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Healthcare Documentation Specialist / Medical Administrative Assistant Overview
Healthcare Documentation Specialist / Medical Administrative Assistant
RCTC’s healthcare documentation and medical administrative assistant 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.
RCTC offers four degree options in the medical administrative assistant field. These include a Healthcare Documentation Specialist Certificate, a Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma, a Medical Administrative Assistant Associate in Applied Science degree and an 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.
The Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge www.iseek.org states that the median entry-level salary for medical administrative assistants is $19.99 per hour and in the US is $15.73 per hour. The median entry-level salary for healthcare documentation specialists in Minnesota is $20.71 per hour and in the U.S is $17.08 per hour.
Gainful Employment Programs
The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.
The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.
Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations.