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Healthcare Documentation Specialist / Medical Administrative Assistant Overview

Healthcare Documentation Specialist / Medical Administrative Assistant

Career/Program Overview                                          

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.

Program/Degree Options

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.

Career Opportunities/Information

The Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge 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.  


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

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Healthcare Documentation Specialist Cert 22 ge
Medical Administrative Assistant Dipl 38 ge
Overview content updated: 2016-08-18
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Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
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