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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Transcriptionist

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The Medical Transcriptionist certificate prepares the student to work in many aspects of the medical field, converting patient records and physician dictation into medical reports. The growth of Electronic Health Records is changing the field of medical transcription, taking it beyond the traditional “typed” medical report to an electronic format. This requires the student to have a strong emphasis on editing. In addition, students will learn to use voice recognition software in transcription.

This program is designed for individuals with previous medical experience in hospitals, medical centers, government facilities or insurance companies. (Individuals without previous experience should consider the Medical Office Specialist program, which provides training to work in a medical office.) This certificate program can be earned in coordination with the Medical Office Specialist degree. Courses are offered online or late afternoon and evening. To successfully complete this program, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A grade of C- or better is required in the first course of a sequential course offering before enrolling in the second-level course of the sequence or in a prerequisite course. This includes HSC 120 , MTR 120  and MTR 121 .

For more information about the Medical Transcriptionist certificate, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/btec/mt.asp.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Complete the required COMPASS testing, obtaining a satisfactory score in writing skills (70 or higher) or ACT writing score of 19 or higher or completion of ENG 060  with a grade of “B” or better or program chairperson approval.
  3. Keyboarding speed of 40 nwpm or above as demonstrated by a five-minute test.

Required Courses


(Students must demonstrate a keyboarding speed of 25 NWPM or above by taking a five-minute test before enrolling in BCA 133 .)

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 25

*Challenge test available. Must earn 74%.

The majority of these credits are also applicable to the Medical Office Specialist AAS degree .

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