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Medical administrative assistant. Medical office receptionist. Are they one and the same? Does one require more training or schooling than the other? And what are job prospects and salary for each? In this article, we’ll break down the duties of each role as well as training requirements and recommendations, so you have a clear vision for which path to choose.
A Medical Administrative Assistant, also referred to as a Medical Office Assistant, performs (not surprisingly) a variety of administrative tasks at a doctor’s or dentist’s office, hospital, outpatient clinic, or surgical center. Skills required include the ability to:
While a high school diploma (or equivalent) may be sufficient for an entry-level position, most employers prefer to hire candidates that have received medical office assistant training and/or a medical office assistant certification.
Ashworth College offers a medical office assistant training program that gives you the training and certification you need. We prepare you for the National Healthcareer Association's (NHA's) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, with the fee for the exam 100% covered by tuition.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the medical administrative assistant field is growing with excellent job prospects--especially for those who have earned a certification; expected growth is 29% by 2024 and average salary is $31,540.
A Medical Office Receptionist is the front-desk personnel of a doctor’s or dentist’s office, hospital, physical therapy office, or long-term care facility. In this role, you deal less with medical staff on patient treatment and instead work more closely with the patients both before and after they see their treating physician. A Medical Office Receptionist is responsible for:
Once again, a high school diploma may suffice for an entry-level position in this field, but a medical office receptionist diploma will set you above the rest by training you on healthcare law and ethics, appointment scheduling, medical records handling, insurance plans, and billing and coding procedures.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the medical office receptionist field is expected to grow 10% by 2024 with an average salary of $29,120.
Ashworth College offers all the resources you need to pursue a career in either (or both) of these exciting fields. Flexible, affordable online study means you complete your training at your own pace. And when you’re ready, our career services is there to help you launch your career!