Medical Transcriptionist Career Prep

440 Hours / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced

Course Overview:

A medical transcriptionist is an integral part of a healthcare team.  Transcriptionists must be familiar with the terminology used in every medical specialty and must be able to produce the documents and reports required by each specialty in a professional and competent manner. These reports are the foundation of patient care and not only comprise a patient’s complete record, but also track a patient’s medical history and determine any future treatment.  This course identifies the specific knowledge, skills, and education required for medical transcriptionists and outlines the responsibilities associated with the occupation. Students who complete this course will be well prepared for careers in the medical transcription field, whether they choose to work in private physicians’ offices, clinics or hospital settings, or as self-employed medical transcription entrepreneurs.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Medical Transcription Fundamentals

In this lesson, you will receive an introduction to Medical Transcription.  First, you will learn about the basics of medical transcription and medical transcription editing, as well as the role of technology in transcription.  From there, you will review basic medical terminology so that you are better able to understand what you are transcribing.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of the field of medical transcription and the different services transcriptionists and transcription editors provide.

Lesson 2: Medical Specialties

In this lesson, you will learn about medical specialties such as surgery, pharmacology, and laboratory studies.  You will learn the importance of each specialty and the procedures and equipment used in each area.  You will also learn how to transcribe procedures for each specialty.

Lesson 3: Dermatology and Ophthalmology

In this lesson, and the lessons that follow, you will begin to learn about transcribing for the specialties.  Each lesson will provide information on two or three of the specialties, with examples of how to code for each.  This lesson will focus on dermatology, which encompasses the entire integumentary system, and ophthalmology, which covers eye disorders.  You will learn about  the transcription requirements and guidelines for each.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of how to transcribe for dermatology and ophthalmology.

Lesson 4: Otorhinolaryngology and Pulmonology

In this lesson, you will continue to learn how to transcribe the specialties.  First you will learn about Otorhinolaryngology, which is the study of the ears, nose, and throat.  From there, you will learn about pulmonology, which is the medical specialty that deals with the respiratory system.

Lesson 5: Cardiology and Gastroenterology

In this lesson, you will learn about cardiology and gastroenterology.  You will learn about the structure and functions of each system, and then you will learn how to transcribe and edit for each specialty.

Lesson 6: Urology and Obstetrics/Gynecology

In this lesson, you will learn about the specialty areas of obstetrics/gynecology and urology.  For each area, you will learn about the structure and functions of the body systems involved, as well as common assessments and disorders for each body system.  You will also learn how to transcribe and edit documents for each specialty area, and will have the opportunity to practice transcribing and editing with the activities included in each chapter.

Lesson 7: Orthopedics and Neurology

In this lesson, you will learn about orthopedics and neurology.  You will learn about the structure and functions of the body systems that are treated within these specialties.  You will also learn how to properly transcribe and edit documents within these specialties.

Lesson 8: Immunology, Oncology, and Endocrinology

In this lesson, you will learn about immunology, oncology, and endocrinology.  You will learn about the structure and functions of the body systems that are part of each specialty.  You will also learn how to transcribe and edit documents within each specialty.  

Lesson 9: Career Management

In this lesson you will learn about the medical transcription job search process. You will learn about the different career options available to medical transcriptionists.  You will also learn how to secure and maintain employment.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of how to pursue employment as a medical transcription specialist.

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.