Students in this program prepare to work in a variety of medical office settings, which include clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, and physicians’ and dentists’ offices. Medical office assistants must work with a high degree of accuracy and a clear understanding of medical ethics, legality of medical reports, and empathy for patients.
A thorough knowledge of punctuation and grammar, medical terminology, medical transcription, medical forms (including basic coding and processing insurance forms), word processing and accounting are essential elements of this program. Additional courses in spreadsheets and databases broaden the required computer knowledge in this field. An office internship is required.