What is Medical Administration?

Learn more about medical administration certificate programs and career paths through the latest installment of the "What Should I Do With My Life" video blog series. This video features the Director of the School of Health Sciences at Rasmussen College, who will walk through what to expect as a medical administration student and in-field practitioner.



Allie: Hi. I'm Allie Gray Freeland. And I am the host of Rasmussen College's newest series, What Should I Do with my Life? So in this series, we'll talk about key career and educational paths in health sciences. So today I'm here with Lorrie Laurin, who is the director of the School of Health Sciences. All right. So let's get down to basics. What exactly is medical administration?

Well, easy to be confused about what is medical administration. What that really entails is really the inner workings, the foundation, of what all of healthcare is built on. So people who work in medical administration really are the network in which everything else builds on. So they are the people who are scheduling, who greet, who work with billing, who make sure a patient's file is correct, help establish those. They could work with electronic medical records.

So everything that's done on that administrative side. So not in actual direct patient care, but on the administrative side of keeping the wheels of healthcare going. That's really what someone in that career area is going to be involved with.

OK. All right. Can you describe for us the growth in medical administrative job opportunities?

Well I think the thing we need to recognize is the healthcare industry is growing. The job opportunities in almost all areas of healthcare are growing at a rate that surpasses most other industries, if not all.

The interesting thing about the career opportunities for a medical administration graduate is that because of the diversity, they get to take into the growth in so many different areas. So we all know that there's a lot of growth in for instance, medical coding. They have a full suite of the coding courses that they would need to go out, and they could work as a coder. There's growth in, for instance, just the need for administrative assistants with the skill set to work in healthcare-- tremendous growth in that so that they can go and work in that career opportunity if they would choose. So it's difficult to pinpoint the growth for that career--


Because of the diversity of the career. But in general tremendous growth in healthcare right now. So it's a great opportunity for anyone who has an interest in those front office skills, that administrative skill. It's a great industry to go into. And so it's a specific skill set for the industry. But if it's something you like doing, if you love that kind of detail. you love that type of work experience, it's a great industry to focus on.

That's great. Yeah. Thank you for sharing that.

So I think, Lorrie, that just about wraps up our series today about the career and educational opportunities for medical administration. So thank you again for being here.

Thanks for having me.

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