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Sti19 in Springfield, Massachusetts

69 months ago

Ever since I was little I always loved pretending to be a medical secretary. I would like to now pursue that as a career, but the only programs my local CC has are Medical Assisting Associate, Coding and Billing Associate or Medical Office Information Technology. The Medical Office Info. Tech. will not get me jobs because there are no certifications, they just teach office skills and I don't feel it would prepare me well. As for Coding and Billing, I don't want to deal JUST with Coding and Billing, but also more office managerial tasks such as scheduling, organizing files, etc., etc.

I feel the Medical Assisting program will prepare me the best. My issue though is I would like to do mostly administrative. I could handle some clinical, but I would really love to be just a secretary.

Is it nuts to enter the Medical Assisting program if I just want to be a secretary? I would like to work in OBGYN specifically, and the CC program has great externship opportunities for all specialties. The certificate program focuses mainly on clinical work, but the 2nd year Associate teaches more office management skills, more extensive coding training, etc. I wouldn't mind basic clinical (escorting patient, taking vitals, etc.) but I want the majority of my work to be administrative.

Thanks, I appreciate the responses :)

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