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Medical Transcriptionist (on-line course)

Enjoy the benefits of working in the health care field where you're a vital part of a doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. As a medical transcriptionist you turn the audio recordings of physicians into printed or computer-based reports which are then added to the patients' medical records. Diagnoses, decisions about future treatment, and more may be based on these records. That's why medical transcription is one of the fastest growing careers in the healthcare field.

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Quality training will be the key to your success as a medical transcriptionist. Unlike other programs, Career Choices does not use a random compilation of unrelated textbooks and materials in its training. It is a unique training package consisting of a custom-designed curriculum that utilizes a programmed learning approach to the major skill areas of medical transcription. It was created exclusively by working MT professionals to enable students to establish recognized competence in this field. Every concept builds upon the next, making learning easier and fun!

Through this outstanding on-line course, you will be able to gain the skills necessary to enter this exciting field in as little as six months. And best of all -- you can do it in your own home at your own pace! The unique, focused curriculum teaches the basic skills the career requires: typing, grammar, anatomy and physiology, terminology, pharmacology, medical word-building, abbreviations, Latin plurals, and medical specialties. It includes hours of practice using real dictation.

Your enrollment includes everything you need:

- Enrollment for a full year
- All course materials on-line - Course units are divided into lessons and sessions, each session designed to be about two hours in length -- a total of approximately 450 hours. Includes Stedman's full-size medical dictionary, medical/surgical word book, Saunders Pharmaceutical Word Book, and flash cards
- Automated grading and test score storage
- Integrated Medical terminology pronunciation
- Student support services
- Practice transcription using modern Wav file technology. Your computer becomes a "transcriber" using a PC transcription foot pedal and WavPlayer software included with the course.

Transcription modules provide students with the most current terminology, medications, and technology available in medicine, so they are better prepared for the actualities of a working environment. The modules contain 22 total hours of actual dictation which cover clinic notes, radiology, pathology, emergency room reports, radiation therapy, cardiac catherterizations, history and physicals, consultations, operation reports, and discharge summaries in a wide variety of medical specialities--including, but not limited to, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, oral surgery, ENT, pediatrics, neurology, ophthalmology, and orthopedics.

All you need is a computer, an Internet service provider, and a strong commitment to succeed. For those unable to access a computer, a limited number of computers are available at Career Choices on which students may take the course.

Job Opportunities

The big question is: Will I be able to get a job when I finish this course? Transcription is one of the fastest growing careers there is and is in extremely high demand right now. There are literally thousands of jobs available across the country. In fact, Career Choices has partnered with MedQuist (one of the largest employers of medical transcriptionists) who is ready to hire top transcriptionists completing the program through its Partners in Education program, where tuition reimbursement may be available to qualifying individuals.

Medical transcription is a career that appeals to many individuals because it may be done in a medical setting or at home. Even though transcription has been done remotely in the past, in recent years improvements in telecommunications and digital technology have made accomplishing at-home work in this field even easier. Unfortunately, the pool of qualified, trained medical transcription professionals is declining, and at an alarming rate, so the potential for those with good skills is great.

Working at home means being at home. When you work at home and set your own schedule, you enjoy many benefits such as not worrying about expensive child care, avoiding automobile maintenance costs and gasoline, spending money on a professional wardrobe; and best of all -- you get to spend your time and money on the things that matter most in your life!

Questions & Answers

What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

Medical Transcriptionists (MTs) are specialists in medical language and healthcare documentation who interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding patient assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, prognosis, etc., editing dictated material for grammar and clarity as necessary and appropriate.

What characteristics do I need to become a Medical Transcriptionist?

You need excellent English language skills, as well as a strong interest in the medical language. You need good hearing acuity and listening ability. You need reasonable keyboarding skills and be able to work for long hours, often in a high-pressure environment. A high level of concentration for extended periods of time is also important.

Where do medical transcriptionists work?

Medical transcriptionists work primarily in hopsitals, clinics, physician offices, transcription services, insurance companies, and home healthcare agencies. Many MTs work in their homes as independent contractors or subcontractors, and more and more as home-based employees.

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