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Training for Medical Administration

Cristina Anzellotti - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chances are you landed on this page because you interested in knowing what training for medical administration is all about or have some idea and want to know how to proceed. 

Okay let’s start of by being honest. Doctors at the best of times can be difficult to understand with all the medical terminology that gets thrown around. Maybe there should be job titles like, “doctor translator” or “doctor interpreter” and we could hire one to de brief us after a consultation. 

Medical administrator traineeWell the term medical administrator can also be quite confusing as to what it actually means. The actual job roles of a medical administrator are quite broad and generally you would pick a certain area to specialize in when training. Courses will not cover all aspects and you will have to complete a few to be a real specialist in the field. 

These are some of the courses that you would be doing in relation to the broader, “medical administrator” job title:


Now let’s look at each one individually in a bit more detail... 

Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical) 

Although there are no entry level requirements for this position preferred pathways into this are; a BSB20107 Certificate II in Business or some other qualifications that are relevant and having vocational experience where you would have previously assisted in a variety of support roles. 

These are some of the job roles that you can expect to do with this particular medical administrator qualification: Medical Receptionist

  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Secretary 
  • Admissions clerk 
  • Administration Assistant
  • Clerical Worker
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Information Desk Clerk
  • Office Junior Receptionist. 


Certificate III in Health Administration

This qualification is for assistants that are able to complete a large variety of different administrative tasks with direct supervised or indirect supervised. On completion of this qualification you will be able to work in different places like health centres, community hospitals as well as private practices. 

These are some of the job roles that you can expect to do with this particular medical administrator qualification: Admissions clerk

  • Clinical coding clerk
  • Administrative worker 
  • Ward clerk 


Certificate IV in Health Administration 

This qualification is for assistants that will be responsible for various administration tasks within the health service industry and you will be required to be able to work independently or as a member of the senior staff in administration. 

These are some of the job roles that you can expect to do with this particular medical administrator qualification: Administration supervisor

  • Practice manager
  • Senior clerk 
  • Executive assistant
  • Medical records section leader 
  • Senior clinical coder 
  • Team leader for clinical services
  • Business manager