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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College
MSC Southeast

Medical Support Careers Skills Guide

Recommended high school level background courses

  • Composition
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Reading comprehension
  • Algebra I and II
  • Probability and statistics
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Health
  • Health care occupations
  • Lifetime fitness
  • Accounting
  • Computer applications
  • Data processing
  • Intro to business
  • Keyboarding/word processing
  • Office procedure
  • Interpersonal communication skills

Basic skills in the program and on the job

Technical learning

Medical support students will be trained in a variety of nonclinical medical career opportunities including medical secretary, medical transcriptionist, medical coding specialist and health unit coordinator.  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 are performed. HIPAA guidelines are discussed, recognizing patients' rights to protect their medical information.

Successful graduates possess invaluable skills such as the 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 in this program must be able to comprehend medical terminology and anatomy textbooks.  Memorization skills are vital in learning a new language and will be an essential part of the coursework.  Texts, which are an essential part of the coursework, are written at a college level.


Written and verbal communications are important in the medical support field programs.   All students in the A.A.S. degree will take at least one 2000 level English or Communications course. Medical support personnel are required to communicate on a regular basis with physicians, nurses and patients and need to possess excellent communication skills in order to relay accurate information as a liaison for their employer.


High school courses in algebra will aid the student in succeeding in these programs.  All students in the A.A.S. degree will take at least one 2000 level mathematics course.


Computer skills are essential in the medical field.  A good understanding of computers, downloading programs, file management, Internet searches and the use of software programs will help the student to be successful in this program.  All students in the A.A.S. degree will take at least one 2000 level computer course.


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