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. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
    Master's
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: 42-hour
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: 42-hour
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
      • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
      • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • MS in Health Care Administration
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • B.S. in Health Sciences
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - General
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Leadership & Organizational Development
      • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Bachelor's
      • BS Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • AA in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Health Care Management
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Management/Health Care Mgmt
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
    Certificate
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Campus and Online Programs
    8. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
      • Master of Health Services Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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
  • Campus Locations:
    10. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding
    Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding

Featured Schools

Liberty University

  • DBA: Healthcare Management
  • MS: Healthcare Administration: 42-hour

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Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Healthcare Admin and Management
  • BS - Healthcare Admin and Management

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Grand Canyon University

  • MS in Health Care Administration
  • BS in Health Care Administration
  • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care

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Walden University

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - General
  • BS Healthcare Management

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Florida Tech

  • AA in Healthcare Management

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Purdue University Global

  • MBA: Health Care Management
  • Master of Healthcare Admin
  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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The Chicago School

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

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