Dec 09, 2023  
Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Healthcare Documentation Specialist Certificate

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 390C

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer-limited course offerings

Graduates of a certificate program in healthcare documentation are proficient in transcribing medical documents, creating and processing correspondence, assisting with release of information, meeting medical provider documentation needs, and other duties. Courses from the certificate are applicable toward the Medical Office Professional AAS degree.

Applicants should possess excellent communication skills, meticulous attention to detail, good spelling, finger dexterity, and extreme accuracy in their work. Candidates considering this field should be comfortable listening to dictated material for an extended periods, editing documents created through the use of voice recognition software, and possess knowledge of patient confidentiality regarding health information.

Career Opportunities

Healthcare documentation specialists may work in a physician’s office, surgery center, specialty clinic, hospital, insurance company, government agency, research foundation, longterm care facility, dental office, consulting firm, rehabilitation center or other health care facility.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will apply basic medical sciences in accordance to the profession.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate use of office and healthcare-based software applications.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate entry-level data collection, documentation, and healthcare regulatory practices.
  4. Graduates will transcribe and edit medical reports and related office correspondence. 

Program Faculty

Jennifer Anglin

Part-time/Full-time Options

This program can be completed by using a combination of online, day, evening, and Saturday courses. Part-time and full-time options are available.

Program Requirements

All classes must be successfully completed with grade of “C” or better.

Course Sequence

The following sequence is recommended; however, this sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; only a selection of courses is offered summer term.

Total Semester Credits: 12

Total Semester Credits: 11

Total Semester Credits: 7

Total Program Credits: 30

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Arithmetic: Score of 250+

Keyboarding Skills: Minimum of 40 WPM with 3 errors or less or a grade of “C” or better in BTEC 1400 .

Computer Skills: Basic computer skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet usage or a grade of “C” or better in BTEC 1418 .

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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