Medical Administrative Specialist

Medical Administrative Specialist

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Medical Administrative Specialist - A.A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount
 Medical Administrative Specialist - Diploma 42 cr. Rosemount
 Medical Receptionist - Certificate 25 cr. Rosemount
Program Datasheet: Download Medical Administrative Specialist Datasheet  

Major Description

This program prepares students to work in a variety of positions in the medical field. Some of the specialized medical courses include medical office procedures, medical terminology, and anatomy and physiology. Students also complete various communications courses, and students will become proficient in current software applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentation graphics.

Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS)

DCTC offers courses that prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification exam. MCAS credential validates skills in using Microsoft Office 2010 meeting the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest Microsoft technologies.

Program Prerequisite

  • Students must take a two-minute typing test before enrolling in [MURA]addCoursePopupLink('OFFC1005')[/MURA] Keyboarding/Formatting. Students must achieve a speed of 35 words per minute with five or fewer errors to be admitted to the course.
  • If students do not type at this level, they must successfully complete [MURA]addCoursePopupLink('OFFC1000')[/MURA] Basic Keyboarding prior to registering for [MURA]addCoursePopupLink('OFFC1005')[/MURA] Keyboarding/Formatting.


This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.

Medical Administrative Specialist Advisor & Instructors
Amy Eppen
Amy Eppen
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Susan Johanson
Susan Johanson
Charlotte Kodner
Charlotte Kodner
Candace Carlstrom
Candace Carlstrom
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Program Costs*

Medical Administrative Specialist
  Medical Administrative Specialist
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Medical Administrative Specialist
Diploma – 39 credits
Medical Receptionist
Certificate – 25 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Textbooks $1,500 $600 $500
Supplies $200 $100 $75
Grand Total $13,022.60 $8,059.69 $5,292.75

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Medical Administrative Specialist

Work Environment

Medical administrative specialists are employed in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, insurance companies and other organizations connected to the medical field. Administrative duties include composing/transcribing correspondence, managing doctors’ schedules, preparing professional presentations, scheduling patient appointments, maintaining patient files and transcribing patient reports.

Job Outlook

According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for medical secretaries is expected to grow 32 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. CAREERwise: " This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers. There will be a need for about 3,480 new Medical Secretaries to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Graduates secure employment in positions such as health unit coordinator, medical receptionist, patient relations representative (PRR), front office manager, medical office specialist, office manager, patient coordinator, receptionist and unit support representative.

Gainful Employment Reports

Career Information

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Transfer Options

Medical Administrative Specialist

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.
Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


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Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

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The Medical Administrative Specialist program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes and the accomplishments of our instructors.

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Clubs & Organizations

Medical Administrative Specialist

As a student in DCTC's Medical Administrative Specialist program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Student Clubs and Organizations

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Medical Administrative Specialist students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment. The following clubs are open to all Medical Administrative Specialist students:

Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Business Professionals of America is the leading CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization) for students pursuing careers in accounting, business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.

Lions Club
Lions are an international network of 1.3 million people from over 200 countries who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Students will be able to help determine the types of services the club will provide based on the needs of the campus and surrounding community.

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs in community and technical colleges. There are nearly 100 competitions through SkillsUSA that relate to programs of study at DCTC or leadership skills. Students who compete and take first place in Minnesota will advance to nationals. Participation is SkillsUSA is a great addition to your resume!

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.