Program Overview

The Medical Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College teaches students about the administrative duties involved in various medical facilities including private practices, hospitals, and clinics.  Students should gain the skills and knowledge needed in this expanded secretarial role such as skills in patient billing and other medical office functions.  Those who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate excellent communication and professional skills.  These skills will provide students the ability to offer excellent patient service and make sound decisions regarding patient outcomes.  

Upon completion of the program students will learn to understand and use the language of medicine, use technology for healthcare applications, manage and prepare health records, and perform diagnosis and procedure coding.  Students should also exhibit an ethical behavior within the healthcare setting.  Other skills include performing bookkeeping and insurance procedures as well as telephone procedures in order to provide the best patient and employer services.  The program has 60 credit hours and involves courses on topics such as medical documentation, medical transcription, outpatient coding, business communications, and medical terminology.

The program also includes general education courses which are a part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and involves college writing and psychology.  Students may be required to take developmental courses in reading, math, and writing in order to prepare them for education on a college level; whether these classes are required is determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College (“M State”) is a two-year public institution of higher education, located in the city of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Students can enroll in courses at M State’s campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. The Fergus Falls campus has a liberal arts focus, and about 75 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after they attend M State.

    M State offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Many students at M State choose to complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree by earning a University Transfer degree at any of the or online through eCampus. M State’s eCampus offers over 25 programs and majors that can be completed entirely online.


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