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Medical Transcription

Offered by Texas A&M - Kingsville

With Meditec’s Medical Transcription program, you will develop the skills necessary to succeed as a medical transcriptionist. We consult with industry experts to ensure you learn everything needed to excel in your chosen path.

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Medical Transcriptionist Certification

If you’re looking for a career that is in-demand and can give you flexible working arrangements, medical transcription may be one of your career options. Medical transcription is the process of converting voice-recorded reports of physicians into text format.

Reviewing and editing medical documents using speech recognition technology are also part of a medical transcriptionist’s job. Doctors and other health practitioners dictate the procedures they have done on a patient and medical transcriptionists transcribe and interpret these and include it in patient’s medical histories, discharge summaries and other related documents.

Medical transcriptionists must have an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and biology. Good grammar and knowledge of word-processing software are also pertinent requirements to become a successful medical transcriptionist.

According to the 2012 data of the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical transcriptionists receive a median pay of about $34,020 per year or $16.36 per hour. The projected employment growth is 8% from 2012 to 2022. The demand for medical transcriptionist services will continue to rise with the growing volume of healthcare services.

How to Become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist?

Enrolling in medical transcription classes and training course online can help you be equipped with the skills needed to start a career in this field. When choosing a school, make sure that its medical transcription courses will help you prepare for a medical transcription certification. Having medical transcriptionist certification will give you an advantage when you look for jobs because employers prefer those who have passed the requirements of a certification exam.

Taking the medical transcription training online certification at Meditec will help you prepare to become a successful practitioner. After finishing the program, Meditec can also assist you in your search for medical transcriptionist jobs. Of course, becoming a certified medical transcriptionist gives you an edge over other applicants. Some states require certification while others don’t. However, getting certified is recommended because it is a proof that you have undergone proper training and validates your skill as a medical transcriptionist.

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Medical Transcription Classes

Meditec’s medical transcription classes will help you develop the skills necessary to succeed as a medical transcriptionist. We consult with industry experts to ensure you learn everything needed to excel in your chosen path. Our online courses will teach you:

  • Medical root words, suffixes, and prefixes
  • Pharmaceutical terminology
  • How to transcribe in real-world situations
  • Surgical vocabulary

The program takes about six months to complete, assuming you study approximately 15 hours a week. Once you pass all your courses, you will receive a certificate of completion and be ready to begin your career in medical transcription.

Program Description:

The Medical Transcription program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment as a medical transcriptionist, medical transcription editor, and related occupations in the medical industry. Program graduates will be employable by private health care practices, clinics, government agencies, insurance companies and other health care facilities.

The program includes dictation by men, women and ESL doctors, all styles and difficulties. Answer keys are used to compare student work against the actual transcripts, one report at a time. Upon completion of the Medical Transcription program, graduates can overcome transcription problems, such as inaudible dictation, background noise, and accents.

This program has a pre-requisite for Medical Terminology or Equivalent Experience. Students without this pre-requisite must add the Meditec Medical Terminology Course, or should select one of the Meditec Medical Transcription courses that includes Medical Terminology

Program Course List:

Medical Transcription

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Transcription
  • Lesson 2: Medical Record Types and Formats
  • Lesson 3: Editing Records
  • Lesson 4: Record Privacy, Security, and Integrity
  • Lesson 5: Grammar and Usage
  • Lesson 6: Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Lesson 7: Plurals, Possessives, and Abbreviations
  • Lesson 8: Measurement and Quantitation
  • Lesson 9: Pharmacology
  • Lesson 10: Cardiology
  • Lesson 11: Genetics
  • Lesson 12: Hematology/Oncology
  • Lesson 13: Dermatology/Allergy/Immunology
  • Lesson 14: Orthopedics/Neurology
  • Lesson 15: Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Lesson 16: Ophthalmology
  • Lesson 17: Organisms/Pathogens
  • Lesson 18: Psychiatry
  • Lesson 19: Pulmonary/Respiratory
  • Lesson 20: Gastroenterology
  • Lesson 21: Pediatrics

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Program Shippable Materials:

Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd edition
Book of Style for Medical Transcription WORKBOOK, 3rd edition
SUM USB flash drive
Infinity Foot pedal and Headset
KB Benchmark

*Note: The standard shipping process usually requires 10-14 business days within the US. Weekends or holidays do not count. International/APO/ FPO/ PO Box address may experience delays. Please be aware that your materials will not be shipped until your start date.

Program System Requirements:

Operating System:

  • Windows XP SP2 or newer


  • Video card
  • Sound card
  • 512 MB RAM or greater of memory


Web Browser:

  • The most recent version of browsers: Firefox, Internet Explorer.
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Pop-ups must be enabled/allowed


  • Headphones or Speakers

Career Information:

A medical transcription career is a good fit for those interested in medical words, grammar, typing, working from home, variety, challenges, and listening. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for medical transcriptionists was $15.82 an hour in 2010 and many worked from home. Medical transcriptionists are employed in organizations, such as

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ or doctors’ offices
  • Transcription service providers
  • Self-employed

Since most encounters between a health care provider and a patient are recorded either by voice or electronically, organizations need transcriptionists to listen to the dictation and transcribe (type) it for the patient’s file. Even as voice recognition systems grow in popularity, medical transcriptionists and editors are still needed to review computer generated documents for errors. In addition to grammar and typing skills, employers look for knowledge of Latin (and Greek) word derivation, anatomy, physiology,

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This is a self-paced program supported by an experienced mentor. Our mentors are subject experts with several years of experience in their respective fields and have the necessary educational training and credentials required to work as an expert. In case of any queries or questions regarding course content, course material, certifications, industry questions or on the progress of the student’s training and advancement, you can contact us on the information mentioned below.

Contact Information:
Meditec Student Support: 866-451-3854
CTP Student Support: [email protected]

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