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2017-2018 General Catalog and Student Handbook 
2017-2018 General Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Transcription Short Certificate

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Medical transcriptionists are vital members of the professional healthcare team. Medical transcriptionists provide an important service to both health care providers and health care consumers by transcribing (typing) dictated medical reports that document a wide range of information about patients. This may include office chart notes, history and physical examinations, consultations, letters, memos, admission notes, discharge summaries, operative reports, laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. Medical transcriptionists transcribe reports from a variety of medical specialties which becomes a part of a patient’s permanent healthcare record.

Medical transcriptionists need extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pharmacology, human diseases, surgical procedures, diagnostic studies, and laboratory tests to produce an accurate and complete medical legal document. Medical transcriptionists must have appropriate English, punctuation and grammar skills. The medical transcriptionist job, previously called medical steno and medical transcriber, continues to evolve with healthcare documentation requirements and technology advancements.

Our medical transcription program is a certificate program consisting of 26 credit hours. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in various settings including, but not limited to, hospitals insurance companies, mental health facilities, nursing homes, physician offices, laboratories and other healthcare facilities. In addition, the new trend for medical transcriptionists is to work from their home.

Upon successfully completing the program, the student is awarded a Certificate in Medical Transcription. The student will then be eligible to take the national certification examination, which is given by the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT). Upon passing, the student will become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT).

Admission Professional Phase

Enrollment is limited to space available. Minimum requirements for consideration are as follows:

Application to the College.

  1. Application to the Medical Transcription program. (Upon Request).
  2. Transcript of all previous college work.
  3. Demonstration of typing ability based on a five (5) minute timed typing skills test to be administered by program faculty.
  4. “C” or better in each prerequisite course.
  5. Personal interview with a committee may be required.

Prerequisite Courses

The courses are required prior to receiving the Medical Short-Term Transcription Certificate and may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses may be offered during the day, evening, or online.

The Medical Transcriptionist is the medical language specialist who interprets and transcribes dictation by physicians and other health care professionals regarding patient assessment, work up, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, prognosis, etc. in order to document patient care and facilitate delivery of health care services. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in medical record departments, ancillary service departments, physician offices and other health care facilities.

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