Medical Transcription and Editing Training Course

Is Medical Transcription the Career for Me?

A career in medical transcription offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Opportunity to work at home

    A real career that allows you to work from your home with no commute, no daycare costs, and the flexibility to work anywhere there's a secure internet connection.

  • Flexible work schedules

    Many medical transcriptionists choose their schedules, so a medical transcription certification allows you to have the freedom to work when it fits your life.

  • Productivity-based income

    The more you work, the more you can make as a medical transcriptionist because most are paid on production.

A transcription career offers the opportunity to earn a great income in the growing healthcare industry from the comfort of your own home. Get started on medical transcription training online today!

Is Career Step the School for Me?

Over 100,000 Career Step students can't be wrong. Choose Career Step, and graduate with the skills you need to start working right away. Career Step offers:

  • Affordable tuition

    Career Step Medical Transcription training is among the best, and you can gain the skills you need to succeed for only $2,999.

  • Preparation for a growing career

    Career Step works closely with hundreds of medical transcription employers, and our partners have more entry-level openings than qualified applicants. With Career Step's Medical Transcription program, you'll have the skills needed for all of those openings.

  • Training to excel in the workforce

    Quickly gain the skills you need to start working from home right after graduation.

Choose Career Step and our online medical transcription course for the quality education you need to train at home to work at home in healthcare documentation.

Medical Transcriptionist Job Description & Earning Potential

What Will I Be Doing as a Medical Transcriptionist?

The clinical documentation industry includes medical transcriptionists and medical transcription editors. Career Step training can prepare you for both of these career paths:

  • Medical transcriptionists type up written reports of the audio files doctors record after they interact with patients. These written reports are then included in the patient's medical record.
  • Medical transcription editors have received specialized transcriptionist training to correct and edit written reports created by speech recognition software, which automatically translates the doctor's dictation into text.

Most of these professionals work from home, although there are a few who work on-site for hospitals or clinics. With Career Step training, you can gain the skills you need to work at home in either of these healthcare documentation roles, making you more flexible when you're looking for a medical transcription job.

How Much Can I Make as a Medical Transcriptionist?

Most medical transcriptionists are paid on production, so the more you work the more you can make. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of medical transcriptionists earn between $27,810 and $42,690 a year.

Medical Transcription Training

How Long Will the Training Take?

Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor training program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 12 months of program access to ensure you’ll have the time you need to complete your training.

What Will I Be Learning?

The Medical Transcription and Editing program has been designed by experts with decades of experience working in and teaching medical transcription. This experience has led us to a comprehensive program design:

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

After establishing a solid knowledge foundation, you'll move to the "practicum" section. In the practicum, you'll develop your transcription and editing skills by practicing on hundreds of authentic doctor dictations and patient records. This hands-on experience will prepare you to transition to the workforce as soon as you graduate.

How do I become a Medical Transcriptionist?

To successfully enter this field, you will need formal medical transcription training. Career Step's Medical Transcription Editor training program is employer-trusted and even preferred by many employers when they're hiring new graduates—which is why over 90% of our medical transcription graduates get jobs right off the bat. Formal training and transcription practice will teach you the medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, healthcare documentation practices, and listening skills you need to perform high quality work and earn your medical transcription certificate.

Want more details about exactly what's included in the programs? Download a brochure or program syllabus to learn more or review the learning objectives for each module.

Medical Transcription Course Tuition

How Much Does the Medical Transcriptionist Program Cost?

Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low tuition payment of $2,999.

The Medical Transcription Editor program is Career Step's premier medical transcription course, preparing you to be a medical transcription editor as well as a medical transcriptionist. Editors work with reports created by speech recognition technology, which is becoming more and more popular in the industry. The program is AHDI approved, and since Career Step is a Champion Sponsor of AHDI's student membership program, you'll get a free AHDI student membership once you enroll. The Medical Transcription Editor course prepares you for the future of the medical transcription industry.

This tuition fee entitles you to an initial 12 months of access to the course. The program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and we provide you 12 months of access to ensure you have the time you need to complete your training.

Are Payment Plans or Tuition Assistance Available?

Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable educational experience. To provide flexibility when enrolling in the online medical transcription course, several payment options are available.

What is Included With My Training Program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You'll have:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team
  • A voucher to take the RHDS national certification exam upon graduation (a $190 value)
  • Graduate support designed to help you turn your education into a job
  • Transcription foot pedal (device used to control audio playback when transcribing)
  • The AHDI Book of Style, 3rd Edition, ebook
  • AHDI student membership

The Medical Transcription program includes 640 hours of curriculum. With an AHDI-approved program, comprehensive support, affordable tuition, and a high placemet rate for after graduation, you can feel confident in choosing Career Step as your online medical transcription school. Start your course online now!

Medical Transcriptionist Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in a medical transcriptionist program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

What is medical transcription?

Medical transcription offers you the opportunity to have a real at-home career in the growing medical industry. The field currently includes 2 important roles:

  • Medical transcriptionists type the audio dictations of doctor-patient interactions, creating the reports that make up patients' medical records.
  • Medical transcription editors—specialized medical transcriptionists—correct and edit dictation reports created by speech recognition software, which electronically translates dictations into text.

With Career Step you can train for both of these career paths, work from the comfort of your home, and prepare for the future of the industry.

What is the job market for a medical transcriptionist?

