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Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Receptionist

Medical assistants are multi-skilled practitioners who perform a wide range of roles in physicians’ offices and other health care settings performing both administrative and clinical duties.

Medical Billing and Coding specialists learn various foundation courses for healthcare professionals, as well as specialized courses for insurance billing and coding.

Medical Receptionist students learn to greet patients and other visitors, make appointments and verify insurance information, use electronic methods to maintain patient records, answer phones and take accurate messages. They will learn to utilize medical terminology and be aware of the implications of federal and state legal guidelines as they apply to ambulatory healthcare settings.


DEGREES & CERTIFICATES


Associate in Applied Science—Transfer


Certificate of Specialization
Certificate of Completion
Transfer/Articulation Program
  • The Evergreen State College

“The Olympic College Medical Assisting Certificate of Specialization is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).”
 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org



OUTCOMES

For Students who may wish to pursue one of these three careers:

Medical Assisting

  • All front office and administrative duties.
  • Take vital signs.
  • Administer injections, venipunctures.
  • Perform diagnostic tests like EKGs.

Medical Receptionist

  • All front office and administrative duties.
  • Manage reception area, set appointments.
  • Manage financial records and patient charts.

Medical Billing and Coding

  • Assign codes to procedures and diagnoses for optimum reimbursement.
  • Apply billing and coding principles to optimize reimbursement.
  • Research and explain insurance coverage to patients and their families; manage patient accounts for billing.
  • Handle all components of claims processing; prepare claims for submission to insurance companies.

CAREER OPTIONS

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MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT

  • Olympic College’s Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Transcript verification will commonly be required for credentialing and employment.
  • Requirements to become a Medical Assistant-Certified (MA-C): Students who successfully complete our program AND successfully pass one of the exams specified by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) are qualified to be Medical Assistants-Certified in Washington State. An application (with the appropriate fee) must be submitted through the DOH. More information may be found at their website: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MedicalAssistant.aspx
  • Students in the Medical Assisting Program will be required to show proof of medical insurance and to purchase malpractice and liability insurance before starting the practicum experience.
  • Students in the Medical Receptionist and the Medical Billing and Coding program will be required to be current on specific vaccinations and to purchase malpractice insurance before starting the externship experience.
  • Students in the Medical Receptionist and the Medical Billing and Coding program are not required to have medical insurance during the externship experience. However, it is highly recommended. The cost for care for any injuries that occur while at Olympic College or at any clinical site is the sole responsibility of the student.
  • Students in the Medical Receptionist program are required to be certified in CPR. The certification must be current during the time of externship. The Healthcare Provider level CPR is recommended, but is not required.
  • All students in the Medical Assisting, Medical Receptionist and Medical Billing and Coding program will be required to complete a background check following the program’s requirements at his/her own expense.
  • Information regarding the different categories, the application process, current fees, and future requirements regarding certification for Medical Assistants should be reviewed at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website. http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/
    MedicalAssistant/Fees.aspx
  • Renewal, payment of fees, and continuing education requirements in post-education training and advancement needs for Medical Assistants should be checked before certification expiration through the DOH website. http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/
    HealthcareProfessionalCredentialingRequirement.aspx


ADVISORS:

Connie Lieseke
Phone: 360.475.7741
Email: clieseke@olympic.edu

Barbara Parker
Phone: 360.475.7679
Email: bparker@olympic.edu

MEDA Office
Phone: 360.475.7723



Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"