Medical Support Careers

Invest in medical career skills online or on campus.


Medical Support programs offer students a variety of nonclinical medical career opportunities.

Medical Support Careers include: Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Coding Specialist, and Health Unit Coordinator. These programs offer students a variety of nonclinical medical career opportunities. Challenging hands-on experience is provided to help prepare students for employment. Transcription of medical documents utilizing correct punctuation and capitalization emphasizing number, abbreviation, symbol, and metric measurement rules is performed. HIPAA guidelines are discussed, recognizing patients' rights to protect their medical information.

Successful graduates possess invaluable skills such as ability to key accurate, detailed, personal information relating to each patient's medical, surgical, psychiatric, social, and family history. As students gain competence in their work, they will advance to more critical thinking problem solving.

Students may begin fall or spring semester and may attend full time or part time. Besides being offered on campus, the Medical Secretary and Coding programs are offered online in their entirety.

Major Offerings

  • Health Unit Coordinator (CERT) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 27 cr
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CERT) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 28 cr
  • Medical Administrative Assistant (AAS) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 60 cr
  • Medical Administrative Specialist (DIP) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 40 cr
  • Medical Coding Specialist (AAS) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 60 cr
  • Medical Coding Specialist (DIP) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 46 cr

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Produce medical documents using correct English and proofreading skills.
  2. Understand the impact that prejudice and bias have on personal attitudes, behaviors, and physical and mental health.
  3. Use systematic, critical, and creative processes to identify problems and make decisions.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to correctly spell, define, and pronounce medical terminology.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and ethical behavior maintaining appropriate confidentiality according to organization policies in a medical setting.
  6. Exhibit proficiency in transcribing medical documents that meet professional medical office standards.

Placement & Costs

Program Job Placement: 85%
Estimated Program Costs (PDF)

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Centers
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Insurance Companies
  • Sports Medicine Facilities
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Government Agencies

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer between MnSCU colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Instructors have professional experience in the program fields
  • Students work with actual clinic/hospital documents
  • Established affiliation agreements have been developed with area clinics/hospitals
  • All programs are offered online as well as on campus


  • Patty Watson received her AAS Degree as a Medical Administrative Secretary from Western Wisconsin Technical College in La Crosse, WI and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Patty has taught at Southeast Technical since 1990. Contact Patty at

  • Becky Korder received her AA Degree in the Medical Secretarial Program from Winona State University and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Becky has taught at Southeast Technical since 2003. Contact Becky at

  • Brenda Edwards received her CPC (Certified Professional Coder) and CPC-I (Certified Professional Coder Instructor) certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders. She has her LPN degree and licensure through the State of Minnesota. Brenda has worked in the health care field for 25 years in many different capacities. Contact Brenda at

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