Medical Assistant Programs at Medical Assistant Job Opportunities: Receptionist
Career Options for Medical Assistants• Medical assistants receive training for a wide range of medical disciplines.• This prepares them to fill many roles in the medical field.
Becoming a Medical Receptionist• Receptionist jobs are excellent starting points for medical assistants.• By handling the duties of a receptionist, medical assistants can get first-hand experience in the medical field while learning the ins-and-outs of clinic and office operations.• At the entry-level, medical receptionists can enjoy a low- stress opportunity to hone their skills in the medical field and/or continue their education to advance their careers.
Medical Receptionist Responsibilities• Medical receptionists often act as the “face” of the medical office. – They are usually the first and last contact a patient has when calling or visiting the medical office.• Typical responsibilities for medical receptionists include: – Greeting arriving patients – Answering phones, screening calls and taking messages – Handling incoming and outgoing mail – Preparing electronic and written correspondence – Supporting office security by monitoring incoming and outgoing visitors
More Responsibilities• Medical receptionists are also expected to handle these tasks as well. However, the actual workload will vary from office to office: – Scheduling appointments – Taking and documenting medical insurance information – Handling medical insurance co-payments – Processing medical insurance submissions – Maintaining patient records
Required Skills for Receptionists• When hiring a new receptionist, medical offices tend to look for candidates with the following skills and personal traits: – Upbeat attitude and professional demeanor (remember, receptionists act as the “face” of the office) – Multi-tasking ability (able to gracefully handle several calls and/or patients at once) – Good computer skills, with an emphasis on data entry – Basic math and filing/organizational skills – Phone and switchboard experience – Able to pass a background check, including • Positive references • No drug abuse • Clean criminal record
Working as a Medical Receptionist• Medical receptionists generally work regular, set hours with minimum required overtime. – Work doesn’t follow you home!• According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for receptionists and information clerks is expected to be about 15% between 2008 and 2018. – This is considered a field with fast growth.• Aspiring medical assistants and receptionists can start getting the training they need from Everest College.
Join Everest College’s Medical Assisting Community• Visit the Everest College Facebook page to hear from medical assistants and current or prospective students.
About Us• Corinthian Colleges, Inc. offers medical assistant training and education through its Everest College, Everest University, and Everest Institute campuses nationwide.• We are the largest educator of medical assistants in the United States.
Request More Information• Please call 1-(866) 210-6524 or visit the Everest College Website to request more information about becoming a medical assistant.• We look forward to hearing from you!