Working with the public and behind the scenes, medical support professionals provide essential services to both patients and health care providers
As the demand for health care continues to grow, the need for expert support staff in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and medical offices will always be increasing. A degree, diploma, or certificate in Medical Support Careers provides a pathway to an exciting, challenging place in the field of health care.
There are many non-clinical medical career opportunities in this area. Whether working behind the scenes or in a public position, these roles provide essential services to both patients and health care providers.
Healthcare Documentation Specialists work behind the scenes to prepare accurate medical records, often transcribing reports dictated by doctors and other health care professionals. Their work is critical because this information serves as the foundation for ongoing decision-making and medical care.
The 30-credit Healthcare Documentation Specialist certificate provides a foundation in skills specific to this career and can be completed in just one year. You will progress from general office skills to in-depth skills specific to medicine. As you gain competence in your work, you will advance to a higher level of critical thinking and problem solving.
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. They understand medical terminology and the legal and ethical aspects of health information. They respect patient privacy, confidentiality, and security.
Many courses present tasks as if the students were actually employed in a medical center, so when you graduate, you'll be ready to start work right away in this in-demand field.
On campus or online
Students may begin fall or spring semester and may attend full time or part time. All of the Medical Support Careers programs are offered on the Winona, Minnesota campus or 100% online. Students can combine on-campus and on-line courses to complete their programs.
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