The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Medical secretaries coordinate the business transactions occurring in a physician's office. They control the recording and flow of information between the physicians and their patients, medical laboratories, hospitals and insurance companies.|
|Duties:||Prepare and organize reports for physicians regarding patients' diagnoses, laboratory tests and prescribed treatments. They keep records of prescriptions and surgery or procedures performed.
Use computer systems to calculate fees and generate invoices for patients and the documents needed to coordinate a patient's insurance claims. Pay invoices received by the doctor's office.
They type the physician's professional correspondence. Attend medical meetings held by physicians and summarizes the meeting proceedings and conclusions with typed reports.
They assess new computer-based software system for organizing and classifying physician's records and business transactions. They decide which software to purchase.
|Degree(s):||A.A.S. Medical Office Assistant
|Job Outlook:||Employment of medical secretary is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to expansion of the healthcare industry. There is an increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need support personnel who can handle both administrative and clinical duties. In addition, medical secretaries work mostly in primary care, a consistently growing sector of the healthcare industry.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$28,000 to $32,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Physicians' offices, hospitals, medical laboratories and clinics prefer to hire applicants for medical secretary positions who have an associate degree, or equivalent, from a college or a business school. The study program must prepare you to work in the medical field and provide you with computer application skills.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.