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Medical Secretary / Medical Transcription

Career/Program Overview                                          

RCTC’s medical transcription and medical secretary programs stress extensive building of medical terminology and a highly developed skill in medical transcription as well as general office skills and technology training.  Medical letters to referring physicians along with reports in the medical record regarding the patients’ examinations, operations, 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 transcriptionist and office support positions in medical offices, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, and firms which provide medical supplies and equipment. 


Depending on the program/degree option selected, coursework may include:  Human Relations in Organizations, Introduction to Medical Terminology, Medical Transcription I and II, Business Communications, Medical Office Procedures, Pathophysiology, and Microcomputer Business Applications.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers four degree options in the medical secretary field.  These include a 21 credit Medical Transcription Certificate, a 35 credit Medical Transcriptionist Diploma, a 60 credit Medical Secretary Associate in Applied Science degree, and a 60 credit Associate in Science degree.

Program Start Date(s)

Courses are available primarily fall and spring semesters.  Selected courses may be offered in the summer session. Students can enroll on a part-time or full-time basis.  Part-time enrollment is possible any semester.  A fall start date is advantageous for course sequencing.  Many courses are available by online instruction.

Career Opportunities/Information

The Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge states that the average medical secretarial wages in Minnesota range from $14.47 to $22.81 per hour.  In the United States, the average medical secretarial wage is $10.74 to $22.49 per hour. The average medical transcriptionist wages in Minnesota range from $12.84 to $22.80 per hour.  In the United States, the average medical transcriptionist wage is $10.94 to $23.06 per hour.

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

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

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Last Updated: February 27, 2015

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