Medical Office Specialist

WHAT DOES A MEDICAL OFFICE       SPECIALIST DO?

A career as a medical office specialist will land you in the fast growing field of health care. The work might include clerical duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic or laboratory procedures. It also might include scheduling appointments, billing patients and compiling and recording medical charts, reports and correspondence. Our program prepares you for entry-level positions and enhances your ability for promotion to advanced positions.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Our medical office assistant training provides extensive instruction in medical terminology and computer software including Microsoft Office, QuickBooks and medical scheduling and billing software.  Medical terminology, transcription and research skills are emphasized as well as hands-on practice in operating software and keying documents. The program also includes an introduction to billing and coding. It is required that you can type at least 25 words a minute. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can complete the program in four semesters. Upon successful completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

The U.S. Department of Labor reports this career among those with the largest number of job openings. It is designated as having a bright outlook nationwide. In 2015, according to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary in Kansas for an entry-level medical office specialist is $11.02 an hour or $22,913 annually. The average wage is $16 an hour or $33,280 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $22,913 $11.02
Average $33,280 $16.00

CERTIFICATIONS

Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, Excel and Access
OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins every January and August. 

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 year pathway)
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)