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

School Name / Program Type / Address

Albany Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701
Alexandria Technical & Community College / Medical Transcription / 1601 Jefferson Streeet, Alexandria, Minnesota 56308
Alpena Community College / Medical Transcription / 665 Johnson St, Alpena, Michigan 49707
Arkansas Northeastern College / Medical Transcription / 2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109
Atlanta Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446
Barton County Community College / Medical Transcription / 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, Kansas 67530
Beal College / Medical Transcription / 99 Farm Road, Bangor, Maine 04401
Belmont College / Medical Transcription / 68094 Hammond Road, St Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Bishop State Community College / Medical Transcription / 351 North Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36603-5898
Black Hawk College / Medical Transcription / 6600-34th Avenue, Moline, Illinois 61265-5899
Black River Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1410 Hwy 304 East, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455
Bossier Parish Community College / Medical Transcription / 6220 East Texas, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-6922
Bowling Green State University-Firelands / Medical Transcription / One University Drive, Huron, Ohio 44839-9791
Bristol Community College / Medical Transcription / 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395
Butler Community College / Medical Transcription / 901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, Kansas 67042-3280
Central Arizona College / Medical Transcription / 8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, Arizona 85128-9030
Central Georgia Technical College / Medical Transcription / 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088
Central New Mexico Community College / Medical Transcription / 525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Central Oregon Community College / Medical Transcription / 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97703
Chattahoochee Technical College / Medical Transcription / 980 S Cobb Drive Dr SE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Choffin Career and Technical Center / Medical Transcription / 200 E Wood St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503-1600
Coastal Pines Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, Georgia 31503
College of DuPage / Medical Transcription / 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
College of Lake County / Medical Transcription / 19351 W Washington St., Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198
College of Southern Nevada / Medical Transcription / 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89146-1164
College of the Ouachitas / Medical Transcription / One College Circle, Malvern, Arkansas 72104-0816
Community College of Rhode Island / Medical Transcription / 400 East Ave, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-1807
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas / Medical Transcription / 183 College Drive, De Queen, Arkansas 71832
Cowley County Community College / Medical Transcription / 125 S 2nd St, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005
Dakota County Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068-2999
Delta College / Medical Transcription / 1961 Delta Road, University Center, Michigan 48710
Eastern Arizona College / Medical Transcription / 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, Arizona 85552-0769
Eastern Gateway Community College / Medical Transcription / 4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, Ohio 43952-3598
Eastern Maine Community College / Medical Transcription / 354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Maine 04401
Edgecombe Community College / Medical Transcription / 2009 W Wilson St, Tarboro, North Carolina 27886
El Centro College / Medical Transcription / 801 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202-3604
Everett Community College / Medical Transcription / 2000 Tower Street, Everett, Washington 98201
Forsyth Technical Community College / Medical Transcription / 2100 Silas Creek Pky, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103-5197
Francis Tuttle Technology Center / Medical Transcription / 12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73142-2789
Gaston College / Medical Transcription / 201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, North Carolina 28034
GateWay Community College / Medical Transcription / 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034
Gateway Technical College / Medical Transcription / 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-1690
Georgia Northwestern Technical College / Medical Transcription / One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161
Great Basin College / Medical Transcription / 1500 College Parkway, Elko, Nevada 89801
Great Falls College Montana State University / Medical Transcription / 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Green River College / Medical Transcription / 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, Washington 98092-3622
Highland Community College / Medical Transcription / 2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, Illinois 61032-9341
Hillyard Technical Center / Medical Transcription / 3434 Faraon Street, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506-5102
