Course Code: GES113
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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.