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Administrative Assistant

 

MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Welcome to medical administrative assistant training. You have taken the first step into a world that will stimulate your mind, motivate your curiosity for learning, energize your work ethic, and your spirit so that you will want to contribute something good to today’s society. This 60 hour (classroom only) program will prepare you to take the National Healthcareer Association national exam (MAA). This program does not have a clinical portion. 

What does an Administrative Assistants Do?

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

Where does Administrative Assistants work?

Although administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are employed in schools, hospitals, governments, and legal and medical offices. Most work full time in office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office. Medical secretaries require several months of training to learn industry-specific terminology.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Age 18 (by completion of training) or older
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. (Alien ID-If applicable)
  • Valid Identification (passport, driver’s license or state/federal issued ID)
  • Social Security Card
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to pass criminal background check (provided by school) Students should have no felony convictions of any kind and must not have any drug-related or Pharmacy related convictions, including misdemeanours
  • Valid CPR (school provides service for an additional fee)
  • Drug Test 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Immunization Record
  • TB Test, School will administer the skin test for a fee. (PPD skin test or a negative chest X-ray no older than a year is required)
  • Hepatitis B immunization (if declined, it must be waived in writing, form is available in our school administration office) 

 

For prices and schedules click here for the Roanoke Campus or the Charlottesville Campus.

Job Outlook

Employment of administrative assistants is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Those with a combination of work experience and computer skills should have the best job prospects.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

Our Administrative Assistant program is approved for national certification testing. After completing the Administrative Assistant training program the graduate will have the option (for an additional fee) to apply and test for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) National Exam. The national exam is administered on-site at Fast Track Health Care Education.

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required to take the national exam.

National Certification is voluntary. It represents not only compliance with established medical standards, but also highlights the health care professional’s commitment to quality and professionalism. Having national certification demonstrates to the healthcare industry that the individual is proficient in his/her specific area of study. National certification is a competency standard and has proven to be a valuable asset in securing employment as well as advancement on any career ladder. Having National Healthcareer Association (NHA) National Certification gives the health care professional the competitive edge he/she needs in the job search market. To employers it separates the serious from the non-serious, and may well be the deciding factor in obtaining a job or promotion.

Upon successful completion you will have the option to register for the: 

National Healthcareer Association (NHA) National Exam for Administrative Assistant for an additional cost of $120 (this fee is not included in the tuition)