Online Certificate in Medical Office Assistant Specialist
Here is a program designed to help students take the first step toward a new career as one of several types of medical assistants. Also known as a medical administrative assistant or medical assistant, a medical office assistant performs a wide range of duties that are imperative to the smooth operation of a variety of medical offices. Medical assistant duties can include updating patient files, filling out insurance forms, coordinating laboratory services, answering phones, ordering and maintaining medical supplies and equipment, and more. You might also receive on-the-job medical office technology training. As the healthcare industry continues to expand, so does the need for medical assistants. Many doctor's offices have become such complex operations that they increasingly rely upon the work of a medical administrative assistant who performs a number of critical tasks.
As part and parcel of entering the allied health field, students training to become medical office assistants must master the language used in a medical environment. Indeed, common medical terminology is a critical part of the language used by health care practitioners. It is essentially a vocabulary that requires a uniform pronunciation, definition, and spelling of terms used by professionals across a wide swath of medical offices and organizations. Individuals with medical terminology training are capable of analyzing and interpreting medical reports related to specific body systems. That is why we stress the importance of medical terminology in the curriculum.
The Medical Office Assistant Specialist Program is appropriate for adults looking to learn new job skills, refresh or refine existing healthcare knowledge, or improve occupational performance by possessing a better understanding of medical terms. Upon successful completion of our Medical Office Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in a medical office setting and will be prepared to sit for the NHA national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA).
Why Online Learning?
- Learning occurs in a user-friendly environment and is accessible to students with little or no computer experience
- Online courses provide the knowledge and tools needed to stay ahead in today's rapidly changing professional marketplace
- Online education allows students to access their courses from anywhere there is an Internet connection, even while traveling for business or on vacation
- Flexibility: Students can attend class in the comfort and convenience of their own home, office, library, or internet café, and complete assignments at their convenience
- Cost-effective: expenses related to facilities and travel, as well as non-productive time, are reduced
- Relevant: Since so much of the work done by medical transcription editors is conducted in an online environment, this method of study is highly relevant to the profession.
The online delivery of the program requires that students have access to a computer and are proficient at using e-mail, communicating online, participating in discussion groups and conducting online research. The online format ensures that students have the most current information in the field available to them as they learn the skills needed to succeed in today’s increasingly specialized medical office assistant profession.