Become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists serve a vital purpose in documenting patient diagnoses and care during medical procedures. If you are interested in becoming a valuable and sought-after member of a healthcare team, this 100% online course will train you for a career as a Certified Medical Transcriptionist.
Job Outlook for Certified Medical Transcriptionist
- The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the demand for transcription services to grow steadily between now and 2029. As technology such as speech-to-text software improves, experts encourage transcriptionists to pursue specializations in fields that feature unique terminology and which value accuracy, such as healthcare.
- The BLS states that medical transcriptionists earn $16.05 per hour or $33,380 per year. According to PayScale.com, lead transcriptionists earn $19 per hour or more.
Certified Medical Transcriptionist FAQs
What does a certified medical transcriptionist do?
Medical transcriptionists, who are sometimes called health documentation specialists, provide written records of the spoken dialogue between healthcare professionals and their patients. They ensure that proper medical terms and accurate recitations appear in patient records.
Is certification important for medical transcriptionists?
The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, which administers the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam, states that certification sends a “clear signal” to the entire healthcare system that a transcriptionist has undergone rigorous and meaningful professional preparation. This course includes a voucher for the RHDS exam.
Can certified medical transcriptionists work remotely?
Because medical transcription involves digital recording and word processing tools, medical transcription is considered an excellent career work-from-home or remote opportunities.
- Describe the importance of maintaining the confidential nature of medical reports
- Transcribe medical reports using correct report format and correct capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, symbols, and metric measurements
- Correctly spell English and medical terms in addition to abbreviations, either by memory or by using a dictionary or reference book
- Identify the knowledge, skills, abilities, and responsibilities required of medical transcriptionists
- Learn the proper format to transcribe doctors’ notes into medical reports
- Understand the importance of confidentiality & accuracy
Gain hands-on experience via case studies covering a variety of medical situations
Prerequisites and Requirements
When enrolling in this course, please take Medical Terminology as the first section, prior to taking Medical Transcription.
You should be proficient in keyboarding. Accuracy is initially most important, but some jobs pay based on production, so speed will become a factor.
I. Introduction to Medical Terminology
II. The Musculoskeletal System
III. The Cardiovascular System
IV. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
V. The Respiratory System
VI. The Digestive System
VII. The Urinary System
VIII. The Nervous System
IX. The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
X. The Integumentary System
XI. The Endocrine System
XII. The Reproductive System
XIII. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
I. The Medical Transcription Industry
II. The Medical Record: Confidentiality and Legal Issues
III. English Language Basics for the MT
IV. Understanding Medical Terminology – a Refresher
V. Mastering Common Medical Terms
VII. Report Types and Formatting Standards
VIII. Transcription Rules and Formatting Guidelines
IX. Preparing to Transcribe
Case Study 1 – Reproductive System
Case Study 2 – The Gastrointestinal System
Case Study 3 – The Cardiopulmonary System
Case Study 4 – Pediatric Neurology/Orthopedics Systems
Case Study 5 – Psychology/Neurology System
Jennifer Della’Zanna has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked as a medical transcriptionist, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She writes courses and study guides on the use of technology in health care and regularly contributes to publications about health issues. Della’Zanna is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albright College.
Registration and Enrollment
This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin any time.