The healthcare industry is growing! Due to an aging population, the move to electronic health records and other factors, the healthcare industry will see an increase in the need for qualified medical support staff. Now is a great time to work in medical office administration.*
By learning medical administrative assistant skills, you may work as an integral part of a healthcare team. Your responsibilities could include patient scheduling, obtaining and entering patient medical information, handling billing and insurance claims, and coding medical records.
At the South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT), we help students advance their careers. We make the choice easy, with flexible class schedules, a focus on hands-on learning, and training that helps prepare you for a career.
Training to Become a Medical Administrative Assistant
For more than 40 years, STVT has helped students reach their career goals. Our dedication to our students continues in our unique medical administrative assistant training program that helps prepare students for entry-level careers in the medical assisting field.
STVT also offers a variety of other services, including:
- Dedicated, industry-experienced instructors
- Labs simulating real-world conditions
- Externship programs focusing on job experience outside the classroom
- Career Services available to students
What Does a Medical Administrative Assistant Do?
The healthcare industry is big and at times, complicated. Professionals with medical administrative assistant training will be important for years to come, increasing the likelihood of a secure, long-term employment opportunity for individuals with the right training.
At STVT, you can take medical administration courses that help you learn the skills employers may be looking for.
Medical administrative assistant duties are comprised of common, yet important tasks in the medical field, including:
- Processing insurance and other payments
- Preparing medical records for analysis
- Medical records management
- Operation of complex and HIPAA-compliant software
- Financial records maintenance
Medical support staff commonly work with patients and others in the office. They are often the communications center of the practice, taking the lead role in ensuring everyone is up to date in a number of ways, including:
- Patient administration and registration
- Appointment scheduling
- Performing patient interviews and verifying case history
- Coordination with doctors and nurses for examinations and tests
Medical Administrative Assistant Professional Requirements
The Medical Administrative Assisting Technology diploma program is intended for persons who desire a career in a medical office. Students must possess a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent. Be sure to review our medical administrative assistant courses in Texas before making a final decision.
Is a Medical Administrative Assistant a Good Career for Me?
If you want to help other people when they may need it the most, a career in the medical field could be right for you. Medical administrative assistants often spend time with people who are sick or worried about becoming sick, so it’s important they stay outgoing and positive.
They should remain nonjudgmental during interviews so patients can feel comfortable to share all the information relevant to their visit. Communication skills are especially important, as diagnoses and instructions should be presented in a way that is easy for the patient to understand.
How Much Money Do Medical Assistants Make?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical secretaries earn a median salary of $35,760 per year. The lowest 10 percent earn $25,390, and the top 10 percent earn $51,890 annually. In addition, most Medical Administrative Assistants work full time in comfortable office or hospital settings.*
Salary earned will vary according to many factors. STVT cannot guarantee employment or salary.
Where Can a Medical Administrative Assistant Work?
One of the unique benefits of this career path is high flexibility in workplace settings. Medical administrative assistants can work in hospitals, private practices, clinics, care facilities, and more. Medical offices and practices are wide-spread around the country, making it easy to pick where you’d like to live and work.
Do You Have Other Questions?
Are you ready to learn more about our Medical Administrative Assistant programs? Contact us today and we will help to answer questions you have about our programs. We know that a decision to attend STVT is an important step in your personal and professional life, and we are committed to making sure that you have the information to make a career training decision that is right for you.
STVT’s South Texas Medical Administrative Assistant Program Locations
We offer Medical Administrative Assisting Technology programs at many of our Texas campuses. Each campus offers a unique educational experience, making STVT an excellent place to train for your new career.
Programs vary by location.
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