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Requirements for Online MT Course

Medical Transcription Curriculum Requirements, Skills and Abilities:
  • High school diploma and versatile with English language.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology is helpful.
  • Average spelling, verbal communication and memory skills.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment such as computer, fax, printer, foot pedal, voice recorders with good eye/hand/foot coordination.
  • The ability to create documents in either Microsoft Word or another Windows program.
  • Knowledge of internet and use of Email.
  • Ability to hear and follow verbal instructions and convert them in to written text.
  • Ability to maintain records.
  • Knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.
  • Good hearing skills with ability to discern what is being said or what is being meant even with accented speech.
  • Last but not the least average to above-average typing skills.
PC Requirements for Online MT Course
Every student would need transcription equipment that includes a headset, a footpedal, computer and transcription software. You must take this course on a PC. If you can play your files comfortably without a foot-pedal, you do not necessarily require it for training. Detailed requirements are listed below:
    • 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
Software Requirements:
Duties and responsibilities of a medical transcriptionist :
  • 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 or job provider works on the old system of transferring voice data.
  • Follows up on physicians' missing and/or late dictation 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.



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