Online Class: Careers in Healthcare

Specialization in the medical profession has produced a need for many trained personnel in specific areas, and this course will look at all the careers in Healthcare as a guide for planning an exciting future.

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Course Description

Unlocking the Diverse World of Healthcare Careers: Beyond the Stethoscope

Mention "medicine," and minds most often wander to the imagery of doctors in white coats or compassionate nurses attending to patients. Not too long ago, this picture encapsulated the entirety of the medical field. However, in contemporary times, the healthcare landscape has transformed dramatically, expanding to encompass an array of specialized roles.

Today, medicine is not just about doctors or nurses; it's a vast expanse of diverse professions, each unique, each essential. This metamorphosis has been driven by the explosion of knowledge in the medical domain. With advancements in technology and medical research, the volume of medical knowledge has expanded to such an extent that it's impossible for a single practitioner to master it all.

This explosion in knowledge led to a rise in medical specializations. For instance, where once a general practitioner might treat a range of conditions, today we have cardiologists for heart issues, neurologists for nervous system disorders, and many more. Interestingly, while this trend elevated the number of specialists, it also highlighted a deficit in primary healthcare providers.

But specialization wasn't limited to physicians alone. As the medical field grew, the ecosystem around healthcare expanded. The complex machinery of modern healthcare demanded specialized roles to keep it running smoothly. From the meticulous work of Medical Billers ensuring correct invoicing to the critical role of Patient Advocates ensuring patient rights, many new professions emerged.

Dive into an Ocean of Opportunities with "Careers in Healthcare"

This course, "Careers in Healthcare," is meticulously designed to be your compass, guiding you through the myriad opportunities in the healthcare sector. It serves as an illuminating guide, shedding light on the various career paths awaiting exploration.

  1. Your Future in Healthcare (Lesson 1): Begin your journey by exploring the vast potential and numerous avenues within the healthcare sector.

  2. Medical Secretary (Lesson 2): Dive into the world of medical secretaries, understanding their pivotal role in managing and organizing medical offices.

  3. Medical Records Transcriptionist (Lesson 3): Explore the intricate job of converting voice-recorded reports, dictated by physicians, into text format.

  4. Medical Assistant (Lesson 4): Understand the multifaceted role of medical assistants, who perform both administrative and clinical tasks.

  5. Medical Billers (Lesson 5): Delve into the meticulous world of medical billing, a crucial link between healthcare providers, patients, and insurance companies.

  6. Medical Coder (Lesson 6): Decode the language of medicine into universal medical alphanumeric codes, a crucial process for billing.

  7. Insurance Claims (Lesson 7): Navigate the intricate process of insurance claims, bridging the gap between medical establishments and insurance providers.

  8. Medical Office IT Administration (Lesson 8): Merge healthcare with technology, ensuring smooth IT operations in a medical office.

  9. Health Information Technicians & Medical Records (Lesson 9): Step into the realm of health data, maintaining the quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security of medical records.

  10. Patient Advocates, Collections, Medical Application (Lesson 10): Advocate for patient rights, understand the collections process, and delve into medical applications.

  11. Other Positions in Medical Administration (Lesson 11): A roundup of other significant roles that play a part in the seamless functioning of healthcare establishments.

In summary, "Careers in Healthcare" isn't merely a course; it's a gateway to the dynamic world of healthcare professions. It invites you to explore, understand, and choose a career path that aligns with your passion and skills. The future of healthcare is not just bright; it's diverse, offering a plethora of opportunities. So, gear up to find your niche and make a difference in the ever-evolving world of medicine.

Course Motivation

Take a look at the headlines in most papers or online and you'll see that there is a shortage of healthcare personnel.  In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the healthcare industry is one of the top 10 "bulletproof" fields--and the demand for people to enter the field is only going to increase.

In fact, while just about every other business sector has been seeing a downturn, the individuals involved with the healthcare industry have found their services more and more in demand--which translates into better and better pay rates and benefits!

If you've been thinking that the medical field is restricted to doctors and nurses, you need to rethink your attitude. The fact is that there are dozens of areas of healthcare that are looking for people to fill them – and this course will discuss some of those areas, as well as provide you with an educational guide for Healthcare Career Planning.

You might think that being involved with the medical field is going to take a lot of education, but this course has been designed so that anyone with a basic high school level of education can easily understand and engage themselves with the class.  The material has been specifically created so that no specialized knowledge is required.  You'll be able to sit down at your computer and dive right in.

As for the class requirements, all you need do is come online.  All materials will be provided, so the only thing that you need bring is your willingness to learn and your desire to learn about the job opportunities that are available in the healthcare industry.

If you're wondering what you're specifically going to learn about, here's what you can look forward to:

Lesson 1:  Your Future in Healthcare

Lesson 2:  Medical Secretary

Lesson 3:  Medical Reports Transcriptionist

Lesson 4:  Medical Assistant

Lesson 5:  Medical Billers

Lesson 6:  Medical Coders

Lesson 7:  Insurance Claims

Lesson 8:  Medical Office IT Administration

Lesson 9:  Health Information Technicians and Medical Records

Lesson 10:  Patient Advocates, Collections, and Medical Applications

Lesson 11:  Other Positions in Medical Administration

As you can see, there are plenty of areas that you can explore and gain a better understanding of the job opportunities that are out there.

