Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Medical Support Careers

Invest in medical career skills online or on campus.


Medical Support Careers provide a pathway to an exciting, challenging place in the field of health care.

Medical Support Careers offer students a variety of non-clinical medical career opportunities. Whether working behind the scenes or in a public position, these roles provide essential services to both patients and health care providers:

  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Specialist

At Minnesota State College Southeast, we provide challenging hands-on experience that lead students to employment. Our students learn to prepare medical documents utilizing correct punctuation and capitalization emphasizing number, abbreviation, symbol, and metric measurement rules. 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 a higher level of critical thinking and problem solving.

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.

Major Offerings

  • Health Unit Coordinator (CERT) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 28 cr
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CERT) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 30 cr
  • Medical Administrative Assistant (AAS) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 60 cr
  • Medical Administrative Specialist (DIP) View Classes
    Winona/Online - 44 cr

Medical Coding Specialist Students

Download the Medical Coding Specialist AAS Course List
Download the Medical Coding Specialist Diploma Course List

Download the Program Plan

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.

Medical Support Careers Job Placement: 68.8%

View placement information for all majors

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 to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

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 MSC Southeast since 1990. Contact Patty at pwatson@southeastmn.edu.

  • 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 MSC Southeast since 2003. Contact Becky at rkorder@southeastmn.edu

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