Medical secretaries, also known as medical administrative assistants, perform secretarial tasks that require specific knowledge of clinic, hospital or laboratory procedures as well as medical terminology. A medical secretary is responsible for billing patients, scheduling appointments, creating and recording medical reports and charts. Medical secretaries manage the front office.

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Medical Secretary Schools

Most medical secretary jobs require a high school diploma and general secretarial skills and knowledge in the field. But as health care becomes a more popular field, medical secretary training is increasingly leaning towards graduation from a postsecondary degree program. An associate degree in medical office administration is one way to prepare for a career as a medical secretary. Medical office administration courses cover topics such as:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Customer service
  • Medical terminology
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Record systems

Many Medical Office Administrator degree programs also require students to complete an internship in a physician's office to gain "real world" experience. Most medical secretaries partake in specialized training programs that provide the training in the industry's language. Some employers provide training in medical terminology. Medical administrative assistants should have good word processing and bookkeeping skills. Basic secretary training is often required. Classes are offered at community colleges and vocational schools.

Medical Secretary Certification and Licensing

In addition to medical secretary training degree programs, several valuable certifications are available to help medical secretaries sharpen their skills and become more attractive to prospective employers.

  • Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) - A three-part exam covering office systems, technology, administration and management
  • Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) - An advanced four-part examination which focuses on office systems and technology, office administration, management and advanced organizational management
  • Level 3 Certificate in Medical Terminology - Offered by the Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists (AMSPAR), this certificate gives an advantage to those working in any medical specialty.

Resources for Medical Secretaries

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Medical Secretaries

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Medical Secretaries jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 28110 $32,810
Dallas 28110 $32,810
Arlington 28110 $32,810
Los Angeles 27080 $35,710
Anaheim 27080 $35,710
Long Beach 27080 $35,710
The Woodlands 25130 $33,070
Houston 25130 $33,070
Sugar Land 25130 $33,070
Phoenix 9930 $32,530
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Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Medical Secretaries

To find out more about building a career as Medical Secretaries, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Medical Secretaries

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Medical Office 310,060 68% $29,760
Hospital 114,180 25% $29,560
Nursing And Residential Care 7,160 1% $28,050
Professional And Technical Services 7,000 1% $28,600
Education 5,300 1% $32,170
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  • Medical Office Specialist (10-Month Diploma Program)
  • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
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Founded in 2003, IAU College of Medicine is located in the heart of the Caribbean Islands in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, West Indies. IAU College of Medicine is chartered and accredited by the Government of Saint Lucia as a comprehensive university with the authority to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree.

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With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.

  • Medical Billing & Coding Associate Program
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2009.
  • Offers career assistance and resource services to both students and graduates.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACCSC).
  • 4 campus locations in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Oxnard, California, with online options as well.
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  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

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  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
  • Gives students the chance to participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
  • Has accelerated programs that allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
  • Electronic Medical Records - Associate of Applied Science
  • Part of the Delta Career Education Corporation.
  • Each campus features a public spa and/or salon where students can gain real-world experience.
  • 17 campuses across the United States, with online options as well.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent colleges and Schools (ACICS), with programmatic accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Originally founded in 1916 in Wilmington, North Carolina by Judge Leon Motte.
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program
  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Medical Secretaries.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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