What does a Registrar do?

Registrars process records in various settings such as medical clinics and schools. Their duties include appointment scheduling, registration, data entry and billing. In high school and college settings, registrars assist students in making changes to their schedules or they prepare and provide records and transcripts upon request. In medical and healthcare settings, registrars keep track of important patient data, bill patients and provide medical records and reports. If you already work in a school setting, hospital setting or have secretarial experience, you might consider becoming a registrar. You could also eventually move up the ladder in an organization's administration after gaining experience as a registrar.

At minimum, you should hold a high school diploma or GED to become a registrar. Further education in bookkeeping and scheduling is helpful, but a keen eye for detail and preference for organization are essential characteristics of registrars. You must also have excellent customer service and communication skills to succeed in this role. Computer and database knowledge are further important skills for registrars.

What responsibilities are common for Registrar jobs?
  • Register patients for procedures or students for classes
  • Enter detailed patient or student data into computer systems
  • Manage, process and enter data from extensively detailed paperwork
  • Check in patients and students for appointments
  • Bill patients, clients or customers and collect payment
  • Generate and prepare reports based on requested data for administrative, institutional, patient or student use
  • Ensure that student or patient records are kept complete and organized
  • Maintain academic records in schools or patient records in healthcare settings
What are the typical qualifications for Registrar jobs?
  • Working knowledge of MS Office programs and experience entering data into computer systems
  • At least one year of related healthcare, medical or education administration experience
  • Strong grasp for the values, goals and standards for your employing organization or company
  • Experience providing customer or client services
  • Previous secretarial experience is beneficial
  • Strong communication skills including experience in writing, answering phone calls and speaking
  • Basic math and organizational skills for paperwork and data management
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks at one time and make quick decisions
  • For healthcare registrars, experience working with patients in distress
EducationGED / High School Degree
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Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Registrar make near United States?

$40,605 /yr
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Registrar Career Path

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Registrar I

Years of Experience Distribution

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2 - 4
5 - 7
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Read what Registrar professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative RegionImmigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Registration Officer
Sep 29, 2022

“salary is not bad but not much to learn unless you wish to work in this department”

Mansoura University
Specialist Registrar
Nov 8, 2021

“good and powerful knowledge for career development”

American College of the Middle EastAmerican College of the Middle East
Registration Officer
Aug 16, 2021

“Good teams and superiors.”

South CollegeSouth College
Apr 12, 2023

“I work with a team that builds me up daily and cares about my future success.”

Winter Haven HospitalWinter Haven Hospital
Registrar - Emergency Department
Jul 30, 2022

“The job honestly isn’t difficult and my coworkers are the best!”

Northwell HealthNorthwell Health
Patient Registrar
Jul 1, 2022

“Great place to work everyone is really nice”

Registration Officer I
Sep 6, 2022

“Good good good good good”

Philippine Statistics Authority
Registration Officer I
Jan 21, 2022

“good salary and work experience in field”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Registrar

When working as a Registrar, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, Coding, Computer Literate, Database, and Diagnosis.

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  • Front Desk Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Accounts Receivable Specialist

The most common qualifications to become a Registrar include a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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