Healthcare Documentation Specialist

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, Healthcare Office Fundamentals and Documentation, Human Diseases for Health Professions, Computerized Health Information, Pharmacology, Keyboarding, Customer Relations Management, and Employment Strategies.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a 24-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 courses are offered in an online format with some options for face-to-face learning.  Some courses may be offered only once a year, and some courses may be offered at an accelerated pace. Consult your academic advisor to develop a specific program plan.

Career Opportunities/Information

CAREERwise Education states that the median entry-level salary for healthcare documentation specialists in Minnesota is $20.90 per hour and in the U.S is $17.64 per hour.


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:

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Gainful Employment Programs

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