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Explore a Career in Medical Transcription

Take your first step toward a lucrative career as a medical transcriptionist! In this course, you'll learn how to transcribe the most common medical reports used in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The knowledge you acquire in this course will help prepare you to work almost anywhere in the medical field—doctors' offices, clinics, public health facilities, and hospitals.  

You will learn the nine main report types—their formatting requirements, the components of each one, and how they are used in the clinical setting. You will review grammar points in every lesson, pointing out important elements that will make your reports perfect. You'll also gain important clinical knowledge of major disease processes that are essential to enhance your skill as a medical documentation specialist. By the end of this course, you'll know the basic report types, have clinical knowledge of major diseases, be able to correct grammar from dictated reports on the fly, and know the next steps you'll need to take! 

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Explore a Career in Medical Transcription Details + Objective

Course Code: mt1

You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of medical transcription and associated medical terminology
  • Discover the opportunities and career options associated with medical transcription
  • Acquire the grammar, formatting, and editing skills you need to be successful in the field
  • Examine the common types of medical reports and practice with a variety of possible challenges
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain the skills and confidence you need for successful entry into a growing set of career options
  • Learn the secrets to being an active listener and develop a number of skills useful in almost any field of work
  • Acquire helpful clinical and medical terminology that is the foundation to a number of lucrative careers in the healthcare industry
Explore a Career in Medical Transcription Outline
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Week 1

Learn the history of medical transcription as a career. You will find out how the field has evolved into its modern form, and you'll explore the various skills and aptitudes that you'll need to succeed as a professional medical transcriptionist. Then, learn about the hardware and software that today's MTs use on the job. 

Week 2

Learn some specific tips about pathology reports and how to handle numbers and measurements. You will practice transcribing a medical letter and a pathology report. Then, learn how to listen most effectively while practicing transcribing. 

Week 3

Focus on the importance of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation in the medical transcription field. Then, learn to follow editorial directions in spelling, capitalization, and typographical display.

Week 4

Examine medical terminology and understand its role in the field of medical transcription. Then, learn how to break up your reports into sections with headings, subheadings, special line spacing, page breaks, and other formatting niceties. You will take a closer look at ways you can make your work easier by using word processing shortcuts, auto text, macros, and templates.

Week 5

Learn all about the essential step of editing and proofreading your work. Then, examine classification systems and their transcription foibles. You will also discuss methods for discharge and death summaries.

Week 6

Learn about clinical issues related to infections, cells, and blood. You will have the chance to implement this knowledge by transcribing an autopsy report. Finally, discuss all the different ways you can work as a medical transcriber—everything from being an independent contractor all the way up to consultant work. You will also learn about additional training opportunities.

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Explore a Career in Medical Transcription Instructors
Jennifer Della'Zanna

Jennifer Della'Zanna graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree. With 15 years' experience in the healthcare industry, she has worked as a medical transcriptionist, receptionist, medical assistant, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She has written and edited courses and study guides on medical coding, transcription, and using technology in health care. She regularly writes feature articles about health issues for online and print publications. Jennifer is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that students have prior knowledge of medical terminology and touch-typing before enrolling in this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP and later operating systems and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers. (Although Firefox or Chrome is preferred). Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Explore a Career in Medical Transcription Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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