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Admitting & Discharge Clerk

Admitting and Discharge Clerks perform a variety of clerical and administrative tasks related to patient admission and discharge. Some of their primary responsibilities include collecting personal information from new patients, ensuring proper insurance information is provided, and recording relevant medical history. When patients are discharged, these clerks make sure that all entries in the patient’s medical record are accurate and complete. Other duties may include assigning beds based on diagnosis and condition, sending patient charts to the nursing units, using computers to compile information more proficiently, and providing patients with identification wristbands for safety and security purposes. Admitting and discharge clerks must also abide by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects patient confidentiality. Anyone interested in this career should possess patience, excellent communication and organizational skills, and a willingness to learn.

Work Environment:

Admitting and discharge clerks may work in a number of different health care delivery facilities. Some of the most popular places of employment are hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, doctor’s offices, local or state health departments, group medical practices, and medical research departments.

High School Preparation:

Individuals interested in a career as a admitting and discharge clerk should take high school courses in algebra, biology, office procedures, social studies, health occupations/medical professions education, computer skills, typing, literature, English, sociology, psychology, anatomy, government, history, and data processing.

College Requirements:

Admitting and discharge clerks must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Most employers prefer individuals with some college coursework in a health related area and/or general office procedures and 1-2 years of experience. While there is no formal certification required for admitting and discharge clerks, some clerks may be Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) or Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT).

Students interested in this line of work should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:

Employment opportunities for admitting and discharge clerks should be good over the next decade. The aging baby-boom generation will increase the number of patients that hospitals and clinics will have to process, which will increase the demand for these administrative professionals. There will also be an increase in the number of job openings due to people retiring or leaving the profession for other careers. Because this is an entry-level position, and turnover in this sector remains fairly high, job opportunities should climb steadily over the next 10 - 15 years.




Average Annual Salary


Salary Range

$17,900 - $35,100


Professional Organizations:


American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2150
Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 233-1100

Fax: (312) 233-1090

Mississippi Health Information Association
P. O. Box 3251
Ridgeland, MS  39158
Phone: (601) 856-3927


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