Program Overview

The Medical Transcriptionist Diploma program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College trains students to become a vital member of a medical office team.  Medical transcriptionists are medical language specialists who prepare a variety of medical reports and documents to be included in patient medical records.  Students in this program will learn a variety of skills within the medical field and its associated terminology.  Courses are derived from the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity Model Curriculum competencies, and those who complete this program should be eligible to sit for this national exam in order to become registered medical transcriptionists.  

Upon completion, students will hopefully display skills in professional business communication as well as ethics and organization.  Individuals will also be able to use the appropriate healthcare technology to transcribe healthcare documentation.  The program requires 40 credit hours to complete and includes courses from the administration and healthcare departments.  Classes consist of topics such as medical transcription, business communications, medical terminology, and bioethics.  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 or not is determined by the student’s score on the Accuplacer assessment.  Because healthcare is one of the fastest growing areas in the USA, there is always a high demand for individuals who are trained in medical knowledge and procedures.  Employment opportunities can be found in many places including clinics, insurance companies, public and home health agencies, private practices, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and dental offices.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Diploma

    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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