Medical administrative assistants primarily work in doctor’s offices, clinics, outpatient settings, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Medical administrative assistants, medical secretaries, and medical records clerks are all positions in great demand. The growth and the complexity of the U.S. healthcare system have resulted in a substantial increase in the need for qualified medical administrative assistants. Employment of a medical assistant is expected to grow an impressive 34% by 2023.
The Medical Administrative Assistant Program
This program covers information on the medical assisting profession, interpersonal skills, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, basics of insurance billing and coding, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, medical records management and management of practice finances. A great course for physicians’ medical office professionals!This program prepares students to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the healthcare industry. It provides students a well-rounded introduction to medical administration that delivers the skills students require to obtain an administrative medical assistant position or advance within their current healthcare career. This course covers the following key areas and topics:
Medical Administrative Assistant Detailed Course Information:
Each lesson includes a prescribed checklist of activities for successful completion of the lesson. This includes lesson objectives, readings, and recommended assignments. Although assignments are optional, the instructor will grade and provide feedback on submitted assignments.
The Medical Administrative Assistant program is divided into six main content modules. The textbook is Kinn’s The Administrative Medical Assistant, 7e. Each module contains one or more lesson presentations to view. These lesson presentations are the “lectures” which, along with the textbook readings and resources, will help you learn the material. The lesson presentations aim to address a variety of learning styles and preferences using text, audio, video, etc. Each lesson contains at least one Check Your Understanding interactive self-assessment that will help you gauge your comprehension of that lesson’s content. Many lessons include supplemental resources such as games, animations, videos, and interactive activities. Using these additional materials will deepen your understanding of the content. Each module has a Module test (the last Module concludes with a Final Exam for all students).
Module 1 – Introduction to Medical Assisting
Module 2 – Administrative Medical Assisting
Module 3 – Health Information in the Medical Office
Module 4 – Billing and Coding Procedures
Module 5 – Financial and Practice Management
Module 6 – Assisting with Medical Emergencies and Career Development
Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period.
Education and National Certifications
Students who complete the Auburn University Medical Administrative Assistant program will be prepared to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam(s). In order to work as a Medical Administrative Assistant, many states nationwide are requiring that learners achieve national certification prior to working in that state. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the practical/clinical externship option with their program. This comprehensive program is designed to prepare students to sit for National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam(s). Students who complete this program can and do sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam(s) and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.
Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum
Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. The institution works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.