What does a medical secretary do?

Medical secretaries (also known as ‘medical administrative assistants’) provide administration support in dynamic medical environments. This can include areas such as hospitals, GP surgeries and private clinics. Previous secretarial experience is often required before learning to become a medical secretary. Knowledge of the medical sector, medical terminology in particular, is also highly valued.

Explore our Medical Secretary Courses and Diplomas

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Admin Diploma

Option to gain an AMSPAR Level 2 and/or Level 3 Qualification Pitman Training's Medical Admin courses will arm you with the key skills required to…

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Receptionist Diploma

Option to gain an AMSPAR Level 2 and/or Level 3 Qualification This diploma is designed to give you the skills required to work effectively as…

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Secretary Diploma

Option to gain an AMSPAR Level 2 and/or Level 3 Qualification Our Medical Secretary training is recognised as being one of the best programmes in…

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Audio Transcription

Our comprehensive Medical Audio Transcription training covers the transcription of medical documentation used when working in a medical administration role in hospitals, GP practices and…

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Terminology

This course helps you get under the skin of commonly used medical terminology across a wide range of disciplines. You’ll also have the opportunity to…

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Word Processing

Medical offices require a lot of admin. Get to grips with the finer workings of Word and you can go on and gain Pitman Training…

Medical Secretary Courses & Diplomas

Medical Office Award

This award contains three courses focused on helping you gain reputable medical administrator know-how. You’ll study Medical Word Processing, Medical Audio Transcription and Medical Terminology.

Do I need Medical Secretary Training?

Granted, medical secretary training is not a requirement for becoming a medical secretary. But, it grants a huge competitive advantage over other candidates. Also, it will bring you ease and confidence in your job. After completing training, you will be ready to jump right into this career.

Pitman Training’s medical secretarial courses will fully prepare you for success. In training, you will learn both the business and medical sides of the role. Then, you will be able to handle the administrative and technical tasks of medical administration. As with all our courses, you can study the medical training courses at home or in centre.

Why choose a Pitman Training medical secretary course?

  • Pitman Training is highly regarded among employers. In fact, all our programmes have a reputation for the highest quality of learning. This grants a competitive edge to those who study a medical secretarial course with us.
  • Our medical secretarial courses cover everything from creating professional medical reports to learning how to transcribe documents containing medical terminology.
  • Looking to further improve your employability? Combine a medical secretary course with a related Pitman Training course. Medical secretary training pairs well with Microsoft Office and General Office Skills courses.
  • You can find our medical secretarial training centres all around the UK. Or perhaps you would prefer to become a medical secretary at home. In that case, you can study medical secretarial courses online. Further, all our courses run all year long.
  • All our Pitman medical secretary training courses are CPD-accredited. This means you earn valuable CPD points that are highly regarded among employers.
  • Take on medical administration courses anytime you like. Whether it is full-time or part-time, you study at your own pace on a flexible schedule.
  • Receive support throughout your entire learning journey. Our course advisors are available to help you online or at your local Pitman training centre.

Careers Using Medical Administration Training

  • The average UK salary for a medical secretary is ~£21,000. Those new to the role earn ~£18,000, while more experienced medical secretaries can earn £27,000+.
  • Medical secretary qualifications open the door to many more careers. With them, you can find work in a variety of jobs in the medical administration sector.
  • Are you currently working as an office secretary or administrative assistant? (For example, a receptionist or legal secretary.) Well, medical administration training gives you the chance to work in a new environment. Broaden your career prospects with a medical secretary qualification.

Medical Secretary Courses Available

Study a wide range of medical secretary courses, diplomas and awards.

Take our Medical Office Award, for example. This is one of our introductory medical admin courses. It will help candidates to make sense of the medical sector. Within the award, candidates will cover core foundational courses. They will study medical word processingmedical audio transcription and medical terminology.

Or perhaps you are looking to specialise in medical administerial training. If so, we also offer three specialist medical administration diplomas. You can choose from: medical receptionistmedical admin or medical secretary diplomas. Each diploma arms candidates with the required skills to work in those roles. Plus, it gives them the chance to gain a City & Guilds/AMSPAR Level 2 Qualification.

Getting started with your medical secretary qualifications is simple. To begin, you do not need to have any additional software or reading materials. All you have to do is log in to your myPitman account. From there, you can study our medical secretarial courses online.

Whichever medical secretary course you choose, you can study either online or in-centre. Our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way, too. Just get in touch for a free, friendly career consultation with the training experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tutor-led training seminar a better way for you to learn?

Absolutely, tutor-led seminars, commonly known as instructor-led training sessions, offer an engaging and interactive approach to learning. Led by seasoned professionals, these sessions ensure a deeper understanding of the subject matter, providing immediate feedback and personalized attention. Whether it’s employee training or corporate skill development, these instructor-led sessions encourage direct interaction, fostering an environment conducive to active learning. At Pitman Training, our extensive collection of tutor-led training videos combines the flexibility of online learning with the live guidance of expert instructors.

Are the courses approved?

Yes our courses are accredited by awarding bodies and accepted by all employers.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly intakes for every course, please enquire to find out more.

I work nights, can I study part-time?

Yes, we recommend all our students allocate 8 to 10 hours per week. All our courses take up to 3 months to complete and our diplomas take up to 1 year.

Who will train me?

Some of our certifications are studied online using our interactive platform and some of our diplomas are conducted via online seminars.

Do I study online or at a training centre?

We offer a blended learning approach. Our courses and diplomas can be studied remotely from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option to also study in our centers if you prefer face-to-face learning.

If I fail an exam?

One re-sit is provided for our courses. However, we have a very high pass rates in completing the assessments.

Can I pay back over a period of time?

Yes, we offer various payment plans up to 36 months to help split the cost over a manageable period of time.

What is the cost?

Our costs vary for our courses and diplomas and start from as little as £20 per month over a 36-month payment plan period. Fill in the form to find out more.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

A great diploma that can help open the doors to a variety of careers thanks to its unique tailor-made set up. You could work towards any number of office administration type careers in roles such as Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, PA, EA or Office Manager. Alternatively, you could utilise the skills gained to kick-start a rewarding career in an accounting role with positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant.

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