What are the curriculum requirements?
How do I get started?
Just a quick registration at http://online-medical-transcription-course.com/RegisterMember.aspx. This is all what you need to start your transcription course. You don’t have to worry about financing your education as our course is completely free. All you need is a computer with internet connection to access the online study material.
Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes, in a way. Our medical transcription course is completely free of charge. This saves you anywhere between $2000 to $4000 that you will spend at some other schools. The only thing that you need to have for this course is a computer with internet connection.
What sets online education apart from a traditional classroom style education?
Online-medical-transcription-course.com students study wherever and whenever they want. They simply have to visit our website and start accessing the study materials online. Our course is especially good for parents and other busy people who do not find time to join a school or a program. Our online class provides 24 x 7 days complete and free program access. So whatever schedule you have, Online-medical- transcription-course.com will cater to your needs at any place and at any time.
Medical transcriptionists interpret oral dictation from doctors and other health care professionals into clear, accurate information for a patient’s medical record. Doctors dictate the patient’s record and then these dictations are sent to a medical transcriptionist for transcribing (typing and editing).
Where do medical transcriptionists work?
In addition to working as home-based medical transcriptionists, many people work at hospitals, clinics, labs and transcription service companies. This is one of the great advantages of a being a medical transcriptionist . You enjoy tremendous flexibility to choose your work environment.
The U.S. Department of Labor projects that jobs in the medical field will grow 27% from now until the year 2014. This is far and above most other US industries, which translates into a wide range of career options for medical transcriptionists.
- Advanced medical terminology to prepare you to accurately transcribe medical reports. This includes anatomy, physiology, medical definitions and terminology along with the ability to recognize a wide range of tones and accents for a variety of medical specialties.
- American grammar to prepare you to transcribe error-free.
- Keyboarding skills that increases your speed without hindering your accuracy.
- Access to audio tapes online alongwith the finalized reports.
What if I want to work from home ?
A fair number of medical transcriptionists work from home either as employees or subcontractors. With foot pedal and headsets, home-based medical transcriptionists turn on their computer and go to work right from their living rooms. If you dream about spending more time at home, with your friends and family, then medical transcription is the right career for you.
An average typing speed of 40 wpm is a solid base for a medical transcriptionist . With practice, our course can make you achieve greater speed and accuracy with your typing skills. However, desirable typing speed is around 60 to 80 wpm.
What if I need academic assistance while taking a program?
We pride ourselves on providing student support. You can always mail your queries along with any suggestions to us and we will reach back to you as early as possible. Currently, we do not entertain calls but surely entertain email questions.
Can Online-medical- transcription-course.com help me find a job?
Online-medical- transcription-course.com regularly posts jobs on its job portal. All students have access to these jobs and they can post their resumes directly to the employers. Also we help you go in your search by providing job leads, interviewing tips, resume writing help, personal introduction to employers, and more.
Are your programs transferable to a college?
No. Medical transcriptionists do not need to be certified to get a job. However, having AAMT certification does help you in getting a good job.
Medical transcription is the industry that renders doctor dictated reports, procedures, and notes into an electronic or paper format in order to create files representing the treatment history of patients. Health practitioners dictate what they have done after performing procedures on patients.
There will be a need for medical transcriptionists into the foreseeable future. Although much is made of the possibility of speech recognition technology forcing transcriptionists out of jobs, there are certain things that a software can never do. For example, speech recognition software and technology is based on the predictability of dictation. Thus, errors in pronunciation, syntax, and grammar at present can only be rectified by experts, i.e., transcriptionists.
Transcriptionists can adjust to the variation in practitioner speech habits, in their training, in dialect differences, and in foreign doctor dictation language differences.
These are just a few of the facts that bolster the argument that we shall need transcriptionists for a long time to come.
Do I need to be certified?
Not necessarily. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (formerly AAMT) maintains a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) program, providing independent certification. A small percentage of medical transcriptionists have obtained this certification. Few employers require the certification.
Certainly. To be a good transcriptionist, one has to have extremely good typing skills. However, a speed of 40 wpm is good enough to start with your training. As you practice, you will eventually reach up to 60 to 80 wpm.
A well-qualified medical transcriptionist has a secure future. There is a huge demand for MTs in all areas of the country, although presumably some regions have a stronger demand than others. With home based work available, location is not as crucial as it once was. While voice recognition systems are seen as a distant threat to the MT's vocation, experts are predicting that it will be years, if ever, before voice recognition takes over MTs. Even then, experienced MTs will be needed as editors and record managers.
