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.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Medical Secretaries

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Medical Secretaries jobs , as of 2016

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Mean Salary
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 28,110 $32,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 27,080 $37,380
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 25,130 $34,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 9,930 $33,530
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 9,650 $34,150
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 9,650 $46,190
Columbus 8,180 $33,850
San Antonio-New Braunfels 7,760 $30,650
Austin-Round Rock 7,360 $34,610
San Diego-Carlsbad 7,030 $40,090

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to medical secretaries

Source : 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Most Popular Industries for
Medical Secretaries

These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

Industry Total Employment 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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