M State's Medical Administrative Assistant AAS prepares graduates to work in a variety of medical settings, handling all types of administrative duties for private practices, hospitals and clinics. The inclusion of liberal arts courses in the program prepares graduates to expand the traditional role of medical office assistants and move into leadership roles.
Program graduates are highly trained medical office specialists who are prepared to accept responsibility for the coordination of the medical office functions and patient billing processes that comprise the business of health care facilities. Successful medical administrative assistants have excellent communication skills and exhibit a high degree of professionalism.
M State has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead which allows graduates of the Medical Administrative Assistant AAS program to transfer 50 program credits into MSUM's bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.
Our 60-credit degree is offered on our M State campus in Moorhead and online.
Here is what you'll learn
- Medical office management strategies
- Appointment schedule management
- Patient registration procedures
- Electronic health care record (EHR) preparation and management
- CPT and HCPCS level II procedure and ICD-CM diagnosis coding
- Health insurance and medical billing procedures
- Practice management systems and Microsoft Office applications
- Law, ethics and confidentiality in the health care setting
- Communication using the language of medicine
- Interpersonal skills for a health care setting
- Structure and function of the human body in health and disease states
- Critical thinking and organizational skills
Initially I planned to pursue a degree in nursing, but after completing my CNA certification I realized that hands-on medical care was not the right fit for me. After doing a bit of research, I discovered M state offered a Medical Administrative Assistant program and thought that would suit me perfectly.