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 Website||Address|
|Albany Technical College||1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, Georgia 31701|
|Arkansas Northeastern College||2501 S Division, Blytheville, Arkansas 72316-1109|
|Atlanta Technical College||1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-4446|
|Bristol Community College||777 Elsbree St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720-7395|
|Central Georgia Technical College||80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, Georgia 31088|
|Coastal Pines Technical College||1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, Georgia 31503|
|College of the Ouachitas||One College Circle, Malvern, Arkansas 72104-0816|
|Dakota County Technical College||1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068-2999|
|Eastern Maine Community College||354 Hogan Rd, Bangor, Maine 04401|
|El Centro College||801 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202-3604|
|Everett Community College||2000 Tower Street, Everett, Washington 98201|
|Gaston College||201 Hwy 321 S, Dallas, North Carolina 28034|
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College||One Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, Georgia 30161|
|Great Falls College Montana State University||2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405|
|Highland Community College||2998 W Pearl City Rd, Freeport, Illinois 61032-9341|
|Howard College||1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720|
|Johnson County Community College||12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299|
|Kalamazoo Valley Community College||6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003-4070|
|Kirkwood Community College||6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068|
|Martinsburg College||341 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-6204|
|Metropolitan Community College Area||30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610|
|Mid Michigan College||1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447|
|Minnesota State Community and Technical College||1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000|
|Moraine Park Technical College||235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54936-1940|
|Mountwest Community and Technical College||One Mountwest Way, Huntington, West Virginia 25701|
|Neosho County Community College||800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720|
|Northeast Iowa Community College||1625 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400|
|Onondaga Community College||4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, New York 13215-4585|
|Ridgewater College||2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, Minnesota 56201|
|Saint Paul College||235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808|
|San Juan College||4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico 87402-4699|
|South Arkansas Community College||300 S West Ave, El Dorado, Arkansas 71731-7010|
|Southern Arkansas University Tech||6415 Spellman Road, Camden, Arkansas 71701-1906|
|Southern Regional Technical College||15689 US Hwy 19 North, Thomasville, Georgia 31792|
|Southern State Community College||100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133-9406|
|Southern Union State Community College||750 Roberts St, Wadley, Alabama 36276|
|SUNY Broome Community College||907 Upper Front St, Binghamton, New York 13905|
|Treasure Valley Community College||650 College Blvd, Ontario, Oregon 97914|
|Washtenaw Community College||4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929|
|Zane State College||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.
Administrative support services 28%
Physicians Offices 24%
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
|State||Avg. Pay Per Hour||Avg. Salary|
|District of Columbia||$23.19||$48,230|
Salary by employer type
Medical/Diagnostic laboratories $41,540
Physicians Offices $35,540
Administrative support services $28,300