Become a Medical Unit Secretary! Cost: $350. Classroom or Online.
Coursework provides an overview of secretarial procedures pertinent to health care, from providing customer service to patients to adhering to privacy regulations. Students learn basic medical terms and how to understand medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on customer service in the healthcare setting since the unit secretary will also be acting as the medical receptionist.
Medical Accounting Course
Students are introduced to the basic medical insurance coverage currently available to patients and the process for filing claims. Students learn basic medical billing codes for various procedures.
Medical Records Course
Maintaining digital and hard-copy patient charts and files is an essential task of a health care secretary. The course emphasizes federal privacy regulations, which make the secure storage of patient medical and financial records a priority.
Medical Terminology Course
Students learn basic medical terms in order to properly transcribe doctor's orders and understand medical coding. They are introduced to medical procedures of diagnosis and treatment.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as secretaries in hospital units or clerks in medical offices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), average salaries for medical secretaries were $31,450 in 2009.