

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Colorado Christian University

  • Health Care Administration, A.S.

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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