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Certified Medical Transcriptionist

Medical transcription is a vital part of the patient care process. Professionals in this role are making a difference to the patients who depends on accurate medical documentation of their diagnosis and care, and to employers who depend on highly qualified and reliable specialists to complete their work in a precise and timely manner. Medical transcriptionists, sometimes referred to as healthcare documentation specialists, create reports and other administrative documents from dictated audio recordings from physicians and other healthcare providers.

In the Certified Medical Transcriptionist course, you will develop skills using online simulations and learn about speech recognition software and its impact on the medical transcription industry. In addition to transcribing, you will learn how to edit information for grammatical errors and ensure the correct, proper usage of medical terms in a patient’s records. You learn the importance of maintaining confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA and reporting accuracy in accordance with the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). You will also receive in depth training on medical terminology relating to anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, and the internal organization of medical reports.

During this course, you will put into practice your knowledge of proper transcription formatting and medical terminology through case studies that cover a wide variety of medical situations. You will practice transcribing real medical reports that include medical procedures and treatments; consultations; operative, pharmacology, and radiology reports; and death and discharge summaries. This intensive hands-on training will help you develop your listening, attention to detail and time management skills, which are strong qualities that employers are looking for from candidates.

6 Months / 195 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Central Michigan University

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Instructor-led

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Certified Medical Transcriptionist

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES174

What You Will Learn
  • Describe the importance of maintaining the confidential nature of medical reports
  • Transcribe medical reports using correct report format and correct capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, symbols, and metric measurements
  • Correctly spell English and medical terms in addition to abbreviations, either by memory or by using a dictionary or reference book
  • Identify the knowledge, skills, abilities, and responsibilities required of medical transcriptionists
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open Enrollment, begin anytime
  • 195 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn the proper format to transcribe doctors’ notes into medical reports
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality & accuracy
  • Gain hands-on experience via case studies covering a variety of medical situations

Outline

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Medical Transcription

Lesson 1: The Medical Transcription Industry
An introduction to the medical transcription industry.

Lesson 2: The Medical Record: Confidentiality and Legal Issues
In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the confidential nature of medical records, and how HIPAA applies to the role of the Healthcare Documentation Specialist.

Lesson 3: English Language Basics for the MT
When changing the spoken word to the written word, knowledge of English grammar and punctuation, is vital. In this lesson, you will brush up on your English grammar and punctuation.

Lesson 4: Understanding Medical Terminology – A Refresher
A good understanding of medical terminology is crucial as you prepare to transcribe dictation into words. In this lesson, we will review word building methods and recognize the components of some common medical words.  

Lesson 5: Mastering Common Medical Terms
In this lesson, you will learn many of the common medical terms used most often and get a chance to practice them through fun games.

Lesson 6: Pharmacology
In this lesson, we will introduce you to the science behind pharmacology. You will be given an overview of the medication names, dosages, routes of administration, accepted and unaccepted abbreviations, and how to make sure the medication is transcribed accurately in the context of the medical report. 

Lesson 7: Report Types and Formatting Standards
The purpose of this lesson is to help you understand the role of the HDS in maintaining the integrity and professional content of the medical record.  You will be provided with an overview of report types, report components, and report formatting. 

Lesson 8: Transcription Rules and Formatting Guidelines
In this lesson, we continue to concentrate on report formatting, an important part of transcribing professional reports.  The chapters in this lesson will help you learn about formatting guidelines, medical terminology abbreviations, and the use of different styles of numbers.

Lesson 9: Preparing to Transcribe
This lesson will prepare you for actual transcription of medical dictation by reviewing your workspace and necessary equipment, practicing the three-pass technique, recognizing what content to edit without changing context of a report, and finally checking your work.

MIDTERM

Lesson 10: Case Study 1 – Reproductive System
It is time to begin transcribing physician-dictated reports. In Case Study 1 – Reproductive System, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary followed by emphasis on listening to voice files and transcribing what is heard. You will begin using your reference materials and editing and proofreading skills to produce accurate and well-formatted medical reports. 

