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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 our 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, we 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
Open Enrollment

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Medical Transcription

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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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
How the course is taught
  • You are provided 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.

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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.

Prerequisites / Requirements

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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How do you become a medical transcriptionist from home?

You can train to become a medical transcriptionist from home by pursuing online coursework and gaining clerical experience remotely. Because the responsibilities you’ll encounter in this career can be practiced online and on a desktop, your career training can too. The skills you learn in a medical transcriptionist online training program like ed2go’s courses will prepare you to work in hospitals, medical offices, or even from a remote workspace. The main task in the role is converting physicians’ voice recordings and sometimes hand-written or typed notes into finalized medical documents. To prepare for this important work, you’ll need to enroll in courses that cover medical terminology and abbreviations, speech recognition technology, and confidentiality laws and procedures.

No college degrees or background in medicine is necessary, but some basic knowledge of human anatomy, word processing, and database navigation will be helpful additions to your transcription skillset. Our medical transcription courses include digital transcription equipment and software, so all you need is time and desire to learn new skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical transcriptionists earned a median salary of $35,720 in 2016, which is higher than the median salary for high school graduates without college educations. With the right foundational training, there’s room for professional and salary growth in other medical careers such as medical billing and coding.

How long does it take to train as a medical transcriptionist?

It takes up to six months to train to become a medical transcriptionist online. During your preparation for the certification, you’ll learn applicable skills like medical transcription, terminology, and transcription technology. If you enroll in this online course, you can work at your own pace. Six months is simply the time limit, but if you want to complete your training faster, you have the freedom to do the coursework when and where you’re able. That means you could even enroll in medical transcription training while you’re changing locations, caring for a family, or pursuing a job.

Many people find that 6 months is more than enough time to complete all 240 course hours. You could finish your career training early, but there’s no need to rush this learning experience if you have other time obligations or need the time to process new information. This career path begins at entry level, and you’ll have many years to grow professionally once you’ve made this 6-month time investment. If you do decide to work through the course quickly, you’ll have all you need to learn efficiently and effectively, from expert curriculum to digital transcription equipment like you’ll use in your new career.    

What qualifications do you need to be a medical transcriptionist?

The qualifications needed to become a medical transcriptionist include career training and soft skills, like experience with word processing and accurate typing. You can complete the career training through a certificate preparation course, or by earning an associate’s degree in medical transcription. The degree will take up to 2 years and includes other general education requirements, whereas earning your certificate will include more focused topics. This course of study covers an introduction to the technology and job tasks as well as very detailed medical and anatomical terminology and report writing best practices.

If you already have a degree, a medical transcription certificate is a great option, because it’s a shorter time commitment than returning to college, and you won’t have to review or transfer general courses you’ve already completed. Beyond the credentials, this career path does not have additional qualification requirements, so you can be ready to apply for positions with confidence in a relatively short time. Of course, knowledge of human anatomy will make this training easier for you, but you’ll learn everything you need to know once you begin your career education.      

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

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

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.

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 don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators 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 with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) 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.
How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 598-3856. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

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 course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

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