Description - Riverland

Medical Administrative Assistant

Would you like to help a medical facility operate smoothly?

The Riverland Medical Secretary diploma program combines interest in the medical field with clerical skills. This program is designed to prepare students for responsibilities such as providing administrative support to keep health organizations running smoothly.

You will learn medical terminology in order to transcribe digital dictation, prepare correspondence, maintain medical records and charts, assist physicians and/or medical scientists with reports, speeches and articles. You will also receive training related to hospital, clinical and laboratory data reporting. Your duties will include tasks that make the day-to-day operations of a medical facility and its team run smoothly. 

This Laptop Advantage program provides hands-on training with computer equipment and software you are likely to use in the workplace. Medical secretaries must sustain a consistent level of interest and dedication because their work directly relates to their clients well-being.

Typical Work Tasks


People who work in this career often:

  • Maintain medical records.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.


    You will enhance your employment and career opportunities by gaining familiarity with the software you are likely to use in the workplace and preparation of medical reports. You will gain skill enhancement in the use of medical terminology, in the use of computers and technical proficiency for administrative tasks and medical transcription, in the management of multiple tasks, in oral and written communications, and through increased awareness of ethical behaviors, such as confidentiality and compassion at the workplace

    Business and Office Technology Mission Statement

    The Business and Office Technology Department serves its students and communities in alignment with Riverland's mission by offering current office skills training while teaching the importance of lifelong learning and social responsibility. We strive to meet the needs of our communities through open communication with our students and advisory committees and by offering a supportive environment that provides accessibility to state-of-the-art technology while students acquire the technical, general education, and personal skills training that employers require.

    Employment Outlook

    Graduates are in demand and will find a variety of job options including work in private clinics, group practices, hospitals, nursing homes, therapy centers, research institutions, public health institutions and insurance companies. Note that some employers offer tuition reimbursement programs.

    Where do Medical Secretaries most often work?

    In Minnesota, there are 2,260 workers employed in this career.

    Last Updated: February 7, 2018

        Quick Facts
    • Diploma
    • 34 Credits | Two Semesters
    • Location: Albert Lea, Online Course(s)
    • Offering: Fall, Spring

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