Healthcare administrative assistants, often also called medical administrative assistants, are key members of the front-office medical staff. They greet patients, manage electronic health records and ensure the office operates efficiently while also fostering a friendly and positive patient experience. This entry-level profession does not deal directly with patient care; rather they greet patients, triage appointments and provide other assistance.
If this career sounds like something you would be interested in, we have three important steps you need to take to make your healthcare career a reality.
- Graduate from high school. The first thing you need to do to become a healthcare administrative assistant is graduate from high school. If you are still attending school and think this could be something that interests you, consider adding an additional computer class or health class to help make your transition smoother.
- Once you have earned your high school diploma or GED, you will want to enroll in a health care administrative assistant program. At Pima Medical Institute, you will learn the personal traits and professional skills needed to perform as a competent entry-level healthcare administrative assistant. You will gain knowledge in medical terminology, law, office management, medical insurance, computers and accounting procedures. And, with the program at Pima Medical, you can be in the work force in as little as eight months.
- The final step is to enter the workforce. At Pima Medical, your final course is an externship with one of our employer partners. After your externship, and finally earning your certificate, you will be prepared to begin your career as a healthcare administrative assistant, medical administrative assistant, medical secretary, medical receptionist office manager, medical records clerk and more.
If you want to continue growing your career, here is the bonus step – enroll in Pima Medical Institute’s Healthcare Administration associate degree program. Offered one hundred percent online, you can balance your work and personal life while continuing your education.
Pima Medical also offers a fully online bachelor of science in healthcare administration degree and a newly launched master’s degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in healthcare administration.
So, if you want a rewarding career in healthcare but you don’t want to work directly with patient care and have additional career aspirations, the healthcare administrative assistant certificate program could be the perfect starting point.