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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 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 as a medical transcriptionist.
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. See the Prerequisites page for this course for more information.
To take this program, you should have a working knowledge of medical terminology. If you don't have this, please click here for information on the Medical Transcription + Medical Terminology program.
Upon registering, you're given six months to complete the program.
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. You should have Microsoft Word installed.
The ancillary CDs that accompany the primary textbook are not yet 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:
ed2go also provides the required textbooks for this program. The following textbooks are included:
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)
To take this program, you'll need the following prerequisite skills:
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.
Everyone was helpful and very friendly!- W.A., Tacoma Community College
I liked how the process was explained in a step-by-step fashion. It was easy to understand how to download and upload course material.- S.F., California State University, East Bay
Not only did I learn a lot but it was really fun too! Carrie Stein was great and was really helpful and encouraging. I think the college has a really great support system in place.- J.K., Excelsior College
It was very easy to find my way through this program and to communicate with the professors.- G.T., Excelsior College
Not only did I learn a lot but it was a really fun program too! Carrie Stein was great and was really helpful and encouraging.- D.D., Excelsior College
I liked the opportunity to learn the course for a diverse group of professions. It gives a better understanding of what different facilities/professionals might require. I have recommended your classes to others.- P.R., Laramie County Community College
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 always done transcription as part of her jobs in medical offices, so she thought why not turn it into a career! 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 excellent work ethics and prioritizing, which are important to any medical transcription course and in general application.
Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
1. 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.
2. 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:
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. How long does it take to complete a program?
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment. You can start and finish the program at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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 1-855-520-68061-855-520-6806 FREE. We will answer your questions promptly.
15. 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.
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