Howard College / Medical Transcription / 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720
Hudson County Community College / Medical Transcription / 70 Sip Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306
Idaho State University / Medical Transcription / 921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
Indian Hills Community College / Medical Transcription / 525 Grandview Ave, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Indiana University-Southeast / Medical Transcription / 4201 Grant Line Rd, New Albany, Indiana 47150
John A Logan College / Medical Transcription / 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Illinois 62918-2500
Johnson County Community College / Medical Transcription / 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299
Joliet Junior College / Medical Transcription / 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, Illinois 60431-8938
Kalamazoo Valley Community College / Medical Transcription / 6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003-4070
Kaskaskia College / Medical Transcription / 27210 College Rd, Centralia, Illinois 62801
Kirkwood Community College / Medical Transcription / 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068
Kishwaukee College / Medical Transcription / 21193 Malta Rd, Malta, Illinois 60150-9699
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College / Medical Transcription / 13466 W Trepania Rd, Hayward, Wisconsin 54843
Lake Land College / Medical Transcription / 5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, Illinois 61938
Lake Superior College / Medical Transcription / 2101 Trinity Rd, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-3399
Lane Community College / Medical Transcription / 4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, Oregon 97405-0640
Lee College / Medical Transcription / 511 S Whiting, Baytown, Texas 77520
Lewis-Clark State College / Medical Transcription / 500 8th Ave, Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
Luzerne County Community College / Medical Transcription / 1333 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634-3899
M T Training Center / Medical Transcription / 1801 S. Great Southwest Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas 75051
MacCormac College / Medical Transcription / 29 E. Madison, Chicago, Illinois 60602-4405
Madison Area Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1701 Wright Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704-2599
Manchester Community College / Medical Transcription / Great Path, Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Martinsburg College / Medical Transcription / 341 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-6204
Mercyhurst University-North East Campus / Medical Transcription / 16 W Division St, North East, Pennsylvania 16428
Metropolitan Community College Area / Medical Transcription / 30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610
Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City / Medical Transcription / 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-2429
Mid Michigan College / Medical Transcription / 1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
Mildred Elley School-Albany Campus / Medical Transcription / 855 Central Ave, Albany, New York 12206-1513
Minnesota State College Southeast / Medical Transcription / 1250 Homer Rd, Winona, Minnesota 55987
Minnesota State Community and Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
Moraine Park Technical College / Medical Transcription / 235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940
Mott Community College / Medical Transcription / 1401 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
Mountain State College / Medical Transcription / 1508 Spring St, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101-3993
Mountwest Community and Technical College / Medical Transcription / One Mountwest Way, Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Mt Hood Community College / Medical Transcription / 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, Oregon 97030
Neosho County Community College / Medical Transcription / 800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad / Medical Transcription / 1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana / Medical Transcription / 2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
North Central Michigan College / Medical Transcription / 1515 Howard St, Petoskey, Michigan 49770
North Idaho College / Medical Transcription / 1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2199
Northeast Iowa Community College / Medical Transcription / 1625 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400
Northland Community and Technical College / Medical Transcription / 1101 Hwy One East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Northland Pioneer College / Medical Transcription / 2251 E. Navajo Blvd., Holbrook, Arizona 86025-0610
Northwest Technical College / Medical Transcription / 905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601-4907
Oakland Community College / Medical Transcription / 2480 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304-2266
Olney Central College / Medical Transcription / 305 N West Street, Olney, Illinois 62450
Onondaga Community College / Medical Transcription / 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York 13215-4585
