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As a medical transcriptionist, you'll be responsible for turning doctors' daily dictation tapes into clear, concise print and electronic documents. Such records are the main reference for health care decisions made by patients and their physicians. They must be produced in a timely, accurate, and confidential manner. Employment of medical transcriptionists is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020 as health care and insurance providers transition to electronic documentation systems that allow more efficient access to patient records.* Now is the time to prepare for your future as a medical transcriptionist.
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Transcription is designed to help you achieve the specialized skills and knowledge you need to become a certified professional online. In addition to helping you develop self-discipline and ethical standards, the curriculum focuses on:
Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete a practicum experience.† You will experience life as a medical transcriptionist working from home and dealing with a variety of specialties, accents, and turnaround times.
Certification is often a requirement for employment as a medical transcriptionist. When you graduate from this program and meet the requirements of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, you may sit for the Registered Medical Transcriptionist examination.‡
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Transcription program is approved by the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP), a joint committee established by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). AHDI can be contacted at:4230 Kiernan Avenue, Suite 130Modesto, CA 95356-9322Tel: 209.527.9620
Medical transcriptionists enjoy exposure to many different medical
disciplines. They work in hospitals, physicians' offices, and a broad
range of other medical facilities. Work is frequently outsourced to
independent contractors who operate their businesses from home.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jun 05, 2013
Online and Hagerstown Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
Online and Campus Start Date
Jul 31, 2013
Total Program Credits: 90
In this required introductory course, students will
identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health
science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations.
Students will create a personal education
plan, choosing appropriate electives and
identifying specific career optionsbased
on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and
skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
Total Program Credits: 90
This course emphasizes the basic principles
and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to
the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts,
physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and
various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case
studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the
importance of their professional, legal, and ethical
This course provides a logical understanding
of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word
roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural
are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling,
and pronunciation. These principles are applied to study the
following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood
and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each
body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic,
lab, and surgical procedures; as well as pharmacology for
interest and knowledge.
This course introduces and provides basic
practice in the three most commonly used applications in health
care: word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation. Emphasis is
placed on the utilization of these programs in a health care
environment and by health care professionals.
This course is an integrated study of the
human body. The focus is on understanding the interrelated nature
of the systems of the body. This includes the concept of
homeostasis as well as the relationship between structure and
function. This course encompasses the anatomy of selected systems
as well as the physiology and terminology as applied to the body.
The course presents the chemical basis of life and provides a
basic understanding of cells, cellular metabolism, and tissue
composition and functions. The course also includes the study of
the structures and functions of the following systems:
integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and
This course is the continuation of integrated
study of the human body. This course encompasses the anatomy of
selected systems as well as the physiology and terminology as
applied to the body. The course also includes the study of the
structures and functions of the following systems: circulatory,
lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and
Studies include the most common diseases of
bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic
tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also
study alternative treatments and pain
HS 130 or PU 120
This course is an introduction to the study of
keyboarding and language arts activities. The students learn hand
position and typing acuity, including building straight-copy
skills and number-typing skills, as well as document processing
skills and language arts skills. The course concentrates on
principles of learning, especially those related to the
acquisition of psychomotor skills, and typing speed and
This keyboarding course emphasizes advanced
formatting features used in business and medical documents, as
well as speed and accuracy development. Advanced keyboarding
skills are critical for medical transcriptionists and valuable
for other medical professionals. These skills are especially
important when learning to type by touch, as they directly
determine speed and accuracy.
This course focuses on the broad field of pharmacology. Students study drug classes with an emphasis on the most commonly prescribed drugs including their indication, mechanism of action, and doses. Methods and routes of administration are explored. The course also covers diagnostic tests and laboratory procedures for common diseases. The identification of normal laboratory values and how to select and interpret an appropriate reference source are also included.
100/200-level mathematics course and HS
Medical Records Transcription I offers
students the opportunity to begin transcribing basic health care
documents from dictation and integrates the application of
English language skills, medical terminology, proofreading,
editing, research, and technology. Accuracy rates and
productivity standards consistent with beginning transcription
will be adhered to in this course.
HS 111 and HS 200
Medical Records Transcription II builds on
students' previous mastery of basic health care dictation by
advancing the knowledge base to the intermediate skill level of
dictation, proofreading, and editing. Utilizing resource
materials and industry-specific software and equipment, students
will meet increasingly demanding accuracy and productivity
This course builds on students' mastery of
intermediate health care dictation. Using industry-specific
software and equipment, students progress in their knowledge of
proper format, grammar, and punctuation as well as refine
proofreading and editing skills. Students transcribe a variety of
advanced difficulty specialty reports by health care providers
with and without accents, and increase their familiarity with
industry reference materials. Students implement realistic
productivity and accuracy standards via a multistep approach of
quality control, turn-around time, and records
This course encompasses the development of
professional skills in the medical transcription work
environment. Topics include ethics as they relate to medical
transcription, components of increased job performance,
credentialing, career opportunities, and continuing
This course provides students with a simulated
practicum experience to prepare for work in the field of medical
transcription. Students will experience life as a medical
transcriptionist working from home and dealing with a variety of
specialties, accents, and turnaround times.
MR 270; final term of study
Total Program Credits: 90
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–2011 Edition, Medical Transcriptionists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-transcriptionists.htm (accessed April 2012). Expected national growth rate through the year 2020. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
† Some Kaplan University programs are not 100 percent online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment.
‡ Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.