Medical transcription is part of the rapidly growing healthcare industry, and medical transcription employers regularly ask Career Step for more graduates to fill their entry-level positions. Career Step training is well-known and well-respected within the medical transcription industry, particularly by employers. Most medical transcription companies require job applicants to have several years of experience, but because Career Step's curriculum is so thorough and trusted, many companies are willing to waive the experience requirement for Career Step graduates. Over 700 companies have hired Career Step graduates and the vast majority are hired within a few months of graduation.

Get the story straight from industry experts and employers!

How much can I earn as a medical transcriptionist and editor?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report states that the middle 50% of medical transcription professionals earn between $27,810 and $42,690 a year. However, it is important to remember that the majority of transcriptionists are paid on a production basis, which offers the opportunity to earn more as you become more familiar with the work, when you work more often, and if you increase your speed or efficiency.

Get a quick overview of the medical transcription industry, including average salaries, in our quick video.

Do I need to be certified?

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) maintains two industry credentials, the Registered Health Documentation Specialist (RHDS) credential and the Certified Health Documentation Specialist (CHDS) credential. The RHDS exam is designed for entry-level medical transcriptionists, and the CHDS exam is designed for medical transcriptionists who have two years of experience working in acute care within the industry.

Very few industry employers require these credentials as a prerequisite to employment, and while your graduation from a Career Step program will not award you either credential, graduates who have taken the exams have generally done well as Career Step's training programs help students build a solid foundational understanding of the medical transcription profession. An exam voucher to take the RHDS exams is included with the course upon graduation (a $190 value) to help you earn your credential right away.

What are the advantages of training with Career Step?

Career Step has been a leader in medical transcription education for over 20 years and offers one of the most comprehensive medical transcription editor training programs in the industry. You will study online, on your own schedule and at your own pace. Career Step's training also includes hundreds of authentic dictations from healthcare providers so that students have real-world experience when they graduate. With Career Step you know you're getting the right education; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your education into a job.

Take a peek inside the Career Step training program and find out what sets our training apart in our quick information session video.

Is Career Step accredited?
Is Career Step AHDI approved?

The Career Step Medical Transcription Editor training program is certified and approved by the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP), which is a joint committee established by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Career Step is also the Champion Sponsor of AHDI’s student membership program. This means that you’ll receive a free AHDI student membership with your training program. Your student membership is designed to help you connect with your peers, answer challenging questions, improve your technology skills, and propel your career.

What is the difference between the Medical Transcription Editor and the Medical Transcription Editor supplement programs?

Career Step has developed two Medical Transcription Editor programs to provide speech recognition training that meets the needs of both new students and already-trained medical transcriptionists.

The full Medical Transcription Editor program is a career-focused course designed for students without medical transcription knowledge and skills. This course prepares them for a career as either a medical transcriptionist or a medical transcription editor.

The Medical Transcription Editor supplemental program is designed for those who have a solid foundation of medical transcription knowledge and skills. This program focuses solely on the specialized speech recognition editing skill set. We strongly recommend you take our short Medical Transcription Editor Skills Evaluation exam before deciding if the supplemental program is the best option for you.

How is the Career Step Medical Transcription Editor program structured?

The Career Step Medical Transcription Editor program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is are broken into modules, or course subjects, with the first half devoted to building your knowledge base while the second half is an extensive practicum designed to help you gain the practical experience you need to smoothly transition into the workplace after graduation.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

What type of student support does Career Step offer?

Career Step student support includes access to:

  • Student Support Instructors and Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.
  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.
  • Graduate Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after graduation. Your Graduate Advisors will help prepare the best resume, develop solid interview skills, and teach you valuable job search techniques.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.

How much transcription practice is included in the program?

There are 41 hours of real-life doctor dictations included in the medical transcription section of the Medical Transcription Editor program. These dictations cover a wide variety of medical specialties as well as the full spectrum of doctor accents and dictation style. The Medical Transcription Editor program also includes 16 hours of additional dictation in the editing practicum section.

Take a peek inside the Career Step training program to get an idea of what our practical training looks like in our quick information session video.

How long does it take to finish the course?

The Medical Transcription Editor program is estimated at 640 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to complete their 640 hour training program in as little as 4 months (working on the course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can devote about 20 hours a week may finish the program in about 8 months).

Every student who enrolls in the Medical Transcription Editor training program receives an initial 4-month period of enrollment. Though the program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, you'll have a full year to complete your training. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial one-year enrollment, we have 4-month extensions available for purchase.

Get an idea of how long the course took other students by checking out a few of the stories in our Graduate Success Library!

How do I find work after graduation?

Career Step offers personalized, post-graduation resources for your job search, including:

  • Personal consultation with an employment advisor
  • Access to employment and referral directories
  • Personalized interview tutorials and training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • A RHDS certification exam voucher upon graduation (a $190 value)
  • Access to Career Step's help hotline for a full year after graduation
  • AHDI student membership

These resources offer the personalized help you need after graduation to transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the vast majority of our graduates are hired within a few months of graduation.

Learn more about Career Step’s graduate support in this quick interview with several of our Graduate Advisors.

What materials and computer specifications are required to complete the course?

Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in medical transcription. Your enrollment includes:

  • Access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one help from student and technical support
  • Transcription foot pedal (device used to control audio playback when transcribing)
  • The AHDI Book of Style, 3rd Edition ebook
  • A RHDS certification exam voucher upon graduation (a $190 value)
  • AHDI student membership
  • Valuable graduate resources

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:

Hardware

  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port

Software

  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader

Browser

  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater*
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)*
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) is not currently compatible

*The Medical Transcription Editor program includes a third party software tool that makes the training only compatible with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer.

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

What payment options does Career Step offer?

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

How soon will I receive my materials?

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.

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