O ver eighty percent of adults and over ninety percent of children have had contact with a health care professional in the past year, which creates a trickle down effect for various types of health care professionals and medical administrative staff, including medical transcriptionists.
Each time a doctor sees a patient, they dictate oral notes, or write in medical shorthand about that visit and medical transcription is the translation of those notes into text format. Transcribing those notes into written documents enables themselves or other members of the health care team to easily read and understand those notes at a later date, thus providing more consistent care.
You will need to complete formal medical transcription training and earn a certificate or associate degree program from a community college or vocational school. Courses in a medical transcription program include:
Many community colleges and vocational schools offer programs, both online and in class, so it’s important to contact each school to find out what training option will work best for you.
Certification is not required however some medical transcriptionists choose to become certified as this credential distinguishes them from those without the credential, and raises a potential employer’s confidence in hiring them.
You can become certified by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, who offers the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) and the Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) certifications.
|Quick Facts about Medical Transcriptionists|
|2020 Median Pay||$35,270 per year/$16.96 per hour|
|Entry-level Education||Certificate or Associate Degree|
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics April 9, 2021