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Healthcare Documentation Specialist / Medical Administrative Assistant Overview

Healthcare Documentation Specialist / Medical Administrative Assistant

Career/Program Overview

RCTC’s Healthcare Documentation Specialist Program emphasizes extensive medical terminology and a highly developed skill in medical transcription.  Medical reports in the patient’s medical record regarding examinations, operations, procedures, and tests are emphasized.  Students will learn how diseases affect the body and which drugs and other treatments are used to treat illnesses.  Students will be trained for medical transcriptionist and medical scribe positions in medical offices, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, and firms which provide medical supplies and equipment. 


Coursework may include Medical Terminology, Medical Transcription, Quality Assurance for Healthcare Documentation, Computerized Health Information, Human Diseases, Pharmacology, Professionalism in the Workplace, English Grammar for Careers, and Employment Strategies.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a 22-credit certificate degree for those seeking a degree as a Healthcare Documentation Specialist. 

Program Start Date(s)

Courses are available primarily fall and spring semesters.  Selected courses may be offered during summer session. Students can enroll on a part-time or full-time basis.  Part-time enrollment is possible any semester.  All of the courses are offered in an online format.  Some courses may be offered only once a year.  Consult your academic advisor to develop a specific program plan.

Career Opportunities/Information

The Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge states that the median entry-level salary for healthcare documentation specialists in Minnesota is $18.88 per hour and in the U.S is $18.79 per hour. 


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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Gainful Employment Programs

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Healthcare Documentation Specialist Cert 22 ge
Medical Administrative Assistant Dipl 38 ge
Overview content updated: 2017-04-17
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