An average transcriptionist usually earns anywhere between $1500 to $4000, but it varies a lot. There are a lot of factors that come in to play, like number of hours, the speed and the rate at which you are working for your client. Transcriptionists can easily earn from $9 to $20 an hour and usually good medical transcriptionists make excellent money.
Who do medical transcriptionists work for?
Potential clients are doctor's offices, medical clinics, hospitals, rehab centers, ambulance services, company medical centers, and transcription services. The good thing is MTs can work from home if they wish to avoid the commute and can also work at an office. There is also the option for a MT to acquire his own client, in which case such an MT becomes a self-employed entrepreneur.
How do I find work after I've finished the course?
You can go through our job searching section. We will also help you in finding a job. We keep on posting new jobs as and when they are available. As a person's employment potential is based on their performance, we cannot guarantee employment but we will support you in your job hunt.
Can I start my own business after I finish the course?
Yes. You can always start your own business and become an entrepreneur. However, it is always better to work for someone initially, gain more experience on how the business runs and then think about owning one. Today much medical transcription is outsourced, that is, done by services or individuals outside of the medical facility where the patients are seen and treated. So it is definitely possible that you will find clients but remember, medical transcription is a business of deadlines. Most reports have to be returned within 24 hours or less from the time of dictation. So one has to be careful when going into this business.
Just a good computer with good internet speed. That is all you need to work from home . Other things that you need to supplement are transcriber, foot pedal, medical dictionary, drug dictionary, and English dictionary. These are all available online and can also be stored on the computer.
How much practice transcription is included in the course?
We will be including around 1000 minutes of dictation in our course material so as to provide all varieties and types of dictation. These dictations are always posted along with their transcripts to compare and evaluate your transcribed reports.
How long does it take to finish the course?
Usually, it takes around 4 to 6 months if you can devote 2 hours a day.
Do I have to follow the syllabus order?
This is not required but it is always better to follow it in order. Some students with healthcare background find it much easier to skip some sections and go on to the next level while those with no such background need to go in order.
What equipment do I need?
A good computer with internet connection and office software. You can also supplement yourself with online medical dictionary, drug dictionary, Webster dictionary and other transcription software.
What are the benefits of becoming an MT?
Medical transcriptionists enjoy many benefits, including:
- Train at home to work from home
- High demand = High income
- Growing Market = Job security
- Flexibility with time
- Spend quality time with family
- No daycare costs
- No commute
What are the benefits of online transcription course?
- Finish training quickly - Set your own pace
- Study at your own free time
- Revise as much as you want
- 1000 minutes of practice dictation
How should I register on your site? Do you charge for registration?
Registration is free on our site. To receive all the benefits, you need to be a member of our site. Registering on our site is fairly simple.
For members located in US, click below:
For members located outside US, i.e. for international members, click below:
On the registration form, fill out all the relevant details. If you are not a company owner, put "NA" in those fields. Any other detail to which you have no answer, please put as "NA". Then create a Username and Password. Once we receive your information, it takes 2-5 days for us to register your information. After we register your information, you will receive a welcome letter from us stating that you are registered. You can then log in to your account and start your course. Once you become a member, you will also receive email alerts for any updates. Good luck! If any questions, please email us.
Every student would need transcription equipment that includes a headset, a footpedal, computer and transcription software. If you can play the audio files with the help of the keyboard, you do not necessarily require the foot pedal for training. Detailed requirements are listed below:
What are PC requirements for Online MT Course?
- WindowsTM 98 or later
- Internet Explorer 6.x/7.x or Firefox 2.x
- 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM (256 MB or higher recommended)
- 56 KBPS modem (Broadband-DSL cable modem recommended)
- 40 GB hard disk space.
- Sound card and speakers (headphone port recommended)
- Display mode set to 800x600 pixels with 256 colors or higher
- Available USB port or serial port (for foot pedal)
- Printer Port
- Transcribes accurately, utilizing correct punctuation, grammar and spelling, and edits for inconsistencies.
- Accurately transcribes patient-identifying information such as name and Medical Record or Social Security Number.
- Consults references and dictionaries for medical procedures, terminology, and drugs .
- Has good knowledge of English Grammar and punctuation guidelines.
- Keeps a transcription log with accurate details of files transcribed.
- Distributes transcribed reports and collects dictation tapes if your client works on the old system of transferring voice data.
- Follows up on physicians' missing and/or late dictations and corrects inaccuracies in transcribed reports.
- Performs quality assurance check and keeps updated with newer technology and new medical words and procedures.
- Maintains all the records on disk for backup.