The Real Time Reporting Program (Court Reporting and Captioning) prepares students for various careers using real-time reporting skills. This type of reporting captures and converts the spoken word to text. Court Reporters are responsible for producing verbatim transcripts of legal proceedings from court cases to special events to political speeches and meetings. They play a critical role at every meeting or event where the spoken word must be preserved. Further, they are responsible for producing an accurate, complete, and secure legal record. Captioners possess the skills to produce accurate, simultaneous translations of broadcasts or other proceedings using real-time translation. They may translate television programs or educational materials. Individuals may be employed through judicial districts, law offices, as freelance court reporters or captioners, court or conference reporters, scopists or real-time reporters in other capacities. The key feature of real-time reporting programs is the development of high-speed recording skills to 225+ words per minute through the use of real-time translation machine shorthand and computer aided transcription.
For more information about the Real Time Reporting Program visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/courtreporting/.
Court Reporting courses offered only at the Newton Campus. Selected courses (Liberal Arts core) are offered at other campuses.
Students start Fall term.
This program is a year-round program, meeting in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
Program Entry Requirements
1. Complete an application for admission.
2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
3. Attend the required court reporting information session.
All students must rent or purchase a realtime-ready student stenowriter before fall classes begin. Model will be specified at information session.
1. Must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
2. Must earn a grade of “C” or better in all Court Reporting courses.
3. Pass three 5-minute tests with 95% accuracy at each of the following speeds: 225 words per minute testimony (two-voice); 200 words per minute jury charge; and 180 words per minute literary.
4. Complete at least 40 verified hours of actual writing time during internship as well as submit 40 pages of transcript and a written narrative.
NOTE: Progress in theory and speed classes is very individualized. Students make progress at different rates, depending on the amount of time spent practicing and the quality of practice. Students should plan to spend a minimum of 10-15 hours outside of class practicing on their steno machines (in addition to 9-12 hours of class practice).
Students may need to repeat some speed classes to meet speed/accuracy requirements. Students repeating speed classes will incur additional tuition charges. According to the National Court Reporters Association, the national average for completion of court reporting programs is 33 months.
NCRA Annual Report, November 2006