Medical Office/Administrative & Business Support
This program is designed to provide a balance of business and medical skills necessary to find employment in today’s competitive market. Students must possess a GED or high school diploma to enroll in this program.
As a member of the medical office program, you are facing a demanding and rigorous year. You will also find many rewards as you prepare yourself to gain successful employment.
The goal of the faculty is to assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for safe, competent office employment. Your responsibilities include studying, learning and applying the knowledge and skills that are offered to you. As a student of the medical office program, it is also your responsibility to conduct yourself in a professional manner and follow all policies of the medical office program, including policies at practicum sites.
Service-oriented positions in the medical field continue to provide about half the employment opportunities in the United States. In addition to private medical practices (independent and group), hospitals, and clinics, people trained as administrative medical assistants have the opportunity to be employed in a variety of health care facilities, including health insurance companies, pharmacies, laboratories, managed care organizations, diet control centers, mental health agencies, industrial clinics, physical therapy practices, specialty groups, nurse practitioner offices, and medical supply companies.*
A career as an administrative medical assistant offers the satisfaction of helping others as well as the opportunity to serve on a health care team. As the population continues to grow, so will the need for health care and the demand for workers in this field. Employment opportunities for those with clerical skills are available in physicians' offices (both solo and group practices), clinics, hospitals, dental offices, foundations, research institutes, public school health service departments, prisons, the armed services, insurance companies, public health departments, medical departments of large companies, Medicare agencies, managed care organizations, offices of nurse practitioners, outpatient facility centers, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and medical instrument and supply firms. Employment opportunities are also available in the fields of manufacturing, publishing, and teaching; and in freelancing, for example, as a self-employed insurance biller or medical transcriptionist, now known as a medical language specialist (MLS) or speech recognition technician (SRT).
This handbook includes the rules, policies and operating procedures of our medical office program. You should read and study them carefully and keep them as a reference. Maintaining your position as a student is closely related to your willingness to be aware of and abide by the policies of the program. Know the policies and follow them.
Mingo Extended Learning Center is accredited by the commission of the Council on Occupational Education. For information write to: Executive Director, Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350 or submit comments via the council website (www.council.org)