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Drury GO Medical Administrative Assistant PEP Program

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Take the first step to a rewarding career. Drury GO’s Professional Enrichment Programs are non-degree programs designed to provide you with practical training to gain employment in a variety of fields. Although these programs do not grant academic credit, they may qualify you to sit for credentialing exams in your chosen field.

The Medical Administrative Assistant program prepares you for an administrative role in a doctor’s office, clinic, outpatient setting or hospital. Medical administrative assistants, medical secretaries and medical records clerks are all positions with high demand. Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 29% by 2026.

  • Tuition prices include textbooks, the optional externship, and the certification exam fees.
  • Student tuition: $3,000
  • Course contact: 50 hours
  • Clinical externship: 40 hours
  • Coursework is completed 100% online within a 6-month completion window.
  • Several national certification options are available once you’ve completed this course.

Program Details

This 50-hour program prepares students to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the health care 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 health care career.

This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • History and background of the medical assisting profession
  • Interpersonal skills, medical ethics and basic medical law
  • Telephone techniques and skills for scheduling appointments
  • Medical terminology
  • Basics of insurance billing and coding
  • Medical records management and management of practice finances

Education and Certification

Medical administrative assistants should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED

  • Several national certification options are available to student who complete this course
  • This program includes a 40 hour externship opportunity
  • Students must be 18 years or older in order to sit for certification exams or participate in externship

Course Topics

  • An overview of the health care industry and expectations for a healthcare professional
  • Role of the medical administrative assistant
  • History of medicine, medicine and the law, medical malpractice, medical ethics and medical practice specialties
  • Ethical and legal issues, fraud abuse and compliance
  • Office and patient communication techniques, appointment scheduling and general office duties › Technology in the health care environment
  • Basic terminology used in the medical office
  • Medical records management, confidentiality of the medical record, initiating a medical record for a new client and filing reports in the medical record
  • HIPAA review and patient bill of rights and confidentiality
  • Financial and practice management
  • Health insurance coverage, and billing and coding procedures
  • Professional fees, billing and collecting procedures, accounting systems and credit arrangements
  • Medical accounting, financial statements, cost analysis and budgets for the medical practice
  • Specimen collection, laboratory safety and federal and state regulations
  • Assisting with medical emergencies
  • Career development