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Mallow College of Further Education

Mallow College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2468
QQI Award Code 5M2468 Business Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one-year full-time course is designed to meet the needs of those seeking administrative and front office roles as medical secretaries in the public or private sector. Students will gain essential knowledge and skills for work in these healthcare settings. Medical Secretaries need excellent communication skills in helping doctors to help their patients. They are usually responsible for scheduling appointments, billing patients, compiling medical charts and reports and handling correspondence. They may also assist doctors with writing reports, arrange for patient hospitalisation, bill insurance companies and order supplies.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Terminology 5N2428
Text Production 5N1422
Word Processing 5N1358
Database Methods 5N0783
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Audio Transcription 5N1549
Reception Skills
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
BBSAX 5M2468

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Wages / Payroll Clerk   Clerical Assistant  
Payroll Manager   Personal Assistant  
Office Receptionist   Freight Forwarder / Clerk  
Secretary   Office Administrator  
Bookkeeper / Financial Administrator   Bi-lingual / Multi-lingual Secretary  
Archivist   Front Office Junior Manager  
Letting Agent / Landlord   Wedding Planner  
Medical Records Clerk   Emergency Medical Dispatcher  
Emergency Medical Call Taker - EMCT   Medical Secretary  
Manager - Hospital / Healthcare   Optician  
Hair & Scalp Specialist   Optometrist  
Neurologist   Immunologist  
Herbalist   Naturopath  
Phlebotomist   Ophthalmologist  
Audiologist   Embryologist  
Orthoptist   Doctor / GP  
Psychiatrist   Pharmacist  
Podiatrist / Chiropodist   Obstetrician / Gynaecologist  
Embalmer   Radiographer - Therapeutic  
Health and Safety Inspector   Radiographer - Diagnostic  
Nurse Prescriber   Nurse Practitioner - Advanced  
Public Health Nurse   Lactation Consultant  
Physical Therapist   Nurse Tutor  
Respiratory Technician   Vision Rehabilitation Therapist  
Children's Nurse    Nurses Aid / Healthcare Assistant  
Spinologist   Physiotherapist  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Intellectual Disability Nurse   
General Nurse (RGN)   Nurse Midwife  
Acupuncturist   Dental Nurse / Surgery Assistant  
Dental Hygienist   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
Theatre / Perioperative Nurse   Chiropractor  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Speech & Language Therapist  
Health Educator / Promotion Officer   Aromatherapist  
Sports Scientist    Physiotherapist - Sports   
Dispensing Optician   Medical Sales Representative   
Firefighter   Clinical Psychologist  
Occupational Therapist   Psychotherapist  
Social Worker    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Medical & Healthcare
Clerical & Administration
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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