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Medical Administrative Specialist Program in Bangor, Maine
Medical Administrative Specialists, also known as Medical Secretaries or Information Technicians, handle the administrative duties at a medical office. In addition to general clerical duties, such as patient scheduling and correspondence, these professionals may keep records, handle insurance, conduct billing and coding, or transcribe medical reports. They greet patients but do not provide them with patient care.
The Medical Administrative Specialist Associate’s Degree program is designed to prepare you for a career as an entry-level Medical Office Specialist. You are given the option to specialize in either a medical coding or transcription concentration. Graduates will be prepared for the Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) certification exam administered by American Medical Technologists (AMT), which would allow them to become a certified Medical Administrative Specialist if passed.
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Become Qualified in Medical Administration
During the Medical Administrative Specialist Associate’s Degree, you’ll learn how to use technology to develop communication skills, higher-level thinking skills, medical terminology, and the advanced use of business software applications.
As a Medical Administrative Specialist student, you’ll take courses such as:
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Pathophysiology with Pharmacology
- Medical Coding (CPT, ICD-9, ICD-10, & Advanced Coding)
- Medical Ethics & Law
- Quickbooks for the Administrative Professional
- Computer Applications for the Medical Office
- Medical Office Procedures
- Electronic Information Systems in Healthcare
- General Education Courses
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You’ll also do a 160-hour externship at the end of your program, gaining valuable first-hand experience in the healthcare field.
Certifications Make You Employable
Upon completion of the Medical Administrative Specialist Associate’s Degree program, you’ll be prepared for the Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS)(AMT) Certification, Certified Professional Coder (CPC)(AAPC), Certified Coding Associate (CCA)(AHIMA), and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)(AHIMA) exams. Earning your certifications opens the door to your new career as a Medical Administrative Specialist.
Diverse Career Prospects
As a Medical Administrative Specialist, you can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including private medical practices, clinics, public health departments, or out-patient departments of hospitals.
With a Medical Administrative Specialist Associate’s Degree, you can apply for positions such as:
- Medical Secretary
- Medical Biller
- Medical Coder
- Medical Receptionist
- Unit Secretary
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Patient Representative
- Billing Coordinator
- Health Unit Coordinator
- Medical Office Specialist
- Patient Coordinator
- Billing Technician
- Registration Representative
- Patient Access Associate
Medical Administrative Specialists Are Needed to Fill Many Roles
Medical Administrative Specialists perform administrative duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. They may include scheduling appointments, answering phones, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
Additionally, Medical Administrative Specialists may:
- Provide secretarial support to clinical staff
- Obtain a pre-certification required by healthcare insurers or managed care providers
- Conduct billing and coding
- Inform patients of costs for care being provided, and guide them to appropriate resources for further information
- Type routine correspondence and reports from dictation or handwritten copy
- Answer telephones, screen callers, relay messages and greet visitors
- Complete insurance or other claim forms
- Greet visitors, determine the purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff
There is also a technical component to the job, as Medical Administrative Specialists operate office equipment such as voicemail messaging systems. They also use software applications for word processing and creating spreadsheets, and for preparing reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
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