Medical Transcription Training Online

Certification Training and Exam Package

Put your interest in administration and your passion for healthcare to use with our Medical Transcription training. Ashworth College's Medical Transcription training online course prepares you to take the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) certification exam administered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). RHDS certification is nationally recognized and will demonstrate to employers your expertise in transcribing, proofreading, and editing medical dictation. Enroll in Ashworth College's Medical Transcription training today and finish in as few as 4 months.

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Lesson Group 1: 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 2: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

Medical Terminology  

Fundamentals and origins of medical terms; analyzing, defining, and creating medical terms; identifying major body structures and directional terms.

Body Systems 1 

Anatomy, physiology, and basic terminology related to the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems.

Body Systems 2 

Anatomy, physiology, and basic terminology related to the urinary and reproductive systems; gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology terms and conditions; anatomy of the eyes and ears.

Lesson Group 3: Introduction to Medical Transcription and Healthcare Documentation

Introduction to Healthcare Documentation and the Healthcare Record 

Attributes of a professional transcriptionist; health record privacy; protected health information and disclosure; HIPAA regulations; creation and components of health records; commonly dictated healthcare reports.

Documentation Technology and Transcription Practices  

Security measures for health information; recommended encryption standards; speech recognition technology; electronic health records; abbreviation expansion software; auditory discrimination; electronic references and Internet resources; proofreading and editing strategies; productivity strategies.

Perspectives on Style  

Common terms used in healthcare documentation; frequently misspelled or misused words; Arabic and Roman numerals; units of measure; abbreviations and acronyms; capitalization and punctuation rules; subject-verb agreement; symbols; correcting inverted and fragmented sentences.

Transcribing for Psychiatry and Dermatology 

Common psychiatric diseases; diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in psychiatry; psychiatric pharmacology; advanced wound therapy; surgical and laboratory dermatology procedures; pharmacology for dermatology.

Transcribing for Family and Internal Medicine 

Pediatrics; otorhinolaryngology; endocrinology; hematology; oncology; geriatrics; common diseases, blood disorders, and cancers.

Lesson Group 4: Documentation and Transcription for Medical Specialties

Transcribing for Pulmonary Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Cardiology  

Structure and function of the respiratory system, eyes, and cardiovascular system; common pulmonary, ophthalmology, and cardiovascular terms; common diseases of the respiratory system, the eyes, and the cardiovascular system; diagnostic and surgical procedures; pulmonary, ophthalmic, and cardiovascular drugs and their uses; related laboratory tests and procedures.

Transcribing for Urology, Nephrology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology  

Structure and function of the urinary tract and male reproductive system; genitourinary terms, diseases, diagnostic and laboratory tests, surgical procedures, and drugs; structure and function of the female reproductive system; common ObGyn terms; patient care during pregnancy and delivery; common diseases of the female reproductive system; ObGyn diagnostic and surgical procedures, laboratory tests, and drugs.

Transcribing for Gastroenterology and Orthopedics 

Structure and function of the gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems; common gastrointestinal and orthopedic terms, diseases, and drugs; common fractures of the extremities; gastrointestinal and orthopedic diagnostic and surgical procedures and laboratory tests and procedures.

Transcribing for Neurology, Diagnostic Imaging, and Pathology  

Structure and function of the nervous system; common neurology terms and drugs; diseases of the nervous system; neurology diagnostic and surgical procedures and laboratory tests and procedures; imaging and pathology terms; imaging procedures, techniques and views; contrast agents and radionuclides; gross and microscopic examination; biopsy and autopsy reports.

Professional Issues  

Work environments and options for medical transcriptionists; questions and considerations for jobs in healthcare documentation; cover letters and resumés; employment search strategies; improving performance on employment tests; employment and networking resources; healthy ergonomic practices.

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Why Ashworth College for your Medical Transcription Training?

  • Ashworth College's online Medical Transcription training is one of the most affordable and convenient online courses offered on healthcare documentation.
  • Your Medical Transcription training helps prepare you to take the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam upon graduation. What's more, your fee for the certification exam is included as part of your program tuition, which means no additional cost to you!
  • Your transcription training will help you become familiar with common medical terminology, healthcare reports, documentation technology, and transcription style—essential topics that will enable you to produce accurate, detailed medical documents.
  • You'll receive hands-on training using a foot pedal and downloadable audio files that will enable you to complete transcription simulations and gauge your progress.
  • Your medical transcription courses include virtual field trips using Internet resources to reinforce advanced concepts, provide multimedia presentations, and to help develop your skills for research and professional growth.

Healthcare Documentation Certification

Ashworth College partners with Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) to provide you with a valuable opportunity for professional Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist certification.

Why choose AHDI for your medical transcription certification?

  • AHDI champions excellence in healthcare documentation and advocates for standards in education and practice to ensure the highest level of accuracy, privacy, and security to protect public health, increase patient safety, and improve quality of care for healthcare consumers.
  • AHDI unites healthcare documentation professionals and industry partners as members of a collaborative professional community to achieve its mission to protect patient's health information through continuous workforce development and the support of practitioners and industry partners.
  • AHDI's RHDS credential can help validate your breadth of knowledge and skills to employers, prepare you for new positions related to electronic health records, and demonstrate that you take initiative to go above the minimum requirements.

Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity

Medical Transcription Certification Exam Requirements

Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with AHDI for their requirements.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Your Medical Transcription Training Course

As part of Ashworth's Medical Transcription program, you'll have the opportunity to learn about anatomical systems, components of health records, common procedures and treatments, and transcription rules for a variety of medical reports.

Employers are looking for medical transcriptionists who can:

  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
  • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.
  • Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.
  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.
  • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.

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Your Medical Transcription Course Includes:

  • Medical transcription textbook and learning guides
  • Downloadable audio files via online textbook resources
  • Foot pedal
  • Medical dictionary
  • Online exams and assessments
  • RHDS certification exam (U.S. $180 value!)
  • 12-month license for the digital version of the RHDS certification exam guide (U.S. $50 value!)
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Personalized Career Guidance
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty, and staff via Ashworth's Online Community

What certifications are available for those interested in Medical Transcription and Healthcare Documentation?

The Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) credential from AHDI can give you a competitive advantage in your field, as it's often recognized by many employers and may help open the door for more job opportunities.

What features should I look for in the Ashworth College Medical Transcription program compared to other schools' programs?

It's important that the program you choose includes the latest information on healthcare documentation guidelines and report styles. Look for a program that has only the lesson content you need to know; a program that's focused on the medical transcription skills you need to start your career. Your program should include lessons on medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, transcription technology, document style guides, medical specialty reports, and electronic health records. You also want a program that covers protected health information and HIPAA regulations for healthcare documentation specialists.

Is this course all online or do I get books?

The program textbook and foot pedal are shipped to the student. Learning guides are available online and as printed booklets. Dictation files are downloadable via the textbook online resources website.

Ashworth College is a best-value Medical Transcription training school. Call us at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.