It’s hard to imagine how a hospital or clinic could run without skilled medical office administrators (MOAs).
Whether they’re working behind-the-scenes as medical transcriptionists, or right up front at clinic reception—MOAs bring order and stability to our health care system.
They put anxious patients at ease and help doctors stay on schedule. They prepare medical documents and keep patient records up-to-date.
MOAs help “connect the dots” between patients, nurses, doctors, and specialists. That’s why good MOAs are always in demand.
Considering this career and wondering about employment options? In this post, we break down three very common medical office administration jobs and salaries.
These are the jobs our own Medical Office graduates are often hired to fill. Compare positions, responsibilities, required skills, and pay.
Learn what it takes to become an MOA, and exactly how to get started.
Medical Office Job #1: Medical Office Assistant
Medical Office Assistants perform a wide range of administrative duties. From booking appointments to managing inventory, skilled Assistants are valuable members of the health office team.
They work at hospitals, health centres, and all types of clinics and doctor’s offices. Typical responsibilities for Medical Office Assistants include:
☑️ Greeting patients
☑️ Answering phones
☑️ Scheduling and confirming appointments
☑️ Maintaining the doctor’s schedule
☑️ Updating patient medical records
☑️ Handling correspondence between family physicians, specialists and patients
☑️ Entering data into Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
☑️ Processing billing and insurance
☑️ Sterilizing equipment
☑️ Managing inventory and stocking medical rooms
Key skills: Many Medical Office Assistant jobs require experience with clinic software, such as Abel Med and Abel Dent. Employers are also looking for detail-oriented, responsible applicants who can work well under pressure.
Salary: The median wage for Medical Office Assistants in Ottawa is approximately $17/hour. The highest paid Medical Office Assistants make about $25/hour. (Source: Government of Canada Job Bank)
Medical Office Job #2: Clinic Receptionist
A Clinic Receptionist runs the front desk of a health office. They are the “face” of the clinic, responsible for providing excellent customer service while completing routine clerical tasks.
Clinic receptionists are hired by chiropractors, dentists, physiotherapists, doctors and other healthcare practitioners.
Typical responsibilities in this role include:
☑️ Greeting clinic visitors
☑️ Scheduling appointments
☑️ Sorting and sending mail
☑️ Answering and routing phone calls
☑️ Submitting insurance claims
☑️ Processing payments
☑️ Purchasing office supplies
☑️ Taking minutes for staff meetings
☑️ Keeping files and charts organized
☑️ Keeping the clinic waiting room tidy
Key Skills. Strong communication skills are essential for this role. Employers want clinic receptionists who are friendly, welcoming, patient, and professional.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications is usually required. Applicants who can use clinic scheduling and billing software will have a competitive edge.
Salary: The median wage for Clinic Receptionists in Ottawa is approximately $17/hour. The highest paid Receptionists make about $25/hour. (Source: Government of Canada Job Bank)
Medical Office Job #3: Medical Transcriptionist
Medical Transcriptionists listen to voice recordings made by physicians and other healthcare professionals, and transcribe them into written reports.
These recordings may include notes from emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. The Transcriptionist prepares the document and then submits it to the physician for review and approval.
Medical Transcriptionists usually work at hospitals and doctor's offices.
Typical responsibilities for this role include:
☑️ Working with transcription technology, such as speech recognition equipment, word processing, and computer software
☑️ Transcribing medical reports, summaries, office visit notes and other medical documents from recorded messages
☑️ Proofreading documents for correct spelling, grammar, and proper use of medical terminology
☑️ Performing administrative duties such as retrieval of requisitions and distribution of transcribed reports
Key Skills: Employers look for transcriptionists with a minimum typing speed of 60 words per minute (wpm).
You also need attention to detail, a good understanding of medical terminology and abbreviations, and experience using dictation and transcription software.
Salary: The median wage for Medical Transcriptionists in Ontario is approximately $24/hour. The highest paid Transcriptionists make about $27/hour. (Source: Government of Canada Job Bank)
Medical Office Administration Training Requirements
Most healthcare employers prefer to hire Medical Office Assistants, Receptionists, and Transcriptionists with college diplomas/certificates.
Clinics and hospitals look for applicants who have completed Medical Office Administration training, with a strong focus on medical scheduling and billing software.
Quality diploma and certificate programs include courses in transcription, electronic records management, reception skills, health office software, billing, and medical terminology.
Most programs include an internship at a clinic or hospital, so students can gain real work experience prior to graduation.
At Herzing College, our Medical Office Administration program runs for 7 months and includes a 4-week internship. Our graduates are hired by hospitals, clinics and healthcare organizations throughout Ottawa.
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