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Medical Transcription

With the huge growth of the medical industry in recent years, the field of medical transcription has become a vital part of healthcare. In ed2go’s Medical Transcriptionist Online Training Program, you'll gain the ability to transcribe medical reports and learn the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position. Our medical transcription course is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers. Plus, we provide transcription equipment and real-life case studies for practice.

Doctors make notes of every patient visit—notes that must be transcribed into medical reports for patient files. As there are nearly 1 billion visits per year according to the CDC, this is a very stable career path. The job description of a medical transcriptionist includes listening to and transcribing these doctors’ notes, creating medical reports that eventually become part of patients' permanent files. Medical transcription jobs exist in hospitals and physicians’ offices, but this career also lends itself to part-time hours and working from a home office.

If a flexible and stable career working as a medical transcriptionist sounds great, and you are looking for training near you, ed2go can help. Our online course is self-paced to fit into your busy schedule, and you’ll be paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. You’ll transcribe case studies taken from hospital medical records covering a variety of medical transcription situations. At the end of this course, you’ll be fully prepared for an entry-level career in medical transcription.

6 Months / 240 Course Hrs
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Medical Transcription

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Medical Transcription Details + Objective

Course Code: GES113

You Will Learn
  • The importance of confidentiality and accuracy when transcribing medical records.
  • The knowledge, skills, and responsibilities of medical transcriptionists.
  • How to transcribe medical reports using correct report format and correct capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, symbols, and metric measurements.
  • Correct spelling of English and medical terms in addition to abbreviations.
How the course is taught
  • ed2go provides each student with digital transcription equipment, which includes a headset and a foot pedal.
  • We also provide digital transcription software (available via download through the license distributed upon registration).
  • Upon registering, you're given six months to complete the program.
How you will benefit
  • You will receive a certificate of completion for the course.
  • You will have the skills necessary to obtain an entry-level job as a medical transcriptionist.
  • Although it is not required, you may go on to take the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) certification test.
Medical Transcription Outline
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Course modules include:
  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-transcription Phase
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Medical Records
    3. Language Basics
    4. Medical Transcription Basics
  3. Transcription Phase 1
    1. Reproductive System
    2. Gastrointestinal System
    3. Cardiopulmonary System
    4. Integumentary System
    5. Psychology/ Neurology Systems
    6. Nervous System
    7. Orthopedic/ Endocrine Systems
    8. Vascular/ Renal Systems
    9. Musculoskeletal System
    10. Respiratory System
  4. Transcription Phase 2
    1. Cardiology Consult
    2. Echocardiogram
    3. Genitourinary Operative Report
    4. Orthopedicas Operative Report
    5. Surgical Pathology Report
    6. Emergency Dept. Treatment Record
    7. Interventional Radiology Report
    8. Spine Clinic HPIP Note
    9. Radiology Report
    10. Vascular Surgery Clinic SOAP Note
    11. Orthopedics Operative Report
    12. Plastic Surgery Operative Report
    13.  Colonoscopy Procedure Note
    14. Internal Medicine Clinic HPIP Note
    15. Neurosurgery Operative Report
    16. Urology Operative Report
    17. Radiology Report
    18. Pediatric Neurology Clinic Note
    19. Obstetrics Operative Report
    20. Orthopedics Operative Report
    21. Vascular Surgery Clinic Note
    22. Pediatric Dental Operative Report
    23. Orthopedics Operative Report
    24.  Orthopedics Consult
    25. Psychological/Intellectual Evaluation
    26. Correspondence
    27. Cardiology Consult
  5. Transcription Phase 3
    1. Neurosurgery Operative Report
    2. Oral Operative Report
    3. Orthopedics Operative Report
    4. GYN/GU Operative Report
    5. Gastroenterology Operative Report
    6. Urology Operative Report
    7. Plastic Surgery Operative Report
    8. Orthopedics Operative Report
    9.  Neurosurgery Operative Report
    10.  Pediatric Dental Operative Report
  6. Transcription Phase 4
    1. Orthopedics Consult
    2. Emergency Dept. Treatment Record
    3. Electrophysiology Study
    4. Emergency Dept. Treatment Record
    5. Internal Medicine Clinic SOAP Note
    6. Orthopedics Consult
    7. Electroencephalogram Report
    8. Internal Medicine Clinic HPIP Note
    9. Cardiothoracic Consult
    10. Orthopedics Preop H&P
  7. Post-Transcription Phase
    1. Course Conclusion
  8. Final Exam
Medical Transcription Instructors
Paula Kelley

Paula Kelley, CMT, has been an independent medical transcriptionist since 1992 and obtained her Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) certification from the Association of Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She has experience in many specialties as well as general and family practice. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of transcription, in addition to mentoring and guiding new transcriptionists. Her experience as a small transcription business owner has given her the opportunity to supervise transcriptionists and encourage both excellent work ethic and prioritization, which are important in any medical transcription course and in general application.

Medical Transcription Requirements / Prerequisites

To take this program, you'll need the following prerequisite skills:

  • A working knowledge of medical terminology.
  • The ability to create documents using Microsoft Word (any version). All reports submitted to the instructor for grading must be created using Microsoft Word (MS Works, Corel Word Perfect, or other word processing programs are NOT compatible).
  • Proficiency in keyboarding. Accuracy is most important at first, but some jobs pay based on production, so speed will become a factor.
  • E-mail capabilities.
  • Internet-browsing capabilities. You may need to use the Internet to look up information on medical terms, drugs, procedures, etc., when you can’t find them in your reference books.
  • Knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. When changing the spoken word to the written word, all these aspects of language become even more vital.
  • The ability to discern what is being said, and more importantly, what is meant, even if the person dictating has accented speech.
  • The ability to comply with the student-led, self-motivated aspects of this program.

