Medical Transcription: Certificate
Program Learning Outcomes
- Ability to accurately communicate with members of the healthcare team using effective verbal and written communication while maintaining patient confidentiality and with regard to policies and procedures regulating documentation and reporting of medical information.
- Application of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and pharmacology concepts into the skills of an entry level medical transcriptionist.
- Produce an error free transcribed letter, consultation, chart note, history and physical report, and discharge summary dictated by a variety of members of the healthcare team.
- Edit the transcript to correct obvious grammatical and punctuation errors, while identifying medical transcription inconsistencies.
- Develop keyboarding skills and an increased knowledge of medical terminology, confidentiality, and professionalism.
- Demonstrate the ability to utilize references and resources efficiently.
The Medical Transcription Certificate is the ideal education for those interested in a career as a Medical Transcriptionist. This certificate will enable students to understand and use medical terms, appropriate reference materials, word processing equipment and software so that they can successfully transcribe medical reports from physicians and other healthcare professionals, in order to document a patient’s care and facilitate delivery of healthcare services.
The Medical Transcription Certificate takes only two semesters to complete (if attending full-time), making it a fast way to obtain a marketable skill.
A medical transcriptionist is trained to interpret and transcribe dictation by healthcare professionals regarding patient assessment, work up, therapeutic procedures, clinical course diagnosis, prognosis, etc. in order to document patient care and to facilitate delivery of health care services.
They generally listen to recordings on a headset, using a foot pedal to pause the recording when necessary, and key the text into a personal computer or word processor, editing as necessary for grammar and clarity. The documents they produce include discharge summaries, medical history and physical examination reports, operative reports, consultation reports, diagnostic imaging studies, progress or chart notes, and referral letters.
Medical transcriptionists return transcribed documents to the physicians and other healthcare professionals who dictated them for review and signature or correction. These documents eventually become part of patient’s permanent files. A medical transcriptionist is proofreader, also known as a Medical Language Specialist.