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Program Details

The Healthcare Documentation certificate program at Richland Community College can be completed entirely online. The online courses have flexible schedules and allow students to complete coursework at home. The curriculum is designed to build a strong foundation within the field of healthcare documentation. 

Program students will gain medical transcription experience and strengthen various skills within the medical courses.  The program will require students to be proficient using Word and to be able to type 35 words per minute. Students that are interested in supervisory careers should complete the Healthcare Documentation degree. The certificate program may be completed in three semesters.

The certificate program will require students to complete a minimum of 29 credits. All courses will need to be completed in a specific sequence within the three semesters.  The courses for the first semester are Introduction to Healthcare Documentation and Medical Terminology. The required courses for the second semester include Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, Healthcare Documentation I, and Fundamentals of Pharmacology. The third semester courses are Healthcare Documentation 2, Interpreting Healthcare Records, and Pathophysiology.

Students will learn a variety of topics within the programs courses. The curriculum will cover subjects such as guidelines for healthcare documentation, medical terms, principles of anatomy, physiology, and the therapeutic use of drugs. Instructors will give students experience in beginning, intermediate, and advanced transcription of medical reports that are dictated by physicians. Students will also gain experience in consultation reports, operative reports, and electronic health records.


Prospective students should
  • Be a high school graduate, or
  • Received a High School Equivalency Certificate based on the GED test, or
  • Home schooled student that has taken “ability to benefit” test that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or
  • Intend to enroll in a GED course, or 
  • Be a high school junior or senior and be approved for enrollment by the principal, or 
  • Be a “gifted” high school student under the age of 16 and have the approval of the principal. 
Prospective students must
  • Submit official high school or college transcripts
  • Submit the admission application 
  • Submit ACT or other comparable test scores

Accreditation & Licensing

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