Certified Medical Transcriptionist

Become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist

Medical transcriptionists serve a vital purpose in documenting patient diagnoses and care during medical procedures. If you are interested in becoming a valuable and sought-after member of a healthcare team, this 100% online course will train you for a career as a Certified Medical Transcriptionist.

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Job Outlook for Certified Medical Transcriptionist

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the demand for transcription services to grow steadily between now and 2029. As technology such as speech-to-text software improves, experts encourage transcriptionists to pursue specializations in fields that feature unique terminology and which value accuracy, such as healthcare.
  • The BLS states that medical transcriptionists earn $16.05 per hour or $33,380 per year. According to PayScale.com, lead transcriptionists earn $19 per hour or more.

Certified Medical Transcriptionist FAQs

What does a certified medical transcriptionist do?

Medical transcriptionists, who are sometimes called health documentation specialists, provide written records of the spoken dialogue between healthcare professionals and their patients. They ensure that proper medical terms and accurate recitations appear in patient records.

Is certification important for Medical Transcriptionist?

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, which administers the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam, states that certification sends a "clear signal" to the entire healthcare system that a transcriptionist has undergone rigorous and meaningful professional preparation. This course includes a voucher for the RHDS exam.

Can Certified Medical Transcriptionists work remotely?

Because medical transcription involves digital recording and word processing tools, medical transcription is considered an excellent career work-from-home or remote opportunities.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the importance of maintaining the confidential nature of medical reports
  • Transcribe medical reports using correct report format and correct capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, symbols, and metric measurements
  • Correctly spell English and medical terms in addition to abbreviations, either by memory or by using a dictionary or reference book
  • Identify the knowledge, skills, abilities, and responsibilities required of medical transcriptionists
  • Learn the proper format to transcribe doctors' notes into medical reports
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality & accuracy
  • Gain hands-on experience via case studies covering a variety of medical situations

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  1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
  2. The Musculoskeletal System
  3. The Cardiovascular System
  4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
  5. The Respiratory System
  6. The Digestive System
  7. The Urinary System
  8. The Nervous System
  9. The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
  10. The Integumentary System
  11. The Endocrine System
  12. The Reproductive System
  13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology


  1. The Medical Transcription Industry
  2. The Medical Record: Confidentiality and Legal Issues
  3. English Language Basics for the MT
  4. Understanding Medical Terminology – a Refresher
  5. Mastering Common Medical Terms
  6. Pharmacology
  7. Report Types and Formatting Standards
  8. Transcription Rules and Formatting Guidelines
  9. Preparing to Transcribe


Case Study 1 – Reproductive System
Case Study 2 – The Gastrointestinal System
Case Study 3 – The Cardiopulmonary System
Case Study 4 – Pediatric Neurology/Orthopedics Systems
Case Study 5 – Psychology/Neurology System

Final Exam