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Medical Transcriptionist Training

Medical Transcription Estimated Time of Completion

Estimated Length of program:
6-9 months, self-paced

Medical Transcription Certification (CPCT/A)

Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist RHDS

Medical Transcription Estimated Time of Completion

Program Goal:
To prepare students to take the RHDS certification exam and gain entry-level employment as a Medical Transcriptionist.

Program Outcomes

The Medical Transcription and Editing Course contains theoretical and practical instruction that prepares students to transcribe and edit medical reports. Students will be trained in specific medical report formats, punctuation and medical terminology used in the field. From that solid base of knowledge, students then prepare actual medical reports that meet professional standards under the direction of qualified instructors. Students who complete the course will have solid medical transcription and editing training, including pathology and radiology specialties. The documents that students transcribe and edit clearly demonstrate competency to perform entry-level, medical transcription work.

The coursework trains students to:

  • Describe the roles, average day, personal qualities, and desirable character traits of various healthcare professionals.
  • Apply medical terminology, anatomy and disease process to effectively interact with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Apply rules of capitalization, punctuation and grammar usage to medical documentation.
  • Recognize the importance of documentation in both traditional and electronic records.
  • Identify the language of pharmacy, systems of measurement and information in the clinical laboratory.
  • Apply legal knowledge to the medical field, including confidentiality and ethics.
  • Describe the laws and rules related to the release of information and consent.
  • Identify computer privacy, security and ethical issues.
  • Recognize the various types of medical reports used in medical transcription and editing.
  • Apply the skills to create medical records using speech recognition technology.
  • Transcribe and edit medical reports in proper formats for a variety of medical specialties.
  • Create medical letters for healthcare professionals.
  • Identify organizations and certifications available to the medical editing and transcription field.
Online Medical Transcription school training outcomes


Instruction Pack I: Introduction to Medical Transcription and Editing

In Pack 1, students study proper English usage, including the rules of grammar, punctuation and style and use of correct spelling and logical sentence structure. They discover medical language and its structure, including prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, root words, plurals, abbreviations, acronyms, eponyms, homonyms and antonyms. Students use and evaluate the reliability of related grammar and style references and other resources for research and practice.

Instruction Pack II: Medical Records, Anatomy and Ethics

After learning the role of medical records and basics of electronic records, students will be introduced to the basics of anatomy, learning terms and definitions along the way. Students will discover the anatomy and function of cells and tissues, and then learn the basics of organs and organ systems while expanding and applying their knowledge of medical terms and abbreviations. Students explore disease processes and the language of the pharmacy and clinical laboratory. Finally, students explore medical ethics and legal issues, as well as the laws and rules related to releasing information and consent.

Instruction Pack III: Transcribing and Editing Skills I

In Pack 3, students begin by exploring computer privacy, security and ethical issues. After learning the about the various types of medical reports and speech recognition technology, students will practice deciphering dictation errors, correct transcription errors and explore artifacts and tricks for understanding unfamiliar accents. After learning the fine art of proofreading, students explore the integumentary, neurological and musculoskeletal systems from the perspective of the medical transcriptionist or editor—anatomy and physiology terms, medications, tests and procedures used to treat these disorders. Then students transcribe and edit chart notes, H&P reports and consultation reports for these systems. This pack wraps up with transcribing and editing chart notes and Big Four reports for cardiovascular, immune, respiratory gastrointestinal diseases.

Instruction Pack IV: Transcribing and Editing Skills II

In this pack, students discover the anatomical and physiological terms related to genitourinary, reproductive and endocrine systems from the perspective of the medical transcriptionist or editor, as well as medications, tests and procedures used to treat these disorders. Students also explore pediatrics and neuropsychiatry terminology, equipment, pharmaceuticals and tests. Students work with actual surgeons’ dictation to transcribe and edit operative reports. Operative reports state findings, actions taken, technical data and the results of surgical operations. Students study pathology and diagnostic imaging, as well as create medical correspondence for healthcare professionals. Finally, student examine the organizations and certifications available to the medical transcriptionist and editor before taking the final exam for the course.

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