Frequently Asked Questions

What is a medical transcriptionist?

Medical Transcriptionists are specialists in medical language and healthcare documentation. They interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians regarding patient evaluations, workups, medical procedures, testing procedures, diagnoses, prognoses, and more. They edit the dictated material for grammar and clarity as necessary and appropriate.

Why is the School of Medical Transcription so inexpensive when compared to other schools?

The School of Medical Transcription covers the academic portion of what it takes to be a successful medical transcriptionist. The reason that the School of Medical Transcription is less than other schools is because we are not supported by tuition alone. Our company makes most of its money actually doing medical transcription. Because of this we are able to offer our school at 2-3 times less than what most schools charge.

What level of typing skills do I need?

You will need at least moderate typing /keyboarding skills to get started in the program and excellent skills to be successful as a medical transcriptionist. The more you practice the better your typing skills will become. You also need a very good command of the English language including spelling, grammar, and punctuation. You will need good ability to skillfully work in Microsoft Word. The basic training course will cover these fundamentals.

Do I need a computer at home to take the course?

You will need a computer to complete The School of Medical Transcription program. You will also need a computer with a current version of Microsoft Word if you plan to go on into the Training program afterwards.

How do I find work after I've finished the training?

When you are finished with The School of Medical Transcription, you will have the skills you need to find a job doing medical transcription anywhere. Since it such a highly competitive market and difficult for a newbie to find a job right after training, we do provide help with this through the Training program You can sign up for this program through us and work closely with a personal trainer who will help you to achieve the goal of working for pay doing medical transcription.

Will you supply me with a job when I am finished?

We hire graduates from our Training program once they have reached a standard level of proficiency. Just like any field, you need to go out and market yourself also. There are plenty of jobs out there, with a high demand for good medical transcriptionists. You just need to look for them.

What kind of work can I get as a medical transcriptionist?

Your training prepares you to meet the job demands in a variety of places. These include hospitals, doctor and dental offices, clinics, medical specialty offices, private medical transcription companies, and a variety of other organizations that typically hire medical language specialists. You can also work on your own and have clients anywhere. You can create a local client list and use any modern technology available to you to help them with their medical transcription needs.

Do I need a computer at home to work at home?

You will need a computer with a word processor program (Microsoft Word to work for us) and Internet access to receive the voice dictation and to send your completed reports. Depending on the type of work you will be doing, you may also need a printer as well.

If I work at home, how much time will I have to complete paid work?

Regardless of where you work, medical transcription does require deadlines. There is often a turnaround time of 24 hours or less from the time of dictation. If you have your own client base, you can work that out with them as to when they will require the work back to them.

How will speech recognition technology affect the future of medical transcription?

In spite of the advances in this technology, speech recognition technology is not yet able to grasp the difficult medical language necessary to perform an efficient task for medical documents. There will always be a need for skilled medical transcriptionists who continue to broaden their knowledge base and have the capability to identify and correctly edit the inevitable errors caused by normal dictation. An MT who has enough understanding of the health specialty to create a final professional document will always be needed. Medical transcriptionists continue to be the best qualified to interpret the complexity of human speech.

What is your grading scale?

Our grading scale is as follows: 90-100% is an A; 80-89% is a B; 70-79% is a C. Anything below that is not passing. Since it is of utmost importance for a medical transcriptionist to be a specialist in their profession, we don’t allow grades below 70%.

Rules and Regulations

Students are required to read the assigned text and to take the corresponding test after each chapter. You will test on our online testing site, which will provide you with automatic scoring on your test. You can read the assigned text and take the tests at your own convenience with no time limitations. Work the course material around your schedule. After completing the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for your efforts.

Can I ask for help from my home?

A mentor is available for questions throughout the program. We supply you with information and support to help you achieve a successful career as a medical transcriptionist. Although we have designed this program for you to work independently at your own pace, we have provided email access to a mentor who will be available to help you.

Does my Certificate of Completion make me a certified MT?

No, it does not. It will reflect your training in the basics that are needed to become a proficient medical transcriptionist. Becoming a certified MT is something that will take you some time to accomplish after you have started working, as you will need to gain some experience in several different fields of medical transcription first.

Please note that the title of CMT (Certified Medical Transcriptionist) can only be acquired through the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT). Certification is achieved upon successful completion of their examination. For information on AAMT and certification, visit their web site at http://www.aamt.org

What happens after I complete The School of Medical Transcription?

Following completion of The School of Medical Transcription, we hope that you will partake of the FREE Transam Associates Trainer-Protegee Program. This program is designed to help bridge the gap between training and doing medical transcription for pay. It is designed to get you working faster than going out into the job market right out of the school.

What are our educational objectives?

Our goal is to develop a knowledgeable, well-trained medical transcriptionist who is ready to start an entry-level position in today’s job market upon completion of this program. With this knowledge, you may be able to make yourself available for better job opportunities or even begin developing your own home-based business.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It all depends on your commitment and the amount of time you put into it. It depends on how easily you learn the material and how fast you test after each chapter. The program is designed for you to take at your own pace. Who knows your schedule better than you? Your time in this program is all in your control.

Do you have any other recommendations for me?

It is essential that you have good English grammar skills and learn good research skills. The research skills will be vital when you start working. During this program, the text will be the only reference that you will need, other than possibly a regular general dictionary. When you are nearing the end of the program, you may want to consider starting to put together a personal reference library of your own. We suggest a medical dictionary, abbreviations book, drug reference, and an English grammar and punctuation reference. Your mentor will be able to suggest some references to you or you can choose your own. We suggest that when studying the material, pay close attention to what is being taught. One important thing for a medical transcriptionist is to not only type the reports and know the words, but to understand what is being said in the report.

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