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Are you organized and good at keeping track of details? Have you thought a health career but would like to work in an office rather than with patients?
Medical front office assistants work in clinics and hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical insurance companies, health care organizations and more. The training is useful for other positions such as coding or billing specialists, medical assistants or medical office managers.“Front office” skills allow you to work in a medical setting without direct patient contact. Instead, you’ll use information technology to support health care staff in the “back office.”
You’ll be trained in common terms, office procedures, software, basic coding and insurance within a medical setting. All courses are offered as day or evening courses on campus, as well as completely online.
Special skills are necessary for handling a busy and demanding medical office. Front office support professionals perform administrative duties such as dealing with incoming and outgoing patients, scheduling and monitoring appointments and creating and maintaining patient records.
Employers are looking for workers who are skilled in computer knowledge, diversity, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills. You’ll be trained in common medical terminology, medical office procedures, medical software applications, medical basic coding and medical insurance — so you can go right to work.
Health care reform and an aging population play a large role in the growth of all medical-related jobs, which the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates will account for nearly a third of new jobs created through 2022.
Medical secretaries are listed by America’s Career Infonet as 19th of the top 100 fastest-growing jobs requiring at least an associate degree, with an annual growth rate of 36 percent. Health information technician positions are projected to increase by 30 percent. High job growth is defined as an annual increase of more than 10 percent.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas includes health information technicians among high-growth occupations this year, adding an estimated 2,250 jobs to the local economy with average wages of $17.09 an hour.
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The Medical Front Office program is offered exclusively at Brookhaven College among colleges of DCCCD.