Dear Alesa: Is Certification Required?

Dear Alesa,
I’m so confused with certification in the medical transcription editing industry. Is it required before I get a job? Who certifies us? How do we certify?
Overwhelmed with Credentials

Dear Overwhelmed,
Medical transcription editing credentialing is confusing so we’re glad you asked. Credentialing in this industry is considered voluntary—meaning it’s not required in order to enter the workforce. Most companies simply require graduation from an approved training program (which you’re working towards if you’re in Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor Program).
While credentialing is not required to enter the workforce, you are welcome to pursue it after graduation if you wish. Credentials are helpful if, after you start working, you want to prove to employers your dedication to continuing your education in the industry. If you do wish to pursue a credential after graduation, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) is the organization that offers healthcare documentation specialist credentials. There are two examinations available: Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) and Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS).
The RHDS examination is for recent graduates of medical transcription training programs, healthcare documentation specialists (MTs) with fewer than 2 years of acute care experience, and experienced healthcare documentation specialists who work in a single-specialty environment. This is the credential we’d suggest you pursue if you wish to achieve one after graduation.
The CHDS examination is for Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialists with at least 2 years of experience in acute care or multi-specialty environments. This credential is something you can strive for once you’ve got some experience under your belt.
If you’re interested in learning more about credentialing, check out AHDI’s Certification website.

I hope this helps!
Alesa Little, MTE
Medical Transcription Editor Instructor

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