“If you want to get into a career that’s medical related, this would be a good program for you,” said Marilind Roff, SC4 professor of office administration.
Positions include front-office medical assistants, medical records technicians, medical transcriptionists and medical billers in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals and other settings.
“It’s in demand, and it’s only going to get more popular,” Roff said, thanks to an aging U.S. population.
“The education offered with SC4’s degree is all-encompassing, Roff said, because it blends office skills with medical knowledge. Students will learn topics ranging from word processing to medical terminology.
“They can keep up with the doctor,” Roff said.
She said SC4 administrative medical assistant graduates are in demand because of their range of knowledge, including medical billing.
SC4 alumna Michelle Leideker agrees with Roff. She graduated in May from the administrative medical assistant program and is employed as an account clerk for the St. Clair County Health Department.
“Leideker said her degree has prepared her well for the job. “It’s challenging. I love to be busy, and this is a hot seat,” she said.
Leideker gets fulfillment from the job not just because it is challenging, but because she’s able to have a part in patient care.
“I’m proud to be part of public health,” she said.
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SC4 alumna Michelle Leideker handles purchasing needs and other responsibilities at the St. Clair County Health Department.
The administrative medical assistant program leads to jobs in doctors’ and dentists’ offices, hospital records and administrative offices, clinics, nursing homes, insurance offices, pharmaceutical firms and many allied areas, including health organizations.