You need to decide if you want to get just a certificate or an Associate’s degree in medical transcription. (This could take from eighteen to twenty-four months.) There are numerous courses offered for medical transcription. One can either go to a brick and mortar setting or go online.
Once you have decided on what kind of classes you would like to take, then comes the part of finding the right courses that are offered. You need to make sure that medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic procedures, grammar and English, pharmacology, medical transcription terminology textbook, style and format, medical abbreviations human diseases, keyboarding and business English are covered in the courses. Some courses offer job assistance and some offer resume assistance.
If you chose online courses this gives you the opportunity to work on courses at your own pace. It might cost a little more but it is great for working people and single mothers that want to get ahead in their career. All courses should be AHDI approved. If they are not it could be harder to sit in on an exam given by AHDI. Make sure that wherever you go to classes that they are from an accredited school or career facility.
When taking courses, make sure that they offer several hours of dictation and from real physicians. Some courses do not offer enough dictation to give you practice in transcription. This is important to have hands on experience. Some places offer their own cds that are not dictated by real physicians.
In conclusion: Make sure that you research all your avenues as to what courses are offered and from whom. Be sure that the courses are accepted by the AHDI and that they place of schooling is accredited. Decide if you are going to a brick and mortar education facility or taking courses online. Online gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace. Decide if you want a certificate or an Associate’s degree in this field.