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. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • AA in Healthcare Management
      • AA in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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
    4. Liberty University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    6. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Trident University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • CMCB - Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
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    9. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Health Administration
    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration
      • MPA - Health Care Administration

Featured Schools

American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

What is your highest level of education?

Florida Tech

  • AA in Healthcare Management

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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

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Liberty University

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

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Colorado Christian University

  • Health Care Administration, A.S.

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New England College

  • BS in Healthcare Administration

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Trident University

  • CMCB - Certificate in Medical Coding and Billing

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Purdue University Global

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

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