You’re the type of person who likes to help others. You’re organized. And you know how to get things done. Well, that’s good news. The healthcare industry is growing and now is a great time to consider a career as a medical administrative assistant.
As a UMA medical administrative assistant student online, you’ll learn how to help keep the healthcare system moving forward. You’ll learn how to greet patients and get them checked in, schedule appointments, assist with patient insurance claims, medical coding, and day-to-day office procedures. If a career in a medical office setting and supporting people, processes and procedures sounds good to you, we should talk.
In some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.1 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program may choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.
UMA students often start with a diploma because it gets them trained faster and may help them enter the workforce sooner. Once they are employed, they may return to UMA to apply their diploma coursework toward an associate degree in this field.
Classes at UMA help prepare you to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll become certified which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.
Medical administrative assistants with a diploma or degree and certification can go on to entry-level positions as a medical secretary, customer service representative, front office staff and more. Working environments include physician’s offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Employment in this field is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022.2
How long is the diploma program?
10 months (may vary according to individual student).
How long is the degree program?
17 months (may vary according to individual student).
*Arkansas Residents - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has requirements for coursework that are not contained in UMA programs for other states. Therefore, Arkansas residents must meet program requirements that are slightly different. These courses are required for residents of Arkansas.
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Q: What is a medical administrative assistant?
A: The person who greets you at the front desk of a doctor’s office or other healthcare provider might have an education similar to a medical administrative assistant. This person provides office administrative support for a healthcare provider. One common job title for this career is medical secretary.
Q: What does a medical administrative assistant do?
A: Medical administrative assistant duties may include greeting patients, scheduling appointments, filing insurance claims, and answering incoming calls. Day-to-day office functions are part of a medical administrative assistant’s tasks.
Q: I want to be a medical office assistant. Can I do that with this program?
A: Yes. The UMA Medical Administrative Assistant program will qualify you to apply for a position as medical office assistant. You may want to consider our Medical Office and Billing Specialist program too.
Q: Does a medical administrative assistant perform patient care?
A: No. Medical administrative assistants do not take patient’s blood pressure, give injections or perform any other patient care. Those duties would be performed by a medical assistant, nursing assistant or similar position.
Q: Wondering how to become a medical administrative assistant?
A: You’ll need medical administrative assistant training which includes teaching you how to perform typical office duties for a doctor’s office or other healthcare provider. In addition to completing career training, you may choose to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam to become certified.
Q: Do I have to become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) to work?
A: No. You do not have to become certified in order to work as a medical administrative assistant. However, passing the CMAA exam to become certified may help you stand out in the field as an applicant. To learn more, see the above section entitled, “Helping you prepare for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.”
Q: What’s it like to take medical administrative assistant classes online?
A: Online classes with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train for your career on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, live learning labs, a mobile app, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.
Q: What kind of medical administrative assistant classes would I take?
A: UMA medical administrative assistant classes include: Introduction to Medical Administrative Assisting, Medical Terminology and Transcription, Medical Coding II and more. To see complete list of courses for medical administrative assistant diploma and degree, see the diploma and degree “classes” sections above.
Q: Is there a difference between medical administrative assistant schools?
A: Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer medical administrative assistant programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.3 UMA is a school that offers medical administrative assistant training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.
Q: How long does it take to become a medical administrative assistant?
A: Our medical administrative assistant diploma program may be completed in 10 months, and our medical administrative assistant associate degree program may be completed in 17 months (may vary according to individual student).
Q: How much does a medical administrative assistant make?
A: You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A medical administrative assistant salary depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about medical administrative assistant salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
Q: What should I look for in top schools for medical administrative assistant training?
A: Start by looking for an accredited school. If it’s not accredited, it’s probably not a top school. Top schools that offer medical administrative assistant programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer medical administrative assistant training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn more about these types of important features, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.
This program can be completed in as little as 10 months (diploma) or 17 months (degree).
90% of employers of UMA graduates who responded to a survey said they would hire other UMA graduates.
This program is offered Online.
For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Degree – Medical Administrative Assistant Classes and Diploma – Medical Administrative Assistant Classes.
Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf
and includes information on tuition, loan debt, completion, placement and occupations.
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1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm 2 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Office-and-Administrative-Support/Secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm#tab-6 3According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.