Associate’s Degrees in Medical Office Management

While doctors are charged with providing the direct care patients need, it’s often auxiliary personnel – medical assistants of medical records specialists – who work with patient records and other medical documents; these medical office management personnel ensure that records are efficiently kept in accordance to all legal and ethical guidelines.

What is this degree/subject matter about?

Medical office management personnel – namely medical assistants or medical records specialists – are often charged with being jacks (or janes) of all trades. They are expected not only to have a working knowledge of the clinical – or medical – aspects of their field, but also must often be organized, possess strong communication skills, and pay attention to detail when handling patient and office needs. An associate’s degree in medical office management will foster these skills and build opportunities for entry-level positions in the medical field.

What does it take to earn this degree, and what will it result in?

Tiered coursework in communication, math, health science, medical insurance and billing, coding, accounting, and office applications are the standard of any such degree, including variations like an associate of applied science in medical office management. Such a program – regularly two years in length – will enhance opportunities for positions as administrative medical assistants in a field that is expected to grow by upwards of 37 percent through 2018 (BLS.gov).

Online Associate’s Medical Office Management Degrees

Online Medical Lab Tech Degrees

For those looking to become a medical laboratory technician, a minimum of a two-year associate's degree in health science or a closely related healthcare subject is usually required to gain an entry-level position in the field. For those looking for more advancement, a bachelor's degree is recommended. There are numerous accredited online schools that offer such degrees, listed below.

Kaplan University — One of the biggest online schools in the nation, Kaplan University provides many online degrees to help you begin a Medical Lab Technician career. While the degrees build a foundation in healthcare that carries throughout your career, more training may be required for your desired position. Kaplan's programs include associate degrees in medical assisting, medical transcription, human services, and health information technology.

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