Medical Transcription: What You Need to Know

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lady at computerMedical transcription is one of the best options out there if you’re looking for a real work-at-home opportunity. You can be trained and working in a year or less, many medical transcriptionists choose their work schedules, and you play a vital role within the growing healthcare industry. So if you’ve ever considered a medical transcription career or looked into medical transcription training, here are a few important questions you might need answered.

What is medical transcription?
Medical transcription is the process by which trained professionals convert doctor’s recorded dictations into accurate, easy-to-read written documents. Thousands of patients are admitted, processed, treated, and discharged every day, and physicians typically create voice recordings of their notes to keep track of each patient’s current needs, past history, and ongoing progress. These recordings are then given to medical transcriptionists who transcribe the doctor’s notes into a convenient written report.

Do you need formal training to be a medical transcriptionist?
Yes. Medical transcription is a specialized field that definitely requires formal training. You need an excellent grasp of medical terminology, anatomy, pharmacology, healthcare processes, and of course excellent typing and listening skills! Fortunately medical transcriptionist training can be completed in as little as 4 to 6 months and is even available online! And because most employers hire employees to work remotely from their homes they may even prefer those who complete an online training program because it proves the individual has the discipline to successfully work from home.

What can I do to find work as a medical transcriptionist?
After completing an online medical transcription training course, you can search for a job immediately or take the time to earn an industry credential—such as the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) credential offered by AHDI—to help your resume stand out. This credential is recognized but not required by most medical transcription employers.

There are a number of medical transcription employment options: you can find a position as a full- or part-time employee (which may qualify you for traditional employment benefits) or as an independent contractor (which provides more schedule flexibility). No matter which option is best for your individual situation, when you’re choosing medical transcription training be sure to choose a school that offers graduate placement assistance. This can make a world of difference in your job search as employers will already know and recognize your school when you’re applying. It can also be helpful to observe trends in the medical industry by using online resources like MT Desk and Transcription411. These tools can be an invaluable source of support for new medical transcriptionists as they search for work.

Is there a demand for medical transcriptionists?
Currently both the United States and Canada are facing a shortage of medical transcriptionists. With all the changes to the healthcare system and rising demand, there has never been a better time to begin your medical transcription training online. With the right training and qualifications, a good medical transcriptionist should not have trouble finding work.

If the prospect of a job that allows you to work at home and only requires as little as 4 months of formal training appeals to you, then what are you waiting for? Take the first steps toward becoming a medical transcriptionist, and enroll in an online training course today!

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  1. Dee Gidlof December 16, 2014

    another really good article to read; thank you!

  2. Sharon simmons December 17, 2014

    I started the MT/MTE course last month.  I am so excited about doing this type of work - especially being able to work from home!

  3. Career Step December 18, 2014

    Welcome aboard, Sharon! Good luck as you’re working on the course. smile

  4. bonnie January 06, 2015

    I enrolled in October but just getting into the groove this year. I had some personal situations I had to take care of first. I live with a disabled spouse and so I am able to study, when I can, I was involved in medical field for 15+ years back in the early 2000’s, MA, LPN, phlebotomist, insurance examiner so I am moving along but just setting aside my time daily is a challenge. I signed up for this or left a comment once and was FLOODED with emails. I am hoping this does not happen again. I do not mind blogging once in awhile but I am trying to get a class done and it seemed a lot of people were simply just “chatting”. anyway, Sharon Simmons, I would like to email you back and forth since we both have begun close to the same time. tell me about yourself.

  5. Career Step January 07, 2015

    Hi Bonnie,

    Glad to hear you’ve been able to start making some progress. Best of luck as you’re working through the training!

  6. Sita January 08, 2015

    I just enrolled this year and am loving it so far! I am trying to work out a few kinks here and there but overall it’s great! Thank you!

  7. Career Step January 09, 2015

    Hi Sita,

    Glad to have you onboard! Please feel free to let us know if there’s anything we can do to help as you’re working through the course. You can contact your instructors directly at 1-888-657-5752 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Best wishes!

  8. Luke Yancey December 15, 2016

    I wish that doctors were able to write their documents out in a way that made more sense. However, I can understand that they are usually rushed and stressed, so handwriting is not the up most of importance. I think medical transcription can be really beneficial!



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