Are you organized and good at keeping track of details? Have you thought about a health career but would rather work in an office than with patients?
“Front office” skills allow you to work in a medical setting without direct patient contact.
Medical front office assistants work in clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical insurance companies, health care organizations and more. They prepare you to perform administrative duties such as dealing with incoming and outgoing patients, scheduling and monitoring appointments, creating and maintaining patient records, applying standardized codes to patient records, and insurance billing.
Medical coding specialists rely on their knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, diseases and medications to assign a diagnostic or procedural code to each entry in a patient’s record. so that the physician practices and hospitals they work for get reimbursed from insurance companies for services and facilities provided to patients.
Why is This a Good Career Bet?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy- nearly one-third of the total increase through 2024. Employment of medical secretaries is projected to grow 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor) are in health care occupations. Health information technician positions are projected to increase by 30 percent.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas includes health information technicians among high-growth occupations through 2017, adding an estimated 2,180 jobs to the local economy with average wages of $20.94 an hour.
Degrees or Certificates in Medical Front Office Administration
The Medical Front Office Administration programs are offered exclusively at Brookhaven College among colleges of DCCCD. These programs prepare students to work in entry-level positions in a variety of health care settings with the skills needed to meet the high demand for healthcare professionals in these areas.
The following certificates are currently available: