Medical Transcription Training Options

Resources and Tools for Medical Transcriptionists

CareerStep
My choice for relatively affordable and reputable medical transcription training.

Medical Transcription Basics
Free eCourse on being a medical transcriptionist.

It is exceptionally rare... possibly unheard of... for a completely untrained person to be hired to work at home as a medical transcriptionist. There’s a good reason for that. The vocabulary required is immense, the need for accuracy is extreme, and it’s just not that easy a job.

Fortunately, there are many options for getting training to be a medical transcriptionist. Some people have successfully trained themselves and landed jobs (very rare), others attend courses through community colleges, while others go with online programs.

One of the things you will need to understand when you are choosing a medical transcription training course is that there is a difference between a program that offers you a certificate of completion, which some employers require, and being a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT).

A Certified Medical Transcriptionist has taken a test through the AAMT. This test is not recommended for people with less than two years’ experience working as a medical transcriptionist. It tests skills you may not have even become aware of as a student. It’s not necessary to be a CMT in order to find a job, fortunately.

Options

Online Medical Transcription Courses
Online programs are my top recommendation for learning medical transcription. There are three programs that are consistently considered to be the top programs and that have a solid reputation with many employers.

College Programs, Community Colleges and Vocational Schools
You can find quality medical transcription training in some areas. This is good if you would prefer to attend classes in person more so than online.

Taking a Risk and Training Yourself as a Medical Transcriptionist
I don't particularly recommend this method, even though it's the one I used when I started. Things have changed since then, and this doesn't work so well for breaking into medical transcription.

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What Skills Do You Need Before Even Starting Your Medical Transcription Training?
Some skills you need to have even before starting a medical transcription training programs. Some schools won't admit you until your basic skills meet their criteria.

Medical Transcription Software
You need more than just a word processor if you want to be a great medical transcriptionist. The right software can improve your productivity and help you be more accurate.

Books You'll Need as a Medical Transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists need a lot of reference material. There's a lot to know and reports can get into some very unusual or obscure terminology.

Medical Transcription Basics
A site all about learning medical transcription.