Parkland College / Medical Transcription / 2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, Illinois 61821-1899
Passaic County Community College / Medical Transcription / One College Blvd, Paterson, New Jersey 07505-1179
Peninsula College / Medical Transcription / 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, Washington 98362
Pikes Peak Community College / Medical Transcription / 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906-5498
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics / Medical Transcription / 5 Allegheny County Airport, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122
Presentation College / Medical Transcription / 1500 N Main, Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-1280
Reading Area Community College / Medical Transcription / 10 S Second St, Reading, Pennsylvania 19602
Rend Lake College / Medical Transcription / 468 N Ken Gray Pkwy, Ina, Illinois 62846
Richland Community College / Medical Transcription / One College Park, Decatur, Illinois 62521-8512
Ridgewater College / Medical Transcription / 2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
Roane State Community College / Medical Transcription / 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee 37748
Rochester Community and Technical College / Medical Transcription / 851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minnesota 55904-4999
Rock Valley College / Medical Transcription / 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114-5699
Saint Paul College / Medical Transcription / 235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808
San Antonio College / Medical Transcription / 1819 N. Main Ave.,, San Antonio, Texas 78212-3941
San Juan College / Medical Transcription / 4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico 87402-4699
Schoolcraft College / Medical Transcription / 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152-2696
Shawnee Community College / Medical Transcription / 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, Illinois 62992
Snead State Community College / Medical Transcription / 102 Elder Street, Boaz, Alabama 35957-0734
South Arkansas Community College / Medical Transcription / 300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010
Southeastern Illinois College / Medical Transcription / 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
Southern Arkansas University Tech / Medical Transcription / 6415 Spellman Road, Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906
Southern Regional Technical College / Medical Transcription / 15689 US Hwy 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia 31792
Southern State Community College / Medical Transcription / 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133-9406
Southern Union State Community College / Medical Transcription / 750 Roberts St, Wadley, Alabama 36276
Southwestern Michigan College / Medical Transcription / 58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047-9793
Spoon River College / Medical Transcription / 23235 North County 22, Canton, Illinois 61520-8622
St Philip’s College / Medical Transcription / 1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, Texas 78203-2098
SUNY Broome Community College / Medical Transcription / 907 Upper Front St, Binghamton, New York 13905
Texas State Technical College / Medical Transcription / 3801 Campus Drive, Waco, Texas 76705
Treasure Valley Community College / Medical Transcription / 650 College Blvd, Ontario, Oregon 97914
University of Akron Wayne College / Medical Transcription / 1901 Smucker Rd, Orrville, Ohio 44667
Washtenaw Community College / Medical Transcription / 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800
West Georgia Technical College / Medical Transcription / 176 Murphy Campus Blvd., Waco, Georgia 30182
West Shore Community College / Medical Transcription / 3000 N Stiles Rd, Scottville, Michigan 49454-0277
Western Dakota Technical Institute / Medical Transcription / 800 Mickelson Dr, Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College / Medical Transcription / 4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929
Yakima Valley College / Medical Transcription / South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
Zane State College / Medical Transcription / 1555 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
Alabama$15.83$32,930
Alaska$21.26$44,220
Arizona$18.25$37,950
Arkansas$14.92$31,040
California$21.95$45,650
Colorado$17.05$35,470
Connecticut$20.20$42,020
Delaware$15.20$31,620
District of Columbia$23.19$48,230
Florida$16.38$34,070
Georgia$16.72$34,780
Hawaii$14.91$31,020
Idaho$15.01$31,220
Illinois$16.88$35,100
Indiana$17.75$36,920
Iowa$16.23$33,750
Kansas$14.92$31,040
Kentucky$16.46$34,240
Louisiana$14.13$29,390
Maine$16.99$35,330
Maryland$17.24$35,860
Massachusetts$22.94$47,710
Michigan$15.69$32,640
Minnesota$19.87$41,320
Mississippi$14.58$30,330
Missouri$17.99$37,420
Montana$15.32$31,870
Nebraska$16.96$35,270
Nevada$15.88$33,030
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
Ohio$17.27$35,930
Oklahoma$16.43$34,180
Oregon$18.95$39,410
Pennsylvania$19.15$39,840
Rhode Island$20.31$42,250
South Carolina$16.91$35,170
South Dakota$15.11$31,420
Tennessee$15.89$33,060
Texas$19.51$40,590
Utah$16.08$33,450
Vermont$16.72$34,780
Virginia$16.13$33,560
Washington$21.87$45,480
West Virginia$15.57$32,380
Wisconsin$18.19$37,830
Wyoming$18.25$37,950

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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