With most medical fields growing above national averages, becoming a medical transcriptionist is a great idea! There are numerous accredited medical transcription programs that are available for your enrollment. In the article below we break down all the steps to get in to the great growing career and what it will take to get your certification and find a job as a working (MT) Medical Transcriptionist.

What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

A medical transcriptionist, which is also known as a healthcare documentation specialist, listen to voice recordings made by doctors and physicians to convert them into written reports. There are speech recognition technologies available to healthcare professionals and transcriptionists convert those to written reports. Interpreting all medical terminology and medical abbreviations, checking discharge summaries, and other documents may also be done too. The core value of the MT cannot be understated. Below we get in to the MT job description.

Common certified medical transcriptionists job duties are listed below:

Listen to the recorded dictation of doctor/physician
Interpret/transcribe the dictation
Enter medical reports into (EHR) electronic health records systems
Review/edit drafts that are prepared by the speech recognition software
Translate any medical abbrev. and terminology
Identify any inconsistencies, errors, and missing information
Submit health records to physicians for approval
Follow patient confidentiality guidelines
Perform (QIA) quality improvement audits

What is the process to become a Medical Transcriptionist?

The steps that are necessary to become a MT are shown below in a simple and easy to follow format just for you:

STEP 1 – Have your High School Diploma or GED Equivalent

All candidates must have a HS diploma or their GED to be eligible for accredited training programs.

STEP 2 – Select an Accredited Medical Transcriptionist Program

Completing a certificate program in medical transcription or getting your associates degree is necessary for most employers. Accredited programs give their students the introduction and understanding of the necessary medical terminology, healthcare documentation and transcription methods. These programs, in most situations are offered at vocational training schools and community colleges. To see accredited medical transcription schools see the list below.

Accredited Medical Transcriptionist Schools

Name and WebsiteAddress
Albany Technical College1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701
Arkansas Northeastern College2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109
Atlanta Technical College1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Bristol Community College777 Elsbree St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395
Central Georgia Technical College80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Coastal Pines Technical College1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, Georgia 31503
College of the OuachitasOne College Circle, Malvern, Arkansas 72104-0816
Dakota County Technical College1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068-2999
Eastern Maine Community College354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Maine 04401
El Centro College801 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202-3604
Everett Community College2000 Tower Street, Everett, Washington 98201
Gaston College201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, North Carolina 28034
Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeOne Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161
Great Falls College Montana State University2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Highland Community College2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, Illinois 61032-9341
Howard College1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720
Johnson County Community College12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299
Kalamazoo Valley Community College6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003-4070
Kirkwood Community College6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
Martinsburg College341 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-6204
Metropolitan Community College Area30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
Mid Michigan College1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
Minnesota State Community and Technical College1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
Moraine Park Technical College235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
Mountwest Community and Technical CollegeOne Mountwest Way, Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Neosho County Community College800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720
Northeast Iowa Community College1625 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
Onondaga Community College4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York 13215-4585
Ridgewater College2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Saint Paul College235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808
San Juan College4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico 87402-4699
South Arkansas Community College300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010
Southern Arkansas University Tech6415 Spellman Road, Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906
Southern Regional Technical College15689 US Hwy 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia 31792
Southern State Community College100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133-9406
Southern Union State Community College750 Roberts St, Wadley, Alabama 36276
SUNY Broome Community College907 Upper Front St, Binghamton, New York 13905
Treasure Valley Community College650 College Blvd, Ontario, Oregon 97914
Washtenaw Community College4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929
Zane State College1555 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701-2626

Step 3 – Get On the Job Training or Internship

It is very common for students in medical transcription training to receive on-the-job experience. If you are attending a course that does not offer any on the job training students should seek an internship or apprenticeship positions. See the opportunities at your school of choice.

Step 4 – Get Your Medical Transcription Certification

MT certification is not required but is strongly recommended for career enhancement and success. The best medical transcriptionists become certified and most employers are demanding it nowadays. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity offers the (RHDS) Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist and the (CHDS) Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist certifications. These are the two most used and common certifications. Both certifications require the successful passing of an exam and also do require periodic retesting and continuing education courses.

RHDS certification – The (RMT) Registered Medical Transcriptionist certification is for those with less than 2 years of experience and who work in a single environment like a doctor’s office.

CHDS certification – The (CMT) Certified Medical Transcriptionist certification is for those who also hold the RHDS designation and also must have at least 2 years of acute care experience. The experience must also be in handling dictation in multiple medical field specialties.

Continuing education is required every 3 years to maintain MT Certification.

Step 5 – Finding a job as a Medical Transcriptionist

Across the country in 2016 there were 57,400 jobs help by medical transcriptionists.

Where do Medical Transcriptionists Commonly Work?

Below are the locations and work environments that are the most common for medical transcriptionists to work according to bls.gov.

Hospitals 28%
Administrative support services 28%
Physicians Offices 24%
Self-employed 5%
Medical labs 3%

About Medical Transcription salary

What is the average salary for a Medical Transcriptionist?

The average salary for (MT) Medical Transcriptionists is $16.95 per hour and $35,250 per year per bls.gov’s latest data.

MT salary by state

StateAvg. Pay Per HourAvg. Salary
District of Columbia$23.19$48,230
New Hampshire$19.00$39,510
New Jersey$19.87$41,330
New Mexico$14.82$30,830
New York$18.75$39,000
North Carolina$16.22$33,740
North Dakota$17.06$35,480
Rhode Island$20.31$42,250
South Carolina$16.91$35,170
South Dakota$15.11$31,420
West Virginia$15.57$32,380

Source: www.bls.gov

Salary by employer type

Medical/Diagnostic laboratories $41,540
Hospitals $38,910
Physicians Offices $35,540
Administrative support services $28,300
Source: www.bls.gov

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