Patient Access Specialist

Train online to become a Patient Access Specialist and gain industry-recognized certification.Patient Access Specialist speaking to older male patient at hospital entry desk

Do you enjoy helping people, and believe working in a clinic or hospital setting would be rewarding?

Are you detail-oriented, committed to accuracy and thoroughness?

Are you motivated to excel in customer satisfaction, no matter how ill or anxious your patient may be?

The Job

As a Patient Access Specialist, you will:

  • Maintain patient safety by using proper patient identification practices
  • Keeping the hospital compliant with many regulatory agencies
  • Deliver outstanding customer service
  • Ensure proper medical billing and insurance claim submissions

Begin your career as a Patient Access Specialist, where you will have immense potential for career advancement. The Oregon State Labor Market reports that in 2014, Patient Access Specialists were paid between $12 – $25 per hour, with an average wage of $16 an hour.

This is one of the most important and concentrated positions in healthcare, encompassing many different roles and responsibilities within a hospital setting.

Enroll in the Patient Access Specialist program to gain the skills and know-how to pass the Certified Healthcare Admissions Associate (CHAA) exam.

What to Expect

The Institute for Health Professionals’ Patient Access Specialist program consists of 3 online, instructor-facilitated courses that will prepare you to pass the Certified Healthcare Admissions Associate (CHAA) exam. You can complete the program in 2–3 terms. Students must take Patient Access I and Patient Access Specialist II in sequence.

  • Medical Terminology Online
  • Patient Access Specialist I
  • Patient Access Specialist II

You will gain a basic understanding of:

  • Accurate patient identification practices
  • Standards for patient safety
  • Customer service skills
  • Regulations for accountable care and patient satisfaction
  • Health insurance information
  • Health care reform
  • Medical billing and claim submission processes

After completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and understand medical terminology in order to comprehend and analyze medical reports for coding and billing
  • Accurately record patient demographics, insurance and billing information
  • Understand Revenue Cycle flow from the front, middle and back end functions, as well as various requirements of major insurance carriers
  • Provide excellent customer service, with an understanding of age-appropriate communication, how to address disputes, cope with challenging individuals, and deal with difficult situations
  • Understand health insurance rules and regulations, and how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects service standards

Who is the Patient Access Specialist program for?

If you are new to the healthcare industry, seeking an entry-level, front-line registration position within a hospital setting, this program may be for you.

The Investment

Time:

  • 2–3 terms and 3 online courses, 20 weeks

Tuition: $1,647 total, excluding books

  • Medical Terminology Online – $249, excluding book
  • Patient Access I & II: $1,398, excluding books

Upcoming Schedule for Patient Access Specialist

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Find the CRN of your course from the class schedule. Then, register:

  • Online: If this is your first time taking a class at PCC, create an account. If you are a returning student, log on to MyPCC and click “Register for classes,” found in your Term-to-Term Checklist, under “Register”.
  • Phone: Call 971-722-8888, option 2.

Need help? Get detailed information on how to register and how to pay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use federal financial aid?

No, federal financial aid does not apply to non-credit courses. Students are required to pay, in full, once they are notified of their acceptance into the program.

Is there a clinical or internship available?

We are currently working on externships for our students. More details to come.

How long does this course take to complete?

This course can be completed in 2 terms.

In addition to Patient Access Specialist I and II, students must also complete the Institute for Health Professionals’ Medical Terminology course. All courses are delivered in a live online, real-time lecture model for instructor-student interaction, along with office hours for additional support. Medical Terminology is predominantly a self-study model with instructor feedback and coaching during office hours.

Do I have to buy my books through the PCC bookstore?

No, these books are not sold at the PCC bookstore. You can purchase the books online and are encouraged to shop around for the best price.

Will this prepare me for a national certification exam?

Yes. After completing this program, students will have the skills and knowledge required to sit for the Certified Healthcare Admissions Associate (CHAA) exam. Certifying body for the Patient Access Certification is the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM).

Questions?

For more information, please email Bem Hanamoto.