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Medical Transcription course curriculum

The Medical Transcription course curriculum includes real-world tools and hands-on lessons. Your training helps you develop the actual skills you will need for a successful career transcribing dictation, reports, and more for the healthcare field.

Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 1: Medical Record Style

Introduction to Healthcare Documentation  

Meaningful text; common abbreviations; career opportunities for documentation specialists; electronic health records; public policy regarding healthcare documents; demographics; clinical quality measures; productivity tools; research skills; proofing and editing.

Standards of Style, Part 1 

Style conventions; homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, heteronyms, and eponyms; similar sounding words; abbreviations; brief forms and slang; capitalization, grammar, and punctuation.

Standards of Style, Part 2 

Types of reports; formats and headings; second and continuing pages; numbers; additional abbreviations, terms, and phrases; completing and editing reports; turnaround times.

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Program Description

The Medical Transcription Fundamentals program is designed to introduce students to the healthcare documentation field and to give them hands-on skills transcribing case reports related to a variety of medical specialties. Students will gain fundamental knowledge of the most frequently encountered diseases, diagnoses, and treatments associated with the body's major anatomical systems. The program focuses on standard transcription practices and style guides common in today's medical offices.

Program Objectives

After completing the Medical Transcription Fundamentals certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the personal and professional skills required for success in medical transcription, outline the duties associated with this work, and describe the employment opportunities available to trained students.
  2. Identify and describe basic examination procedures and positions, laboratory tests, radiography techniques, and pharmacology.
  3. Identify common problems and errors that occur during dictation or conversion, and explain when specific reference materials should be consulted.
  4. Explain why medical records are confidential, and describe the components of HIPAA and other healthcare regulations that require transcriptionists to maintain patient confidentiality.
  5. Transcribe various types of reports accurately from a variety of medical specialties, and proofread this work for accuracy and compliance with standard rules of grammar and style.

Interpreting your job path

You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Medical Transcription Fundamentals Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth College Central Network are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth College Central Network whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.

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