This course exceeded my expectations. It was everything I was looking for and more. A++ for the instructor. I completed the Medical Secretary Training ( a 9-month course) at a technical college ~ 20 years ago and wanted to see how the industry changed, brush up my skills and decide if this was a career for me. Jennifer is so pleasantly willing to present a vast of array of resources, details, nuances, considerations, and experiences. I have taken a few on-line courses and this by far was the best one."
This course gave me information that I did not know even though I've been a medical transcriptionist for almost 9 years. I always learned something new in each lesson and was very informative. The resources given to you for future reference are very useful as well. I enjoyed taking this refresher course and would definitely recommend it to friends and family."
I've taken a few ed2go courses, and this has been my favorite one. More than in any of the other courses, each individual lesson felt like something really substantial that packed the maximum amount of information into a concise form. Jennifer Della'Zanna has a perfectly engaging writing style and manages to organize a pretty dense amount of data combining both a general purview of the medical field and the specifics of the transcriptionist's trade. The assignments that allow one to download audio dictation samples to work with also give a good feel for the demands of the profession right from the very beginning."
I really enjoyed this course. The instructor was very knowledgeable and informative. She made the material interesting and easy to digest. I particularly enjoyed the practice corners - information one can use in one's life whether working as an MT or not. I would recommend this course and instructor to anyone interested in this subject."
I have been a nurse for 24 years with previous MT training. This course is excellent! The information contained within will make your MT experience much easier, faster and so much more enjoyable."
Fantastic course and instructor! The content was so much more than just the mechanics of medical transcription. I feel like I got my money's worth ten times over from this class. Immensely educational and enjoyable - and you can't say that about too many classes."
I was truly very impressed with this course. Having a nursing background really helped because this course was quite challenging in a positive way. I really enjoyed the material, both the medical and grammar components. The computer formatting advice was greatly appreciated. I will definitely recommend this course and hope to continue with an advanced course, if it is available. It would be my greatest pleasure if I could find employment in this field. Thank you very much."
Two thumps up! Jennifer Della'Zanna was an excellent instructor who presented an excellent course. Her depth of knowledge in medical transcription as well as her knowledge of medical conditions...had me looking forward to Wednesdays and Fridays just so I could learn something new about the field of medical transcription. I have acquired enough information that will allow me to practice what I have learned long after this course ends."
This course was excellent! The best online course I've taken. It was extremely well organized and the information was presented in a very logical way that was easy to understand. The course gives you all the information you need to determine whether you want to pursue a job in the MT field. The links and resources are excellent. Thank you, Jennifer."
Course Code: mt1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.