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If organisation comes easily to you, a career as a medical secretary could be right for you. Using your keen eye for detail and your amiable personality, you could be the first point of reference for patients in a hospital, doctors’ surgery or other medical setting.

Take your professional development to the next level with our medical secretary course. Our convenient online learning programme provides you with the opportunity to learn from industry experts and successful medical secretaries, helping you to unlock a career in this vital profession.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our medical secretary courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Medical Terminology
    • Medical definitions, prefixes and glossary
    • Abbreviations and acronyms
    • Using medical terminology
    • Human systems and anatomical divisions
    • Pharmacology
    2Maintain Patient Records
    • Monitor and review
    • Accessing records
    • Maintenance of records
    3Prepare and Process Medical Accounts
    • Provide advice to patients about fees
    • Process referrals to specialist practitioners
    • Prepare and process medical accounts
    4Organise Schedules
    • Organise appointments
    5Maintain Workplace Safety
    • Occupational health and safety
    6Computer Applications
    • Word processing software
    • Office computer systems
    7Writing Correspondence
    • Letter structure
    • Formats
    • Editing and proofreading
    8Confidentiality & Privacy in a Medical Environment
    • Codes of conduct
    • Confidentiality and privacy
    • Security procedures
    9Phone Skills
    • Telephone techniques
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with enrolling on our medical secretary courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career as a medical secretary
    • Learn with a course that has been created with the assistance of senior medical secretaries within the health and fitness industry
    • Complete the learning programme at your own pace
    • Receive advice and guidance from your own personal tutor
    • Avoid the commute by studying remotely
    • Take advantage of a 10% reduction in course fees by paying upfront, or opt for our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Reap the benefits and sign up for our online medical secretary courses today.

  • Career Prospects


    As a medical secretary, you’ll be integral to the workings of your place of employment. From booking appointments, to welcoming patients, to maintaining all the administrative needs of your workplace, you’ll be the go-to support for both patients and medical staff. Other important duties for medical secretaries include billing, managing patients and taking care of coding for insurance. Simply put, medical assistants are crucial in assisting doctors in helping their patients.

    The medical knowledge you’ll develop with our course will help you to provide a reassuring experience for patients and maintain a calm demeanour.

    You’ll be able to work in a range of settings, from fast-paced hospitals to tightly run doctors’ surgeries. Becoming a medical secretary could lead to opportunities as a practice manager, administration manager or team leader.

    This career path offers considerable security too. The employment outlook for medical secretaries is excellent. Medical secretary careers are projected to have a 20% growth rate, according to the Bureau of Statistics.

  • Course Levels Explained


    Our medical secretary course leads to the awarding of a Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our medical secretary course.

    So, if you want to advance your career as a medical secretary, simply enrol today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within 24 weeks.

    The benefit of taking our medical secretary courses online is that you can set your own pace. If you would like to fast track your learning, it’s possible to complete the course in just a few months. If you’d prefer to take your time, you can do that, too. We allow a maximum of three years for you to graduate from this course.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our medical secretary course is taken online as a distance learning programme. Also known as correspondence learning, this type of course allows you to be flexible with your studies, fitting lessons and assessments around your existing commitments. You can learn whenever and wherever you like – and you won’t have to worry about commuting.

    Additionally, you will always have access to your own personal tutor, who is ready to help you with any questions or queries you may have. As well as saving you time and money with our convenient online learning programme, our medical secretary course is designed to be practical and engaging to help you complete your studies.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    As with all of our health and fitness courses, it takes a holistic approach, going far beyond the theory of medical and administrative matters. Our medical secretary course will help you to develop the valuable skills you’ll need to succeed in this competitive field.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working as a trained secretary? This is the course for you. As well as helping to refresh and expand your current knowledge, our course will provide you with the expertise you need to work as a qualified medical secretary. Whether you’re completely new to the industry or looking to move from a similar field, our course is one of the most practical steps you can take.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our medical secretary course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of studies and qualifications as a medical secretary
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipMDs)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career as a medical secretary – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.