Moms as Medical Transcriptionists

Many stay-at-home moms are interested in career opportunities that allow them to work from home. They want to contribute to their families financially, but they also want to maintain the flexibility required to be an involved and supportive parent. 

Too often, moms get discouraged and think that a remote job with flexible hours and good pay just doesn’t exist. But the opposite is true!

Working as a certified medical transcriptionist is an ideal career for a mother. You can complete your training at home, set your own work schedule, and bring home a solid paycheck. Here’s why and how to become a medical transcriptionist. 

What Does a Medical Transcriptionist Do?

Medical transcriptionists listen to audio files recorded by medical professionals and convert them into written documents that are stored in a patient’s medical records. The transcriptions can be anything and everything from discharge summaries to letters of referral, consultation notes, or medical updates for a patient. 

Sometimes, medical transcriptionists also act as editors that correct and edit written reports created by speech recognition software.

Why Become a Medical Transcriptionist?

There is a shortage of qualified medical transcriptionists working in the market today. As our healthcare system grows, doctors are stretched thin. That’s why so many choose to dictate their notes instead of typing them out throughout the day. Typical speech recognition software can’t handle the complexity of medical terminology as accurately as a well-trained medical transcriptionist. 

Medical transcriptionists also benefit from Medical Transcription Service Organizations. These organizations are large national companies that hire qualified candidates from all over the United States to work from their homes. Because of these groups, you won’t have to worry about finding work in your local market. You can work from anywhere, as long as you have a secure internet connection. 

Statistics show that 71.9% of medical transcriptionists work from home. In fact, 90% of CareerStep graduates work from home in their first paid position, an excellent outcome for working moms. 
And don’t forget about the solid paycheck. Medical transcriptionists earn between $27,240 and $40,820 a year, and you’ll be paid for the amount of work that you complete. The more you work, the more you can make.

What Training Do I Need?

To work as a medical transcriptionist, you’ll need to complete specialized training and pass a national certification exam. If you’re wondering how to study medical transcription from home, CareerStep can help. 

CareerStep’s Medical Transcription Editor training program can be completed in as little as 4 months of full-time study. But, our program is designed to allow busy moms to work around their daily schedule. Our Learners have up to one year to complete their training. 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Typing skills
  • Medical terminology
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Anatomy and pharmacology
  • Medical record types and formats
  • Productivity tips

You’ll also have the opportunity to practice your transcription and editing skills on hundreds of authentic doctor dictations and patient records. 

At the completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to take the RHDS national certification exam and enter the workforce. CareerStep works closely with hundreds of medical transcription employers so that we can assist our graduates in finding ideal entry-level openings. 

For more information on CareerStep and to discover if working as a medical transcriptionist is the right choice for you and your family, contact us today.

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5 thoughts on “Moms as Medical Transcriptionists

  1. Penny Smith says:

    I went through training as a Medical Transcription with Career Step. Very challenging, a good training program. At that time (2011-12) it took me a year to complete. As a mom, I could not accept a full-time job. So as a part-time independent contractor, I had a choice between voice-recognition only, or transcribing, which was mostly for docs who could not use VR because of heavy accents. I still had good accuracy. The per-line rate had been adjusted very low in the industry at that time. I worked very hard for an American organization, about half-time, and grossed about $500 per month. I was required to work nights. At that time, we were essentially being told that transcription was on its way out.
    Has it made a comeback? Have rates gone up?

    • Tiffanee Gurney says:

      Hi Penny. Medical transcription is still alive and well—in fact, we have employers contacting us every month looking for new graduates to apply for their positions because they don’t have enough people since everyone thinks the industry is going away. Also, our program prepares students for careers in transcription editing, which is becoming more and more necessary because of the automated talk-to-text technology. Because the machines have been proven to make mistakes, people are still needed to edit these transcriptions. Over 94% of our medical transcription grads get jobs after graduation, and one big employer even guarantees them a job if they achieve honors or high honors graduation. You might be interested in looking at some of the data here:

  2. John E Clark says:

    OK, I am the newbe, I have never joined a blog or participated in an on line class. I am so confused and going in circles. I thought everything was in the syllabus. I am getting need for books everywhere. Flashcards? where is the training to even learn if you know the answers? Books? I have taken the first little test 4 times, because it keeps directing back to the beginning. Please get me started on the finish line. I admit to not being very patient. Please Help!

    • John E Clark says:

      Do I look here for a reply, or check my email. Like I said, I just retired from being an RN for 23 years, and I am not stupid but this is all too busy. I would prefer just to talk to someone, but I am trying to change my stripes.

    • Tiffanee Gurney says:

      John, we understand how unfamiliar it might be starting a new online course. We have advocates available to help with the onboarding process. Please check the email you use to login to the course, we’ve sent over instructions on how to set up an appointment. The advocate will be able to answer any question you may have about getting started, materials and course navigation.

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