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Working As A Medication Coordinator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $33,040

    Average Salary

What Does A Medication Coordinator Do

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

Duties

Secretaries and administrative assistants typically do the following:

  • Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls
  • Schedule appointments and update event calendars
  • Arrange staff meetings
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Prepare memos, invoices, or other reports
  • Edit documents
  • Maintain databases and filing systems, whether electronic or paper
  • Perform basic bookkeeping

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties that are necessary to run an organization efficiently. They use computer software to create spreadsheets; manage databases; and prepare presentations, reports, and documents. They also may negotiate with vendors, buy supplies, and manage stockrooms or corporate libraries. Secretaries and administrative assistants also use videoconferencing, fax, and other office equipment. Specific job duties vary by experience, job title, and specialty.

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants provide high-level administrative support for an office and for top executives of an organization. They often handle more complex responsibilities, such as reviewing incoming documents, conducting research, and preparing reports. Some also supervise clerical staff.

Legal secretaries perform work requiring knowledge of legal terminology and procedures. They prepare legal documents, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas under the supervision of an attorney or a paralegal. They also review legal journals and help with legal research—for example, by verifying quotes and citations in legal briefs.

Medical secretaries transcribe dictation and prepare reports or articles for physicians or medical scientists. They also take simple medical histories of patients, arrange for patients to be hospitalized, or process insurance payments. Medical secretaries need to be familiar with medical terminology and codes, medical records, and hospital or laboratory procedures.

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is the largest subcategory of secretaries and administrative assistants. They handle an office’s administrative activities in almost every sector of the economy, including schools, government, and private corporations. For example, secretaries in schools are often responsible for handling most of the communications among parents, students, the community, teachers, and school administrators. They schedule appointments, receive visitors, and keep track of students’ records.

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How To Become A Medication Coordinator

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets, usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.

Education

High school graduates can take courses in word processing and office procedures at technical schools or community colleges. Some temporary placement agencies also provide training in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Some medical and legal secretaries learn industry-specific terminology and practices by attending courses offered at community colleges or technical schools. For executive secretary positions, employers increasingly prefer to hire those who have taken some college courses or have a bachelor’s degree.

Training

Secretaries and administrative assistants typically learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. During this time they learn about administrative procedures, including how to prepare documents. Medical and legal secretaries’ training may last several months as they learn industry-specific terminology and practices.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Executive secretaries can gain experience by working in administrative positions that have less challenging responsibilities. Many secretaries and administrative assistants advance to higher level administrative positions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate competency to employers.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals offers the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of administrative work experience, depending on their level of education, and pass an examination.

Legal secretaries have several certification options. For example, those with 1 year of general office experience, or who have completed an approved training course, can acquire the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification through a testing process administered by NALS (previously known as National Association of Legal Secretaries). NALS also offers the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification, considered to be an advanced certification for legal support professionals.

The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification is conferred by Legal Secretaries International in areas such as intellectual property, criminal law, civil litigation, probate, and business law. Candidates typically need to have 5 years of legal experience and pass an examination to become certified.

Advancement

Secretaries and administrative assistants generally advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as office supervisor, office manager, or executive secretary.

With additional training, many legal secretaries become paralegals or legal assistants.

Important Qualities

Integrity. Many secretaries and administrative assistants are trusted to handle sensitive information. For example, medical secretaries collect patient data that is required, by law, to be kept confidential in order to protect patient privacy.

Interpersonal skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants interact with clients, customers, or staff. They should communicate effectively and be courteous when interacting with others to create a positive work environment and client experience.

Organizational skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants keep files, folders, and schedules in proper order so an office can run efficiently.

Writing skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants write memos and emails when communicating with managers, employees, and customers. Therefore, they must have good grammar, ensure accuracy, and maintain a professional tone.

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Medication Coordinator Career Paths

Medication Coordinator
Administrative Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Office Manager Accountant
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Account Manager Billing Specialist
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Records Clerk Unit Secretary Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Director Chief Executive Officer Adjunct Professor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Patient Care Technician Medical Assistant
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Staff Nurse Instructor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Director Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Social Worker Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Coordinator
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Administrative Coordinator Project Coordinator Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Unit Coordinator 3.4 years
Nurse Coordinator 3.4 years
Team Coordinator 3.0 years
Coordinator 2.6 years
Career Coordinator 2.4 years
Intake Coordinator 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.1%
Cashier 3.1%
Top Employers After
Nurse 4.0%
Manager 3.8%

Medication Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

76.4%

Male

21.2%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

76.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.3%

French

11.3%

Arabic

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Amharic

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Somali

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

German

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Dari

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Polish

0.9%
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Medication Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

Texas State University

6.0%

Kaplan University

6.0%

Capella University

6.0%

Ashford University

5.2%

Miami Dade College

5.2%

Grand Canyon University

5.2%

New York University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

Eastern Michigan University

4.5%

Florida International University

4.5%

Baker College

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Henry Ford College

3.7%

Monroe College

3.7%

Kean University

3.7%

Nassau Community College

3.7%

University of Florida

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

University of New Mexico

3.7%
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Majors

Nursing

20.6%

Business

15.9%

Health Care Administration

8.1%

Psychology

7.8%

Medical Assisting Services

7.5%

Pharmacy

3.6%

Public Health

3.5%

Social Work

3.5%

Medicine

3.3%

Management

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Education

2.8%

Medical Technician

2.8%

Nursing Assistants

2.4%

Human Services

2.4%

Elementary Education

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Athletic Training

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Communication

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.1%

Other

26.5%

Masters

17.9%

Associate

11.8%

Certificate

6.9%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

2.5%

License

1.2%
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Real Medication Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Coordinator-Middle East Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Apr 01, 2015 $126,443
Medical Coordinator-Middle East Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Mar 02, 2015 $118,477
Quality Medical Coordinator Wexler Surgical Houston, TX Nov 12, 2009 $83,000
Medical Health Coordinator OME Care Link Health Services, Inc. Cerritos, CA Aug 01, 2012 $60,982
Medical Health Coordinator Home Care Link Health Services, Inc. Cerritos, CA Aug 01, 2012 $60,982
Medical Health Coordinator Alderwood Manor Convalescent Hospital Inc. San Gabriel, CA Feb 14, 2012 $60,982
Medical Coordinator Golden Age Home Health Care Inc. Oak Park, MI Oct 01, 2009 $57,000

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Top Skills for A Medication Coordinator

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Top Medication Coordinator Skills

  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Medical Providers
  3. Medical Records
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed all pre-certification and authorization for surgical procedures and ER.
  • Provide group presentations; establish working relationships with diverse medical providers; participate in county emergency drills.
  • Obtain insurance authorization and verification for benefits, maintain medical records and files.
  • Correspond with Doctors, Residential R.N, Psychologist, Directors & Pharmacy.
  • Provided transportation for resident medical appointments.

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