Office Admin

You’ll want to start this process approximately 10 months before you plan to open your doors.

Use resources that are already available to you before reinventing the wheel. Many NDs have their patient intake forms on their website to be downloaded. Check around for features and questions that will be useful to your particular type of practice. This form is dynamic and ever changing. Make modifications as needed. Also remember a pediatric intake form or forms for other special populations if you intend on focusing your practice. CCNM provides alumni association members with blank patient intake form templates. Visit CCNM's alumni section for more information.

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Arrange Visa/MasterCard services
Your bank will help here. Costco also offers a good deal on phone, internet and credit card processing for its members.

Appointment book
There is lots of software out there for this. Patient Appointment Manager (about $300) seems to be quite good. Other clinics prefer a simple paper, pencil and eraser system.

Phone and Internet connection installed
Consider using the same company for your phone and internet. It will be simpler to deal with one company. Rogers, Bell and Costco (see above) all both provide small-business packages. Call or check websites for offers.

Design and arrange outside sign
Keep working with your graphic designer to insure a consistent look for your outdoor signage. Make sure you check with yout property manager to make sure your sign is within the city bylaws.