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Expert Certificate Course in Medical Transcription for either the Physician's Office or Home Based Business

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Description

This beginning medical transcription course curriculum is developed so that a student who wishes to achieve Certificate or Registered status with the Association for Health Care Documentation Integrity, a national credentialing agency can do so. Students who enroll in this course may after completion apply to The AHDI to take the CMT (Certified Medical Transcriptionist) or RMT (Registered Medical Transcriptionist) Exam. This exam consists of both medical transcription-related knowledge items and transcription performance items. The transcription performance items include transcribing dictation, editing, and proofreading. The examination is available worldwide where selected Thomson Prometric test centers are located. Upon completion of the exam at the testing center, a score report will be available immediately. If one does not pass the exam, a report will be given indicating the objective areas where improvement is needed. To Learn more visit the AHDI website. Please note, it is not necessary to be "Certified" in order to be employed as a Medical Transcriptionist.

Medical transcriptionists are vital members of the professional healthcare team. Medical transcriptionists transcribe medical reports to document patients` medical care and condition. Most medical reports are transcribed from audio files recorded by the physician, but a growing number of medical reports are first compiled by speech recognition technology, then edited and corrected by medical transcriptionists, or Medical Language Specialists.

The professional healthcare team includes physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, dietitians, and other healthcare support staff. A vital member of this team is the Medical Transcriptionist. Medical transcriptionists transcribe medical reports from doctors' dictation in order to document a patient's medical care and condition. These may include office chart notes, history and physical examinations, consultations, letters, memos, admission notes, emergency medicine reports, procedure notes, operative reports, discharge summaries, x-rays, pathology reports, and many laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. The job title "Medical Transcriptionist" has changed over the years. Originally called "medical steno" and then "medical transcriber," the role of today's medical transcriptionist continues to evolve with advancements in technology and healthcare documentation. Nevertheless, the goal remains the same: integrity in healthcare documentation.

The medical transcriptionist transcribes each report with supreme care. Each transcription becomes a part of a patient`s permanent healthcare record. Medical transcriptionists need extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pharmacology, human diseases, surgical procedures, diagnostic studies, and laboratory tests to produce an accurate and complete medico legal document. Medical transcriptionists must master English grammar, must have knowledge of medical transcription practices, and exhibit the highest professional standards.

The Medical Transcription for the Physician's Office (Beginning Medical Transcription) prepares students for employment in a physician's office, group practice, or small clinic. It contains 8 hours of authentic physician dictation in the following specialties:

  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Dermatology
  • Ears, Nose, Throat
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry

The original medical reports are dictated by real physicians on real patients in actual healthcare settings. They have been carefully sequenced by body system and difficulty level to promote maximum retention of details, and provide the vocabulary density necessary for a uniquely effective transcription learning experience. Dictations consist of chart notes, letters, initial office evaluations, history and physicals, consultations, emergency department reports, preoperative notes, and discharge summaries.

Emphasis is placed on the development of accuracy, speed, and medical knowledge for transcription of nonsurgical medical dictation: letters, chart notes, history and physical examination reports, consultations, emergency room reports, and discharge summaries. Using reference materials and other resources efficiently. Editing and proofreading techniques. Understanding professional issues in medical transcription. Grammar and punctuation review.

The professional healthcare team includes physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, dietitians, and other healthcare support staff. A vital member of this team is the Medical Transcriptionist. Medical transcriptionists transcribe medical reports from doctors" dictation in order to document a patient"s medical care and condition. These may include office chart notes, history and physical examinations, consultations, letters, memos, admission notes, emergency medicine reports, procedure notes, operative reports, discharge summaries, x-rays, pathology reports, and many laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. The job title "Medical Transcriptionist" has changed over the years.

Because each report becomes a part of a patient's permanent healthcare record, the medical transcriptionist transcribes it with care, relying on extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pharmacology, human diseases, surgical procedures, diagnostic studies, and laboratory tests to produce an accurate and complete medicolegal document. A mastery of English grammar, structure, and style; a knowledge of medical transcription practices; skill in word processing, spelling, and proofreading; and the highest professional standards contribute to the medical transcriptionist's ability to interpret, translate, and edit medical dictation for content and clarity.

Outcomes

By completing this course you will learn to:

  • Select the correct format for a dictated medical report.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of reference materials.
  • Transcribe letters, consultations, chart notes, history and physical reports, and discharge summaries.
  • Edit the transcript to correct obvious grammatical and punctuation errors.
  • Identify obvious medical inconsistencies.
  • Produce a final, neat, error-free transcript.
  • Increase transcription speed and productivity throughout the course.
  • Explain quantity versus quality in medical transcription.
  • Identify various methods of compensation.
  • Describe what is meant by patient confidentiality and give several examples of proper and improper use of patient medical information.
  • Describe the various environments where transcription is performed and list the pros and cons of each.
  • Explain risk management and the transcriptionist's role.
  • Define practicum; define externship.
  • Identify ways in which the medical transcriptionist can reduce work-related injuries.

* Describe the desirable qualities in MTs that are valued by employers. * Prepare an appropriate resume. In addition you will be: * Prepared for taking the CMT (Certified Medical Transcriptionist) or RMT (Registered Medical Transcriptionist) Exam (optional) * Employable in the workplace whether it be working for yourself or for a Physician's Office, Group Practice or Small Clinic

Assessment

Tests for this course will be graded on a 100% accuracy rate with 70% required for passing.

course quick facts
course code DED-9009
cost $1999.00
estimated time to
complete course
160 Hours
course materials
available
365 Days