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Medical Transcriptionist Training

Employers prefer to hire transcriptionists who have completed postsecondary training in medical transcription, which is offered by many vocational schools, community colleges, and distance-learning programs.

A 1-year certificate program or 2-year associate’s degree normally includes coursework in anatomy, medical terminology, legal issues relating to healthcare documentation, and English grammar and punctuation. Many of these programs include supervised on-the-job experience. Some transcriptionists, especially those already familiar with medical terminology from previous experience as a nurse or medical secretary, become proficient through refresher courses and training.

Medical transcription programs do not have to be accredited, but transcriptionists who want to get certification may first need to complete an accredited program.

Although certification is not required, some medical transcriptionists choose to become certified. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity offers two certifications: Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) and Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT).

The RMT certification is for recent graduates with less than 2 years of experience and who work in a single specialty environment, such as a clinic or a doctor’s office.

The CMT credential is for transcriptionists who handle dictation in several medical specialties.

Both certifications require passing an exam and periodic retesting or continuing education..

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition




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