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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Secretary Certificate

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Academy of Health Professions

Lowell Campus Evening and Weekends

Program Description:

MCC’s Medical Secretary Certificate program is designed as a continuation for students who have completed the Medical Receptionist Certificate program. The Medical Secretary Certificate program consists of 18 college credits, including both academic and career courses. It builds additional skills related to front office skills in a medical or dental office, including correspondence and mail, medical transcription, medical insurance and coding, arranging physician travel, scheduling surgeries, inventory management and payroll.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Medical secretaries usually obtain employment in physician’s offices, clinics or hospitals. They may also work in laboratories, insurance companies and nursing homes. Hours are usually day or evening, and may include weekends.

Graduates of the Medical Secretary Certificate program are qualified for entry-level employment as secretaries in a variety of health care locations. Students may find career opportunities in long-term care facilities, hospitals or clinics, or group or individual physician’s offices.  Graduates of this program’s coursework will be able to move up the career ladder by taking additional college-level courses and meet requirements for other certificates or associate degrees in a health career.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Medical Secretary Certificate program are prepared to:

  • Provide optimal, professional services expected by patients and employers while performing required administrative duties as they apply to health care applications;
  • Prepare and manage records according to health care standards; perform diagnosis- and procedure-coding accurately and properly;
  • Demonstrate professional workplace habits, including punctuality, attitudes and behaviors excepted of the medical administrative secretary profession.

Program Specifics:

  • All classes and labs are held during evening and/or weekend hours at at MCC’s Health, Science & Technology Center, located on Middle Street on the Lowell campus.
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of textbooks and scrubs; white sneakers will serve as part of their professional attire during externship locations.
  • Transportation to and from externships sites is NOT provided 

Standard/Technical Skills Notice:

To view the list of standard and specific skills required to perform duties in the Academy of Health Professions, visit the Middlesex Community College website (www.middlesex.mass.edu/programs) or the Student Information Centers. These skills are not conditions for admission to MCC programs, but do indicate abilities and characteristics necessary for the successful completion of college Health programs, and to perform the duties of the career upon graduation.




Total Credits: 18


Admission Information

Admission Prerequisites:  Current Reading Score of 75 on the College Placement Test, Completion of Essential Skills for the Health Professional (AHP 100) with a C- or better and Basic Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 105) with a C or better.  In addition, students must have successfully completed the Academy of Health Professions Level I OR have current experience in a health field OR have permission of the program coordinator.


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