Medical Receptionist or Medical Administrative Assistant?
What is the difference between a Medical Receptionist and Medical Administrative Assistant? I'm going to college soon and Medical Receptionist is a certificate program and Medical Administrative Assistant is a degree program. Both programs have pretty much the same courses so I thought why waste my time going for a degree if I can get a certificate in Medical Receptionist. Is there a difference between the two and a difference in the salary? Thanks
Asked By: FM - 7/10/2008
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Medical Receptionist course is ideal for students wanting to gain employment in private doctors' rooms (GP or Specialist), the hospital sector or allied health professions., and it is a certificate course .The Medical Receptionist is responsible for performing all secretarial and administrative duties in the clinic. In... More
Answered By: V.T.V.RAM - 7/12/2008
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A Medical Assistant is much more involved with the Patients, Dr. A medical assistant will be trained in things like taking vital signs, drawing blood, medical records. My sister is an MA and serves as the office manager as well as the Dr.s assistant. She calls in his prescriptions to the pharmacy, takes vitals etc... More
Answered By: Shash3 - 7/10/2008
I have been both and both jobs consist of the same job descriptions. Just depends on the company you work for. MAA might make more because it has a fancier title, but they are pretty close in pay.
Answered By: HZLee - 7/10/2008
Your main word you need to look at is "Administration." As a receptionist, you'll be answering phones, filing, setting appointments, etc. As an admin assistant you'll be doing more of a helping the administration (doctors, nurses) out with things they just don't have time for. You'll be keeping their calendars... More
Answered By: Melissa - 7/10/2008
I agree with Heaven Lee, I am a Senior Medical Secretary and a Medical Administrative Assistant usually works directly for a physician and she/he may do a variety of things such as schedule appointments for the Dr. to see other Dr.'s, book his/her planes, a lot of Admin duties and a Medical Receptionist usually works... More
Answered By: PrettyPrego - 7/11/2008
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