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Education Paths For A Medical Secretary

Education Paths For A Medical Secretary

Currin Berdine / AdminSecret

Congratulations! You’ve decided to enter an exciting and rewarding field. To get the most out of yourself and your job, employers and experts suggest you pursue an applicable education.

First, without question, you should earn your high school diploma or equivalent. This will ensure you know the basic grammar, reading, and typing skills to qualify for a medical secretary position. Furthermore, if you want to pursue more education in becoming a Medical Secretary, having your high school diploma is a required prerequisite.

Following high school, you should highly consider higher or secondary education. This is where the road forks: You can either pursue a vocational or technical school, two or four year community college, or a four year undergraduate program. With most Medical Secretary programs, you can opt to take classes on-line or on campus.

Vocational/Technical School

The most basic way to further your education and hone your skills is with a few courses at a vocational or technical school. The training program will usually include:

- Typing
- Bookkeeping
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Pharmacology
- Medical Office Procedures
- Medical Transcription
-and more…

The length of each program varies but is in the range of 9 months to 12 months of class and hands-on training. With this type of program, you would earn a Medical Secretary diploma or certificate.

Go Further with Instruction from a Two-Year Community College Program

By taking another year to earn your degree, you will gain more knowledge and skills to apply to your work. This will make your job easier and your output more impressive. In addition, you will be in higher demand by employers, open more potential for job growth, and earn more money. Typically in a two year program to become a Medical Secretary, one would pursue an Associate’s Degree as a Medical Administrative Secretary. Courses would be similar to the ones at a technical school, but would be more in-depth and include additional applicable classes. Examples include:

- Business and Medical Communication
- Public Relations and Interpersonal Communications
- Software Applications
- Schedule and Meeting Planning
- Professional Standards and Ethics
- and more…

Stand Out with a Bachelor’s Degree

If you truly want to be a stellar applicant, knowledgeable worker, and earn more money, then highly consider earning your Bachelor’s Degree. More than ever, employers are demanding undergraduate degrees from potential Medical Secretaries. Those with a specialized education are easier to train, produce better work, have spent more time working in teams, have fine-tuned their communication skills, and are more apt to be promoted.

Bachelor’s of Health Administration is one of the more popular paths to follow because like the one and two year programs, they focus on experience working in a hospital or medical environment. This program, however, will offer an array of classes that can be applied to more areas of the workplace. Furthermore, sometimes you can specialize in certain areas such as facility hospitals, mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, or medical research groups. Some of the coursework includes: - Health Information Systems
- Health Economics
- Healthcare Law
- Marketing
- Accounting and Budgeting
- Human Resources Administration
- and more…

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By being familiar with these important topics, you will have the familiarity necessary to become a stand-out Medical Secretary. Your résumé will be very impressive and you will be comfortable with the responsibilities of the job. A degree will also serve as a platform to advance to other arenas like Medical Assisting or Office Management.

Master’s and PhDs Prove Expertise in The Field

If you want to go all the way with your education more power to you! There are a number of degrees and areas to study, each with a unique and rich course offering. The most common pursuits for top positions in the health care management field are:

MHA: Master of Health Administration
MHA: Master of Health Care Administration / Master of Healthcare Administration
MHSA: Master of Health Services Administration MPH: Master of Public Health
MBA: Master of Business Administration: Health Sector Concentration


Medical Administrative Secretaries are usually an entry-level type job in a hospital or medical facility. If you intend to reach for a higher position in the workplace, then going for your graduate degree is a wise idea. You might still start off as a Medical Secretary, but your ability to go further faster will be greatly increased with such a notable education.

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