This program is for you if you possess the skills listed above and you're interested in gaining the education necessary to enter the medical transcription field.

This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, with the exception of Windows 8 or 8.1. It is not compatible with Windows 8 or 8.1. It is compatible with IE 7 and later browsers, with the exception of IE 11. It is not compatible with IE 11 or Microsoft EdgeClick Here to download Internet Explorer 9. You should have Microsoft Word installed.

The ancillary CDs that accompany the primary textbook are not Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Mac compatible. We strongly recommended that students only use PCs for this program. 

This program is not Mac compatible.

ed2go provides each student with digital transcription equipment, which includes a headset, a foot pedal, and digital transcription software (available via download through the license distributed upon registration). The system requirements for the transcription equipment are:

  • Microsoft Word (any version)
  • Sound card or integrated sound support
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 25 MB hard-disk space (additional space required to store voice fields)
  • Double-speed CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB Port
  • Internet access—a high-speed connection is recommended
  • Active e-mail account
  • Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader (available via free Internet download)

ed2go also provides the required textbooks for this program. The following textbooks are included:

  • Hillcrest Beginning Medical Transcription (with audio)
  • Medical Abbreviations
  • The Dictated Word
  • Grammar and Punctuation Guide
  • Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, 28th ed

ed2go recommends, but does not require, that students purchase the following reference book for their own professional use. This book is not required for the program but will be a helpful reference for any professional in this field.

The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd edition (AHDI)

More About Medical Transcription

Included in this medical transcription training 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. 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 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 move 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.

Medical Transcription Frequently Asked Questions
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What does an MT do?

A medical transcriptionist converts the spoken word to the written word, thereby creating patient medical records. Since these are legal documents subject to subpoena, it’s important that the transcriptionist conform to a high standard of accuracy. It's also important for medical transcriptionists to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality in regard to their work.

How do I find a job? Will ed2go help me find a job? How do I get a job without experience? How can I get started working from home?

Medical transcription jobs are available. It's sometimes hard to get a foot in that first door, as it is in any field, but it's certainly not impossible.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Have business cards printed, and update your resume once you've completed the program.
  • ed2go instructors will help when possible. Much depends on the student's location, but we do have limited resources we can use.
  • You'll be referred to the nearest professional association for networking possibilities.
  • Your ed2go facilitator can be used as a reference.
  • Your education may take the place of experience in some instances and may land you an entry-level position.
  • You can also apply for an internship or a mentored position.

Many students get into medical transcription so they can work from home. As a medical transcriptionist, you can work from home as employees, as independent contractors, or as business owners. It can be as simple as asking your neighborhood physician if he or she needs some work done, or it can be as complicated as applying to one of the several national transcription firms that contracts work out from all over the United States. In today's global arena, medical transcriptionists can work in several other countries. Either your professional association or your ed2go facilitator would be a good resource for information on working in other countries.

Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How much does an MT make a year?

A medical transcriptionist's salary is regional. You might survey hospitals, clinics, and physician's offices in your area for an hourly rate or a yearly rate. You might attend your local professional association meeting and ask for salary information. You might also check with local employment agencies for their input.

While many medical transcriptionists work by the hour, many others work on production. You can also combine the two, and work by the hour with incentive pay awarded for a particular page count, line count, or word count. There is no average number of pages, lines, or words transcribed per hour. Each employer who utilizes this method sets their own average. The bottom line is this: Quality always wins out over quantity.

How do I become a certified MT? After completing the program, do I have to get certified other than from the school?

Once you complete your program, your school will provide a certificate of completion, which is standard. This is usually all that’s necessary to get an entry-level job. If you want to be a Certified Medical Transcriptionist, however, you'll want to check with the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity Web site for details. This is the professional association for medical transcriptionists, and they can provide information about AHDI certification and about the career field.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All materials are included. The cost of materials is covered by your tuition. ed2go ships all materials via UPS ground service upon registration.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We do not provide direct job placement services, but our instructors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Instructors will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via email or phone) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What do I have to have in order to take an online program, and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet (a normal dial-up connection is fine). You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. There are no necessary plug-ins. You do not have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can this program be taken on a Mac?

The required work for this program cannot be completed using a Mac; it’s recommended that students use a PC.

How can I get more information on the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at (855) 534-3690(855) 534-3690 FREE. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

What are the technical requirements for this course?

This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, with the exception of Windows 8 or 8.1. This program is not Mac compatible. It is compatible with IE 7 and later browsers, but it is not compatible with IE 11 or Microsoft Edge. You should have Microsoft Word (any version) installed.

The ancillary CDs that accompany the primary textbook are not compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Mac. We strongly recommended that students only use PCs for this program. 

The system requirements for the transcription equipment are:

  • Sound card or integrated sound support
  • 32 MB RAM
  • 25 MB hard-disk space (additional space required to store voice fields)
  • Double-speed CD-ROM drive
  • Available USB port
  • Internet access—a high-speed connection is recommended
  • Active email account
  • Adobe Flash Player (download here)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here)
What are the required materials for this course?

ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:

  • Hillcrest Beginning Medical Transcription (with audio)
  • Medical Abbreviations
  • The Dictated Word
  • Grammar and Punctuation Guide
  • Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, 28th ed.

ed2go recommends, but does not require, that students purchase the following book, which is a helpful reference for any professional in this field. The training cost does not include this title:

  • The Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd edition (AHDI)
How long does it take to become a medical transcriptionist?

You can achieve your goals—and change your life—in just six months. You do not need to obtain a degree to become a medical transcriptionist, which results in a faster process. A certificate from our six-month program shows potential employers you have all the tools you need for success in an entry-level job.  

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