The Healthcare Office Specialist is a one-year program preparing people for entry-level positions in medical offices or hospitals working as receptionists, medical records technicians, health information technicians, documentation specialists (transcriptionists) admitting registrars, and other office administrative support positions.
A person wanting to become a healthcare office specialist should have the ability to get along well with people and be comfortable working in a medical/healthcare atmosphere. A successful healthcare office specialist must have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, be computer literate, highly organized, and detail-oriented.
All required courses for the Healthcare Office Specialist certificate can be applied toward the two-year Associate of Applied Science Administrative Medical Assistant degree. Many students have chosen to continue their studies, take additional courses for more in-depth coverage of topics, and participate in cooperative work experience to obtain the AAS.
This program is designed to be completed in one year of full-time attendance. This assumes that the student has placed at or above the necessary levels on the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) or has taken the necessary coursework to place into the required program courses. It is advisable to take the placement test as early as possible to identify courses needed prior to enrolling in this program. Students should work with an advisor to interpret the test scores and get help in planning their program.