Lesson 11: Case Study 2 – The Gastrointestinal System
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 12: Case Study 3 – The Cardiopulmonary System
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 13: Case Study 4 – Pediatric Neurology/Orthopedics Systems
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 14: Case Study 5 – Psychology/Neurology System
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 15: Case Study 6 – Reproductive System/Mammary Glands
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 16: Case Study 7 – Orthopedics/Endocrine Systems
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 17: Case Study 8 – Vascular/Renal Systems
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 18: Case Study 9 – Musculoskeletal System
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 19: Case Study 10 – Respiratory System
In this lesson, you will focus on the terminology in the glossary. You will then transcribe the voice files followed by editing and proofreading your reports.

Lesson 20: Transcribing Quali-Care Reports 1-5
In this lesson, you will transcribe chronic care medical reports that relate to various medical specialties. These reports demonstrate variations in style, format and content.

Lesson 21: Transcribing Quali-Care Reports 6-10
In this lesson, you will transcribe chronic care medical reports that relate to various medical specialties. These reports demonstrate variations in style, format and content.

Lesson 22: Transcribing Quali-Care Reports 11-15
In this lesson, you will transcribe chronic care medical reports that relate to various medical specialties. These reports demonstrate variations in style, format and content.

Lesson 23: Transcribing Quali-Care Reports 16-20
In this lesson, you will transcribe chronic care medical reports that relate to various medical specialties. These reports demonstrate variations in style, format and content.

Lesson 24: Transcribing Quali-Care Reports 21-25
In this lesson, you will transcribe chronic care medical reports that relate to various medical specialties. These reports demonstrate variations in style, format and content.

Lesson 25: Speech Recognition Editing and Proofreading
This lesson covers speech recognition technology and editing

Lesson 26: Speech Recognition Editing Exercises 1-10
In this lesson, you will edit reports created from speech recognition software using the methods and skills learned in Lesson 25.

Lesson 27: Speech Recognition Editing Exercises 11-20
In this lesson, you will edit reports created from speech recognition software using the methods and skills learned in Lesson 25.

Lesson 28: Proofreading Exercises
In this lesson, you will proofread reports without associated audio files, using the skills discussed in previous lessons

Lesson 29: How to Find a Job in Medical Transcription and Editing

FINAL EXAM

Medical Terminology

        I.    A Foundation in Medical Terminology
                    A.    The Fundamentals of Medical Terminology
                    B.    Overview of the Human Body
                    C.    Practicing What You’ve Learned
        II.    The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
                    A.    Overview of the Skeletal System
                    B.    Overview of the Muscular System
                    C.    Practicing What You’ve Learned
        III.    The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
                    A.    Overview of the Cardiovascular System
                    B.    Overview of the Respiratory System
                    C.    Practicing What You’ve Learned
        IV.    The Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems
                    A.    Overview of the Digestive System
                    B.    Overview of the Urinary System
                    C.    Overview of the Reproductive System
                    D.    Practicing What You’ve Learned
        V.    Nervous and Integumentary Systems and Special Senses
                    A.    Overview of the Nervous System
                    B.    Overview of the Integumentary System
                    C.    Overview of Special Senses
                    D.    Practicing What You’ve Learned
        VI.    The Lymphatic, Immune, and Endocrine Systems
                    A.    Overview of the Lymphatic System
                    B.    Overview of the Immune System
                    C.    Overview of the Endocrine System
                    D.    Practicing What You’ve Learned

Instructors & Support

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.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

When enrolling in this course, please take Medical Terminology as the first section, prior to taking Medical Transcription.

You should be proficient in keyboarding. Accuracy is initially most important, but some jobs pay based on production, so speed will become a factor

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • ExpressScribe software. Download it here: nch.com.au
  • Microsoft Word 2013 or later.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials and supplies required for this course are included in enrollment. The following will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Hillcrest Medical Center: Healthcare Documentation & Medical Transcription, 8th edition
  • Medical Abbreviations
  • The Dictated Word
  • Grammar and Punctuation Guide
  • Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th edition
  • AltoEdge USB foot pedal and Transcriber Headphones

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

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

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, the course prepares you to take the AHDI Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

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

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be prepared to take the AHDI RHDS certification exam.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

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