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Medical Transcription Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?
The medical transcriptionist is a specialist in medical language and health care documentation that interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding patient assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, prognosis, etc. and edit dictated material for grammar and clarity as necessary.

Is it possible be credentialed as a medical transcriptionist?
Yes, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity offers voluntary credentialing exams to become a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT).  Our Medical Transcription Certificate program prepares you to take this exam.

What is a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) and what type of work do they perform?
The credentials of RMT indicates that you have the core knowledge and skills needed to practice medical transcription effectively in today’s healthcare environment.

What do I need to become a CCA?
Formal education  in medical transcription.   Earning a credential validates your competence as a professional to employers and the public.

How long is the medical transcription  certificate?
Students must complete the program in one year (3 semesters).

What do I have to do to get into the program?
Apply for admission to Owens Community College.
Submit official high school transcript or GED and college transcripts (if applicable).
Register for the Medical Transcription courses.

Will I be able to work while attending the program? Is the program offered in the evenings or weekends?
Students in the program have found having a part-time or full time job is manageable, but does require excellent time management skills. 
Courses are offered totally on-line and you have access to the program 24/7.

Where does an RMT find employment?
RMT’s find employment in a variety of settings including: acute care hospitals, office-based physician practices, nursing homes, home health agencies, mental health facilities, public health agencies.

What type of salary can a RMT expect to receive?
There are different modes of payment for medical transcriptions.  It would depend on the type of facility you are working for, and if you are paid by the hour, per day or per lines typed.

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