How to turn your administrative skills into a career in Medical Administrative Assisting
If you’re looking for a career that is both challenging and rewarding, consider medical administrative assisting. This field offers opportunities for growth and advancement, and it’s perfect for people who have strong administrative skills. In this blog post, we will discuss what medical administrative assistants do, the training and education requirements, and the benefits of this career field.
We’ll also provide tips on how to turn your administrative skills into a successful career in medical administration!
What do medical administrative assistants do?
So, what do medical administrative assistants do? They are responsible for a variety of tasks, including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and billing and coding insurance claims. They may also be responsible for handling patient inquiries and providing customer service.
Some of the more common responsibilities of a medical administrative assistant include:
- Answering phone calls
- Scheduling appointments
- Maintaining medical records
- Billing and coding insurance claims
- Handling patient inquiries
- Providing customer service
The duties of a medical administrative assistant can vary depending on the size and type of facility they work in. For example, those who work in a small doctor’s office may only be responsible for a few of the above-mentioned tasks, while those who work in a large hospital may be responsible for all of them.
No matter what size or type of facility you work in, though, one thing is certain: as a medical administrative assistant, you will play an important role in keeping the medical facility running smoothly and efficiently.
How do you become a medical administrative assistant?
If you’re interested in turning your administrative skills into a career in medical administrative assisting, there are a few things you need to do.
First, you need to research the educational requirements for becoming a medical administrative assistant. To become a medical administrative assistant, you will need to have strong administrative skills and knowledge of the healthcare industry. Most positions require at least a high school diploma or GED; however, some employers may prefer candidates who have completed a postsecondary training program.
Here at NCC, we offer a Medical Administrative Assistant program that can be completed in as little as nine months. In this program, you will learn the necessary skills to perform administrative duties in a medical office setting.
What are the benefits of becoming a medical administrative assistant?
There are many benefits to pursuing a career in medical administrative assisting. First, it is a stable and growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of medical secretaries and administrative assistants will grow by 15 percent from 2019 to 2029.
This is much faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, medical administrative assistants earn a median annual salary of $37,040.
That’s nearly $18 per hour! And finally, many medical administrative assistant positions offer great benefits, such as health insurance and retirement plans.
How to turn your existing administrative skills into a new career?
If you are interested in pursuing a career in medical administrative assisting, you can make use of your existing administrative skills.
Here are some tips:
First, think about the qualities that make you a good administrative assistant. These same qualities will make you a good medical administrative assistant.
Some examples include being organized, detail-oriented, and able to multitask. If you have these qualities, then you’re already on your way to a successful career in medical administrative assisting.
Second, take some time to research the field of medical administrative assisting. This will help you learn more about the duties and responsibilities of this position.
You can find information online, or you can speak with someone who is already working in this field. This research will give you a better understanding of what to expect from this career.
Third, get some experience working in the medical field. You can do this by volunteering at a hospital or clinic, or by working as a medical assistant.
This experience will be helpful when you are applying for jobs as a medical administrative assistant. It will also give you an idea of whether or not this is the right career for you.
NCC offers externships that will give you the opportunity to work in a medical setting and gain the experience you need.
Fourth, start looking for jobs as a medical administrative assistant. You can search online, or you can speak with your Career Services advisor about job openings in your area.
Fifth, once you have found a job that interests you, apply for it! Be sure to include your experience working in the medical field on your resume and cover letter.
Following these steps will help you turn your administrative skills into a career in medical administrative assisting!
Start your career as a Medical Administrative Assistant with us!
Here at Northwest Career College, our student-centered philosophy means that you come first. We offer a flexible schedule so you can care for your family and have a balanced life in Las Vegas while advancing towards your new career.
We pride ourselves on being the premier Medical Administrative Assistant school in Las Vegas and our established, seasoned instructors offer online and on-campus night classes to accommodate your busy work and family schedule. Call us at (702) 403-1592 to speak to one of our admissions assistants about your new medical administrative assisting career.
Jenette Ashcraft, N.C.M.A.
Allied Health Department Director
R.M.A. National Education Center