One question that is often asked is “What type of background does it help to have to become a medical transcriptionist?”
When pondering a new career, it’s a good idea to have some type of general knowledge and/or experience in what you’ll be doing. But of course this isn’t always the case. With the present economy, a lot of individuals are working in jobs they weren’t trained to work in nor were educated for. Whether you have a background in health care or not, the right Medical Transcription training program will more than prepare you. Upon completion of your course, you should be able to start work immediately. That’s how extensive your training should be!
Medical transcription education courses will refresh you in English grammar, but you’ll also learn medical transcription, anatomy and physiology, keyboarding, various medical specialties, and transcribe hundreds of actual dictated reports. Having some knowledge of any of these things is a plus.
Here are a few areas that will benefit your studies and enable you to excel in your MT training:
Experience working in the health care field as a; nurse, health-unit coordinator (unit clerk), medical record analyst, medical assistant, physician, physician’s assistant, medical coder or anyone with previous experience in clinical and non-clinical health care will be a great asset to the medical transcription field.
Also, if you have a strong interest in science, biology, and an overall interest in the human body and its systems, love computers and would like to work in health care, medical transcription might be the career for you. Do not stress about your background or place emphasis on your lack of knowledge of anything medical, the proper training will prepare you for a career as a Medical Transcriptionist.
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Medical transcription is a very interesting and rewarding career. People become motivated about medical transcription for many different reasons; they become medical transcriptionists so they can WORK FROM HOME, earn a great income, avoid long commutes and costly daycare, have job security in a growing market, or enjoy more quality time with family. Whatever your personal reasons for looking into medical transcription, know that Career Step is your best resource for training and support to prepare you to confidently step into a new career as a medical transcriptionist.
Benefits of Becoming a Medical Transcriptionist
Job security in a growing market
Rewarding, interesting work
High demand and high income
Comfortable, home-based career
The Job of the Medical Transcriptionist
What Medical Transcriptionists Do
Medical transcriptionists translate doctor-dictated audio files into an electronic typed format for documentation. Generally, medical transcriptionists sit at a computer and listen to audio files through a headset and type the dictation into a word processor. Career Step's Medical Transcription Training Program has an abundance of actual doctor-dictated audio files that you will transcribe. As you go through the course, you will be doing real medical transcription work. Career Step training prepares you for the "real world" of medical transcription.
Work From Home!
Because of the nature of the work, most medical transcriptionists are able to work from home. A recent survey of medical transcriptionists in the United States indicated that approximately 83% of all transcriptionists work at home. Let Career Step's quality Medical Transcription Training Program help you learn the secrets of working at home and making a great income.
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Most online MT programs allow a year to two years to complete. However, if more time is needed, you can always file an extension. Medical transcription programs that are taught at local colleges usually require a year to two years to complete. The type of degree that is awarded upon completion also determines the amount of time it takes to complete. Some colleges have broadened their scope of training. They don’t just teach Medical Transcription. Some colleges have adapted to the title of Health Services or Medical Office Administration. These associate degree programs will require two years of study.
With an A.A. degree course, you’ll have to take general core classes before beginning those that are degree specific, along with electives. One of the colleges near me requires completion in the following courses before you can become a medical transcriptionist:
English Comp I & II
Spreadsheet Concepts for Business
Intro to Health Information Management
Health Care Law
Intro to Health Care Delivery System
Principles of Management
Human Resource Management
Professional Development in the Work Environment
Microsoft Word for Windows
MS Office Pro
Electives (choose 10 credit hours)
Principles of Financial Accounting
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I & II
Intro to Business
Health Information Systems
Health Care Billing & Reimbursement
Medical Coding for the Health Care Industry
Concepts of Disease
Medical Transcription I & II
Keep in mind that not all institutions of higher learning require such intensive study. Some teach just the minimal amount of information needed where they can receive funding. Yet and still, you’re left without your hard earned money and proper training. If you intend to further your education beyond that of an A.A. or if you would one day become a medical transcription department manager or Health Information director, this two year degree course is just the thing for you. You may even want to become a RHIT (registered health information technician). But, if your desire is to train in the shortest amount of time and become an employed medical transcriptionist, Career Step is the perfect place to train and here’s why!
The A.A. degree course will prepare you for a broad range of jobs in the heath information management field. You can become a medical transcriptionist with the A.A. degree but as stated, it will take two years to complete. And that’s if you attend full time. Career Step focuses on the meat and potatoes of transcription. You will learn exactly what you need to know to transcribe. As a working full-time MT, you won’t need to know business law. Here is what Career Step will teach you. In a year or less you can be working as a medical transcriptionist.
Technology & the Medical Professional
Medical Word Building
Grammar & Punctuation
Anatomy & Physiology Block I & II
Mastering Medical Language
Focus on Medical Specialties
Perfect the Text
Introduction to Transcription
Basic Acute Care
Advanced Acute Care
Final Exam Preparation
Note the focus of the Career Step course, the human body and transcription. Did you know that the Career Step course was created by actual medical transcriptionists? Who better to learn from? Sometimes we fear things that aren’t tangible and wonder how good a course is that’s learned online from people we’ve never met. The creator of Career Step (Andrea Anaya) shares her experience and knowledge of the MT world. I invite you to request the FREE information packet to see what Career Step is all about. Just think, six months from now you can be working in your pajamas!