A medical transcriptionist listens to dictated recordings made by physicians and other health care professionals and transcribes the recordings, creating medical reports that eventually become part of patients' permanent files. In the Medical Transcription + Medical Terminology Online Training Program, you'll gain the ability to transcribe medical reports and learn the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position as a medical transcriptionist.
Then, through the Medical Terminology program, you’ll get 60 hours of terminology training in the following modules:
- Learning Medical Terminology
- The Body as a Whole
- The Integumentary System
- The Musculoskeletal System
- The Respiratory System
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Digestive System
- The Urinary System
- The Nervous System
- The Endocrine System
- The Sensory System
- The Hematic, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
- The Female Reproductive System
- The Male Reproductive System
Included in the Medical Transcription program are 10 inpatient case studies, 10 inpatient reports that are used as extra assignments, 25 outpatient reports, and 10 outpatient reports that are used as extra assignments. Each of these reports has been taken from hospital medical records. The reports include history and physical examinations, radiology reports, operative procedures, pathology reports, consultations, discharge summaries, a death summary, an autopsy report, and correspondence.
Reports are digitally recorded so that you can get the experience of transcribing them. Different regional accents and background noises, which duplicate real-life situations, are used in the recorded dictation, and the speed of the dialogue picks up as you go forward through the program. Transcription times will vary, depending on the length of the case study and your keyboarding skills, command of the English language, and knowledge of human anatomy and medical terminology.
You'll be able to check your work immediately, which gives you multiple opportunities to practice transcribing before you submit full reports for the instructor to grade.
To become a medical transcriptionist, it's important that you possess excellent editing and proofreading skills. You should have a basic understanding of a word-processing program and be proficient at keyboarding, creating documents, e-mailing, and printing.
Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete the program. Should you need more time, you may request a six-month extension at no additional charge.