Medical Transcription Program students must be officially admitted to the program. The Medical Transcription Program prepares the student for entry-level employment as a medical transcriptionist in a variety of healthcare settings or as a self-employed transcriptionist. The medical transcriptionist is a specialist who interprets and transcribes dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals in order to document patient care.
In the program, students apply the following:
- Typing and word processing skills.
- Spelling, editing, and proofreading.
- Medical terminology used in medical reports, surgical procedures, drugs, instruments and laboratory tests.
- Terms related to human anatomy, physiology and patho physiology.
- English grammar, structure and style.
- Medical transcription forms, styles and practices.
- Medical and surgical reference materials.
The courses designated as Medical Transcription are designed to give the student experience transcribing dictation from medical specialties such as Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Pulmonary Medicine, Urology, Pathology, Radiology and other healthcare dictation. Students may elect to complete the program in three semesters (fall, winter, and spring) or on a part-time basis.
Students who satisfactorily complete the required curriculum qualify for a Certificate of Program completion.
Upon completion of two-three years of experience in performing medical transcription in a variety of medical and surgical specialties, a qualified medical transcriptionist may take the certification examination offered by the American Association of Medical Transcription. Successful completion of the examination entitles an individual to be recognized as a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT).