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The healthcare industry is booming, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, it is expected to add more jobs over the next decade than any other occupational group. Many of those jobs will be non-clinical, including administrative positions such as Medical Receptionist. So what do you need to know in order to pursue this career?receptionist positions in general can be expected to increase by 9 percent by 2026. Healthcare support positions, which include administrative/clerical jobs, are projected to increase by 18 percent.
That said, it is important to point out that job market data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Handbook is intended to provide insight on occupational opportunities and is not to be construed as a guarantee of salary or job title. Neither BLS nor Bryant & Stratton College can guarantee employment in this field.
Earning a Medical Administrative Assistant Associate Degree with Bryant & Stratton College is a best bet for launching a successful career as a Medical Receptionist. While requirements vary from one state to another, many states require graduation from an accredited program to qualify to perform some of the duties expected of employees in this position. Additionally, while some employers may be willing to hire people without a degree, an increasing number prefer applicants for these administrative positions that hold an associate degree.
Bryant & Stratton's Medical Administrative Assistant Associate Degree will provide you with the skills you need to excel in a medical office, handling the front-end administrative duties. Graduating from this degree program will prepare you for a career as a Medical Receptionist, as well as for a number of other administrative roles within the healthcare field.
Students who complete this career-focused associate-level degree program develop a strong background in administrative practices specific to the healthcare industry. They also gain a solid foundation in the basic practices of medical billing. Skills learned via this program include, billing, paper and electronic records management and scheduling. Students learn computer and informational skills specific to the healthcare setting and administrative skills related to the processing and management of information. Students also gain skills in the organization and design of communication procedures. Emphasis is placed on professional interpersonal skills, ensuring the ability of graduates to interact appropriately with diverse patients/clients with a solid knowledge of medical, legal and ethical issues, and written, verbal and electronic communication skills.
Applying for positions in virtually any healthcare setting generally requires passing background checks and drug tests. A career as a medical receptionist may involve meeting certain licensing, training and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Bryant & Stratton College’s programs are education programs and the college makes no representations regarding whether a particular program will qualify a graduate for employment in any specific position, is necessary for attaining any such position, or whether potential employers may require additional training, certification or education. Before enrolling in a program, applicants are encouraged to consult with any relevant agency or employer with which he/she may wish to seek employment for a complete list of position requirements and pre-requisites.
Earning certifications is done through industry-related organizations outside of your education at Bryant & Stratton College and generally involves fulfilling work experience requirements set by those organizations and passing an exam administered by them. Some employers may also require some work experience to qualify for medical receptionists and other administrative positions, often in a medical or dental office.
Work experience requirements can be fulfilled in many cases through an internship program. Students in Bryant & Stratton's Medical Administrative Assistant Associate Degree program are required to complete an internship/capstone experience as part of their educational experience, helping them to meet work experience requirements. For more details on the Medical Administrative Assistant field and/or becoming a Medical Receptionist and Information Clerk, please visit the healthcare degree section on the Bryant & Stratton College blog for further career insights.