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The Medical Transcription + Medical Terminology program will give you the necessary knowledge and skills to start a new career as a medical transcriptionist. To work in this field, you need to understand and correctly spell medical terms. This program includes complete medical terminology training to set you up for success.
Your transcription equipment and all materials are included. This online career training program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.
Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be able to:
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:
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 six months to complete the program.
Medical Transcription Requirements:
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 Edge. Click 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:
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)
Medical Terminology Requirements:
Before enrolling in Medical Terminology, please make sure you have internet access, an email account, as well as the following technical requirements:
ed2go will provide the required textbook for this program, Medical Terminology for Health Professions.
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.
Medical Terminology Instructors
Carline Dalgleish has been employed in the medical business office management profession since 1970. She began in the medical records department of the Army/Air Force Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany and has performed accounts receivable and business office management services for physicians, clinics, hospitals, and Medicare.
She has real-time experience in administrative and financial departments, as well as management experience in business office administration, regulatory compliance, and information technology. She is also a subject matter expert in administrative medical assisting and medical billing and coding. In addition, she has created the curriculum for and taught many accounts receivable and accounts payable educational programs, with an emphasis in administrative medical assisting and medical billing and coding.
In the early 1990s, Ms. Dalgleish moved full-time into curriculum development, teaching, and management of business and allied health education programs, with special emphasis on medical business office administration and management.
Ms. Dalgleish holds a bachelor's degree in business information systems and a master's degree in leadership. She is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM). She owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Education Services, Inc., and is currently completing a textbook on the new ICD-10 coding system.
Nancy Smith credits medical terminology with providing all of her career opportunities since 1982. After graduating from college in 1976, she taught business programs in Philadelphia for four years while her husband completed medical school. When her husband was recruited by a rural community hospital, he found himself without a suitable pool of candidates to run his new office. Nancy studied medical terminology and became his office manager in 1982.
Several years later, they relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her experience with medical terminology led to more career choices. She worked as a medical transcriptionist, and then she was hired to establish a medical assisting program at a local vocational school. After teaching the coding and billing programs for several years, Nancy left that position to teach medical terminology at a minimum-security women's prison, a local hospital, and a night program at a community college.
In 2000, Nancy was once again teaching billing and coding programs when she decided to take a position in patient registration with one of Pittsburgh's leading trauma centers. This position led to an offer from a digital transcription company to help train new clients.
In 2007, Nancy was hired by a CMS subcontractor to audit medical records for reimbursement, and she holds this position currently. For this position, Nancy also obtained a national coding certification. Through all of these career moves, Nancy credits her knowledge of medical terminology as the most important factor in allowing her to secure each position and succeed at the job. She is passionate about showing others how medical terminology can provide a lifetime of job opportunities in a wide range of career paths.
Medical Transcription Instructors
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.
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 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.
5. Do I have to buy additional materials?
All materials are included. The cost of materials will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials via UPS ground service upon registration.
6. Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go programs are non-credit programs, so they don't qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehabilitation or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our programs.
7. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Can this program be taken on a Mac?
The required work for this program cannot be completed using a Mac; it is recommended that students use a PC.
12. 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.
13. 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.
I enjoyed the ability to complete the course and still work and raise my children.- M.N., Santa Fe College
I enjoyed everything in this course, especially typing reports.- F.G., Kennesaw State University
The learning process was easy and understandable. The facilitator made notes on my reports, showing how I can improve.- M.L., St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
My facilitators were always there to help me when I had questions and were very friendly. I have taken other online courses before and these were by far my favorite. Everything was easy to follow and understand.- J.M., Ivy Tech Community College-East Central
I had previously taken a Medical Terminology/Medical Transcription course through a different school, which I did not complete. Your course was more understandable and your course also came with the foot and headset to operate the audio files. Much more realistic than the previous course which only cassette tapes.- J.L., Polytechnic State University
I enjoyed developing a friendship with my instructor. I appreciated all the helpful information she gave me. She corrected my errors, but never made me feel bad about a mistake.- P.W., Kennesaw State University
I enjoyed that I had the ability to do it at my own pace while maintaining my full-time job. My facilitator was prompt in grading and providing comments.- N.M., Eastern Shore Community College
It was a very pleasurable experience. I learned a lot through the practice transcriptions. I liked that I was able to see the correct answers before I handed in the work. Through this method I could see my mistakes and learn from them. My facilitator was great and the support I received was excellent.- G.F., Huntingdon County CTC
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