October 6, 2022

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Certified Medical Transcriptionist


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.

Course Objectives

  • 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

VI.          Pharmacology

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
Final Exam


Jennifer Della’Zanna
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.