Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes, this course actually prepares you for two certifications. Upon completion of all your coursework, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam and the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam, both offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). You will receive vouchers for both exams after successfully completing the course and your financial obligation.
What is the demand for administrative medical assistants?
The demand for Administrative Medical Assistants is high, and it is expected to grow 23 percent over the next several years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This job growth will result mainly from an increasing elderly population as well as advances in healthcare and medical office technology.
What does an administrative medical assistant do?
An Administrative Medical Assistant manages all the front desk activities for a hospital, doctor's office, or other medical facility. This is an integral role in healthcare as it allows doctors and other medical staff to focus on caring for patients. In this role, you will need to have excellent customer service skills as you are often the first person that patients connect with at a medical facility. You will need to be able to multitask, deal with stress well, use computer systems, handle money, and communicate clearly and concisely. You'll master all of these things and more!
What is a certified medical administrative assistant?
A Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a certification earned by those who have proven their expertise in efficiently and effectively running healthcare offices. This nationally recognized designation is something that many employers are searching for in one of the fastest-growing careers today. Upon earning this certification, you'll be able to confidently handle correspondence, answer calls, schedule appointments, operate computer systems. As well as maintaining files, update and maintain patient information, and create operation reports for any medical practice—the essential duties for any administrative medical assistant.
What is the difference between an Administrative Medical Assistant and a Medical Assistant?
The difference between an Administrative Medical Assistant and a Medical Assistant is that while both positions can and do perform clerical tasks, a Medical Assistant also has the ability to perform some clinical tasks such as helping with examinations, giving injections, and preparing specimens for lab tests.
How much does an Administrative Medical Assistant make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Administrative Medical Assistants earn a median salary of $36,000. Your exact salary will vary, but the areas with the highest paying jobs for Administrative Medical Assistants include California, Idaho, Washington D.C., and Connecticut.
Is the CMAA a multiple-choice test?
Yes. The CMAA exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. The questions are weighted so some are worth more points than others, and you must score a minimum of 390 points in order to pass the exam. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete it.
What is a certified electronic health records specialist (CEHRS)?
A certified electronic health records specialist (CEHRS) is someone who has demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills to perform the important job of ensuring that patient data is secure, complete, and accurate. To achieve the nationally-recognized CEHRS designation you must prepare for and pass the CEHRS exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association.
Are electronic health records specialists in high demand?
Yes! Electronic Health Records Specialists are in high demand, and jobs are expected to increase by 8 percent through 2029 which is considered faster than average by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population is expected to be the biggest contributor to this job growth.
Where do you work as an electronic health records specialist?
Electronic health records specialists work in a variety of healthcare facilities including physicians' offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, surgery centers, and government facilities. You may even be able to work from home in this career!
What is a day in the life of an electronic health records specialist like?
A day in the life of an electronic health records specialist is one of multi-tasking. You will be responsible for auditing patient records, submitting reimbursement claims, processing requests for medical information, reviewing records, collecting insurance and demographic information from patients, and discussing patients with physicians and insurance professionals. There is a high need for specialists who are trustworthy and able to keep information confidential.
How much do electronic health records specialists make?
The median salary for electronic health records specialists is just over $44,090 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those working in physicians' offices have an average salary around $35,500, while those working in hospitals earn over $44,000 on average.
What type of test is the CEHRS certification exam?
The CEHRS certification exam is a multiple-choice test that consists of 110 questions. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete it.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, NHA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exam vouchers are provided to you in the format of a digital registration process to enroll for the exam after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.
Can I register for a course if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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