If you’re considering becoming a medical administrative assistant it’s important to note that while the healthcare field is highly specialized, the job of administrative assistant carries with it responsibilities that are similar regardless of the industry. If you’ve already worked as an administrative assistant in an unrelated industry all you need to get going in healthcare is a minimum amount of specialized training.
The primary focus of a healthcare administrative assistant is to run the front office of a medical practice. As far as administrative medicine jobs go, it’s one of the more well-known and populated job categories. Every local doctor’s office, group practice, and clinic employ at least one medical administrative assistant.
Getting an Education
If you’d like to apply for a medical administrative assistant job without any prior experience you’ll most likely need to get some education. Fortunately, the need for qualified workers has led to the creation of specialized training programs at vocational schools and community colleges.
The training students receive includes both general administrative skills and the specialized knowledge, insight, and terminology needed to function in the healthcare field. Upon graduation you will be fully competent and ready to get to work.
Interested workers who have spent time in a medical front office as a receptionist or other support worker may not need specialized education to land a position. If previous work experience has provided the skills and knowledge necessary, and the worker has a good recommendation, it’s possible to move right into the administrative assistant job.
Beyond the Technical Skills
Running a front office in today’s fast-paced healthcare industry is one of those administrative medicine jobs requiring more than just technical skills learned in school or on the job. It also requires:
- the ability to be flexible at a moment’s notice
- good people skills to deal with patients and other office workers
- the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- a willingness to work as a go between for both office and clinical staff