Here are just some of the benefits of choosing a career in healthcare:

  • You can earn an above average salary and provide valuable services.
  • You can have a career that is both stable and in very high demand.
  • You'll be working in a high tech environment and always have access to the latest information.
  • You can choose from hundreds of career options.
  • You'll be an important part of a medical team.
If you've ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to try a new career but have been waiting to find something that has a solid future, look no further than this course: Careers in Healthcare.
If you've ever dreamed of challenging yourself to be a better and more successful individual, Careers in Healthcare might be just what you've been looking for.
When it comes to career opportunities, there are few available that can match those in the healthcare industry.  As our population ages, the need for medical attention will only grow--and the need for individuals to be a part of the medical community will skyrocket.
Just imagine being able to leave your current job and trade it in for one that is infinitely more exciting and more profitable, while at the same time, you'll be providing valuable services to your community.  Imagine what it will be like to tell people that you're working for a respected doctor or hospital, and the sense of pride that you'll feel at understanding medical terminologies that would leave most people scratching their heads in confusion.
Stop imagining it and start experiencing it!

When you sign up for Careers in Healthcare, you'll be given immediate access.  You won't be standing in line for enrollment, and you won't be forced to change your schedule to fit into your classes.  You'll work at your own pace, and you'll work on your own timetable.

By sitting down and going through this course, you'll be able to discover which areas you are best suited for.  Right now, there has never been a better time to enter the healthcare field--so what are you waiting for?

See you in the doctor's office!

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Your Future in Healthcare

This course is a guide for planning an exciting future in the Healthcare Industry. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment

Lesson 2: Medical Secretary

Over the years, the position of medical secretary has become more and more important within the healthcare industry. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment

Lesson 3: Medical Records Transcriptionist

A vital part of healthcare services today is medical records transcription. Basically, that means taking written, dictated, or recorded patient information and typing it for electronic save and retrieval. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment

Lesson 4: Medical Assistant

Most medical assistants work in the office of a physician, chiropractor, dentist, or other healthcare provider. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Clerical Medical Assistant
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment

Lesson 5: Medical Billers

Handling the billing for a large healthcare system becomes a full time job, taking more time than the medical secretary or other clerical positions can spare. Additional lesson topics: Where do Medical Billers Work?; What is Medical Billing? 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Medical Biller

Lesson 6: Medical Coder

Codes in the medical field are alpha-numeric identifications of illnesses and diseases, treatments, medications, and other medical information collected in the diagnosis and treatment of a patient. Additional lesson topics: Medical Coders 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Medical Coder
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment

Lesson 7: Insurance Claims

The handling of insurance claims has become a major factor in the smooth operation of all healthcare facilities. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment

Lesson 8: Medical Office IT Administration

Information Technology (IT) has become the life blood of business and is no less an important factor in the medical field. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video

Lesson 9: Health Information Technicians & Medical Records

Health Information Technicians may also specialize in medical billing and medical coding, which were covered in previous lessons. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment

Lesson 10: Patient Advocates, Collections, Medical Application

The variety of healthcare related careers has mushroomed in the past two decades. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video

Lesson 11: Other Positions in Medical Administration

Career opportunities continue to expand as the healthcare systems grow at a substantial rate. The field is broad and it takes time to examine all possibilities before making career choices or career changes. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the future of the healthcare industry.
  • Summarize the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Secretary.
  • Summarize the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Records Transcriptionist
  • Summarize the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Assistant.
  • Summarize the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Biller, the Medical Coder, and Insurance Claims.
  • Summarize the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Office IT Personnel.
  • Summarize the role, job duties, and responsibilities of Patient Advocates, Collections, and Medical Applications.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Careers in Healthcare
Course Number: 7550366
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (1,902 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I appreciate the offering of this course. It was just what I wanted, a better explanation of the types of jobs available in healthcare and the path needed to get there." -- Michelle A.
  • "Great insight to careers available in the healthcare industry, such a pity I didn't find them sooner." -- Caroline G.
  • "I thought the instuctor did a fine job relaying the information in each course. Also finding out how I did at the end of each class was sent to me in a very timely manner." -- Janette N.
  • "As I had stated, this was my 5th course with Diana Wilson and I have just signed up for another course and it just happens to be Diana Wilson. It is such a pleasure to be one of her students. I have taken a lot of info and ran with it. She is very fair." -- Rosemary P.
  • "Great overview of the roles available in Healthcare." -- Deborah C.
  • "Insightful course. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the medical field." -- Kim M.
  • "I think this instructor is great ! Very helpful and willing to answer my questions." -- Lisa G.
  • "I enjoyed taking the class. I have already enrolled in another class. Anatomy and Physiology." -- Laura S.
  • "I loved it and it was very interesting." -- Shannon H.
  • "Great Course, thanks!" -- Jose R.