In order to become a medical transcriptionist you need to know if this is the right career for you.
-You have to be knowledgeable in medical terminology,
an_excellent grammar and punctuation;
-above average hearing because most of the transcribing is done from recorded notes from doctors and other medical professionals.
-A strong skill such as keyboarding on computers is necessary, and advanced proofreading capabilities are needed.
Due to working with medical information, one should know: pharmacology, procedures, treatment assessments, medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.
After all the above is considered there comes the education and training. One should look for a reputable school for transcribing. Usually a high school diploma or GED is required. One does not need a bachelor’s degree for transcriptionist. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) offers two types of certification: the Registered Medical Transcriptionist that has less than two years experience in acute care or recently graduated and a Certified Medical Transcriptionist that has more than two years experience in acute care. RMTs and CMTs must pass an exam given by the AHDI in order to be certified and they must take continuing education credits in order to keep their certification