Become a Medical Secretary | ASPIRA City College

Medical Secretary
Program

THE MEDICAL OFFICE A GREAT PLACE TO BELONG

THE MEDICAL OFFICE A GREAT PLACE TO BELONG

Medical secretaries work alongside doctors and allied health professionals to manage the administrative side of healthcare. Their work helps direct care providers deliver the best patient services possible. As the public face of their employers, medical secretaries are called on to be efficient and display patience, and compassion, even under pressure. 

On any given day, a medical secretary might accomplish the following:

  • Manage patient insurance forms, health information and electronic medical records
  • Handle ICD-10 medical coding plus patient and insurance billing
  • Answer phones, greet patients and scheduling appointments
  • Analyze information and prepare reports
  • Check in patients
  • Collect co-pays
  • Communicate with patients’ insurance companies, pharmacies, and more

Medical secretaries work under many names. Their job titles are set by their employer rather than an industry-wide standard and include:

  • Medical Office Secretary
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Billing Clerk
  • Medical Biller
  • Billing Coordinator
  • Patient Coordinator
  • Physician Office Specialist
  • Unit Secretary
  • Unit Support Representative
  • Ward Clerk
  • Claims Processor
  • Admissions Coordinator

As a medical secretary, you’ll be needed anywhere healthcare is provided. Just a few of these environments include the offices of physicians, and medical specialists, hospital admissions and patient care units, blood banks, diagnostic imaging facilities, nursing homes, research facilities, and more.

Ample growth is expected in this career, making work as a medical secretary a great path for a brighter future. And while there is no universally required formal training, most healthcare employers prefer to hire candidates who have prepared by completing post-secondary medical secretary education.

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ASPIRA City College MEDICAL SECRETARY PROGRAM

Where Can I Get Started as a Medical Secretary?

At ASPIRA City College, you focus on the essential skills needed to enter the allied health field as a medical secretary. In addition to in-depth instruction, our industry-focused, 45-credit program prepares graduates to sit for the Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (MAAC), Billing Coding Specialist Certification (BCSC), and Electronic Health Records Certification (EHRC) exams.

Our program’s course topics include:

  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Business Communications
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Coding
  • Electronic Appointment Scheduling
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
  • HIPPA-Compliant Medical Record Keeping
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Upon completion of the program, graduates will understand how to use computers and related technology to accomplish their job duties. You will also receive instruction in important report-writing programs to help manage the tasks of the position.

Every student will also complete a 105-hour externship to apply their knowledge and skills in a healthcare facility. The all-important externship gives you a chance to interact with experienced professionals, and gain confidence in your abilities. And for some students, that externship opportunity becomes employment upon graduation.

To apply, you must be at least 17 years old and have documented proof of either a high school diploma, GED or foreign equivalent.

Day Program
9 Months
Mon — Fri 9am-3pm

Evening Program
18 Months
Mon — Thu 6-10pm

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Why Choose ASPIRA City College for Medical Secretary Training?

For many students living in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, ASPIRA City College’s Medical Secretary Program is just the right fit for a post-secondary medical secretary education because graduates are known to be well-prepared for a lifetime of career success.

ASPIRA City College is a non-profit career school that is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC accreditation is especially important because it means the ASPIRA City College is committed to:

  • Ethical student recruitment, communication and business practices.
  • Maintaining high educational standards with continuous program overview
  • Employing highly skilled instructors with real-world experience and ongoing professional development for the benefit of our students.
  • Providing sufficient equipment and computer workstations with appropriate software to meet students practical training needs.
  • Offering responsive student services program to assist enrolled students with academic advising, tutoring, and graduate employment assistance to support a successful transition from school to work.
  • And more…

To learn more about the value of accreditation, visit ACCSC online.

When to Get Started

You can start right now. Our medical secretary students may choose between two program timelines to accommodate their needs and busy lives. Options include

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Fast-Track Day Program

Students in this program can begin their new careers as quickly as possible. Training takes nine months, with instruction scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each semester includes a one-week break.

Evening Program

This program accommodates working students and those who need to care for family members during the day. Classes meet for 18 months with three separate week-long semester breaks. All instruction is conducted between 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Both programs include days off for holidays.

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Why wait to enter an exciting field full of great opportunities for hardworking people with excellent training? The medical secretary program at ASPIRA College can help you achieve your career goals and make a brighter future for yourself and your family with available financial aid, employment assistance, and flexible class schedules. Learn more about our North Philadelphia campus to get started  – request more information or schedule a campus tour today.

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