Did you know that according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for medical assistants will grow at a rate of 16% through 2031, which is much faster than the average job? This online medical administrative assistant certification course will teach you how administrative medical assistants with medical billing and coding knowledge are versatile and valuable healthcare team members who handle a broad range of duties. You will also be prepared for national certification exams.
Administrative medical assistants are skilled multitaskers who direct the flow of patients through an office. Effective patient flow allows the practice to operate efficiently, increase revenue, and provide a positive experience for the patient. Their duties include maintaining the reception area, welcoming patients and visitors, scheduling appointments, gathering demographic information, verifying insurance eligibility, obtaining prior authorizations, collecting copayments, and communicating via the phone and patient portal. This online medical assistant course will prepare you for positions working alongside medical providers performing these administrative duties. The course also includes an opportunity to participate in clinical experience.
Disclaimer: To qualify for the clinical experience applications process, students must successfully complete the online course and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the clinical experience application process does not guarantee a placement. However, affiliated partnerships increase the likelihood of finding a site that matches student needs. COVID may be affecting the capacity of availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process 2 weeks prior to completing courses.
Medical billers and coders are also in high demand—making online medical billing and coding certification programs a worthwhile investment. In addition to providing the knowledge and skills you will need to become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), the online medical billing and coding program component also offers valuable training in legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to this field, including HIPAA compliance, official coding guidelines, and third-party payer requirements. You will understand all phases of the revenue cycle—from patient registration through medical coding, claims submission, reimbursement, and collections. You will also learn medical terminology as you study word parts and the structures and functions of the human body. Also presented are the disorders and medical procedures common to each body system, including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, integumentary, genitourinary, lymphatic, and immune.
Upon completing this course, you should be well prepared to find your place in this rewarding healthcare career. You will be prepared for the CMAA national certification exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and receive a voucher that covers the exam fee. You will also be able to choose a voucher for the professional certification that best aligns with your interests and career goals related to medical billing and coding. These exam vouchers include:
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
Certification exams offered by AAPC and NHA are only available online to candidates located in the US. AHIMA only offers in-person exams in both the US and Globally.