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Medical Office Assistant

 

The Medical Office Assistant classes at Delta College in Lafayette are designed to prepare students for a broad spectrum of entry level employment in the Medical Office and related occupations. A student completing this program can perform many tasks including medical/dental insurance coding & billing, medical/dental transcription, reception duties, medical filing & records, medical secretarial duties, and medical bookkeeping. Graduates will be prepared to gain national certification through testing in Medical Office Administration, Medical Transcription, and Medical Billing and Coding. Students will be expected to gain competency through medical billing and coding classes and other training to graduate the medical office assistant program.

Approximate completion time: Day—7.5 months
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Nature of Medical Office Assistant Work:

Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronics systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical treatment histories.

Duties: All Technicians document patients’ health information, including the medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare provider services. Medical records and health information technicians’ duties vary with the size of the facility in which they work.

Medical records and health information technicians typically do the following:

  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of health data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record date for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality authorized access for treatment, and data security

Although medical records and health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

The increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of medical records and health information technicians. Technicians will need to be familiar with, or be able to learn, EHR computer software, follow EHR security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt EHR systems. Medical office assistant classes will prepare students for

Medical Office Assistant Job Outlook:

Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014

Earnings:

The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $33,310 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,680, and the top 10 percent earned more than $55,170.

*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013-2014

Delta College in Lafayette Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Externship
  • Quality Instructors
  • Affordable Tuition
  • 7 1/2 Month Day or 12 Month Evening Classes (Evening classes available in Baton Rouge only)
  • Certifications available through National Healthcare Association
  • Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
  • Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • TOPS Tech Eligible

Medical Office Assistant Training – Delta College in Lafayette

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Major Occupations For Which Graduates Will Be Qualified:

 

Medical Office Assistant Training Costs:

Registration Fee:
$ 100.
Tuition through Graduation: $ 13,400.
Books and Supplies: included*
Total Cost: $13,500.
 
*All required textbooks, workbooks, software, lab supplies, two sets of uniforms, etc. needed to complete the program are included with tuition. Incidentals such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. are not included and must be provided by the student. For more information of tuition policies and additional charges see the college catalog.