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Doctor of Education


Center for the Advancement of Education


Jerry Stepien


A major goal of the instructional divisions at Moraine Park Technical Institute (MPTI) is to identify, plan, implement, and evaluate [illegible] based academic programs that assist adult learners in fulfilling their educational and career goals. As far back as 1977, the need for a program for the Medical Transcriptionist was identified in the MPTI district. Prior to 1983 other priorities took precedence and the program was never developed. In response to an identified staffing need in hospitals and clinics, MPTI requested permission from the Wisconsin Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education to develop a program proposal. In April, 1983 MPTI received approval to develop a proposal for a Medical Transcriptionist Program at the one-year vocational diploma level. This approval marked the beginning of the actual program development process at MPTI. With the help of an advisory committee and the Curriculum Planner at MPTI, the Chairperson of the Health Occupations coordinated the investigation, needs assessment, and final submission of the program proposal. The program was designed in a competency based format. The Medical Transcription Program proposal met the district's goals of providing quality programs and improving the efficiency of delivery services. Final program approval was granted in 1984. The first class was admitted in Fall of 1985. The official program title is Medical Transscriptionist - One-Year Vocational Diploma Program.

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