Frequently Asked Questions
What is a medical transcriptionist?
Medical Transcriptionists are specialists in medical language
and healthcare documentation. They interpret and transcribe dictation
by physicians regarding patient evaluations, workups, medical procedures,
testing procedures, diagnoses, prognoses, and more. They edit the
dictated material for grammar and clarity as necessary and appropriate.
Why is the School of Medical Transcription so inexpensive when
compared to other schools?
The School of Medical Transcription covers the academic portion
of what it takes to be a successful medical transcriptionist. The
reason that the School of Medical Transcription is less than other
schools is because we are not supported by tuition alone. Our company
makes most of its money actually doing medical transcription. Because
of this we are able to offer our school at 2-3 times less than what
most schools charge.
What level of typing skills do I need?
You will need at least moderate typing /keyboarding skills to
get started in the program and excellent skills to be successful
as a medical transcriptionist. The more you practice the better
your typing skills will become. You also need a very good command
of the English language including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
You will need good ability to skillfully work in Microsoft Word.
The basic training course will cover these fundamentals.
Do I need a computer at home to take the course?
You will need a computer to complete The School of Medical Transcription
program. You will also need a computer with a current version of
Microsoft Word if you plan to go on into the Training program afterwards.
How do I find work after I've finished the training?
When you are finished with The School of Medical Transcription,
you will have the skills you need to find a job doing medical transcription
anywhere. Since it such a highly competitive market and difficult
for a newbie to find a job right after training, we do provide help
with this through the Training program You can sign up for this
program through us and work closely with a personal trainer who
will help you to achieve the goal of working for pay doing medical
Will you supply me with a job when I am finished?
We hire graduates from our Training program once they have reached
a standard level of proficiency. Just like any field, you need to
go out and market yourself also. There are plenty of jobs out there,
with a high demand for good medical transcriptionists. You just
need to look for them.
What kind of work can I get as a medical transcriptionist?
Your training prepares you to meet the job demands in a variety
of places. These include hospitals, doctor and dental offices, clinics,
medical specialty offices, private medical transcription companies,
and a variety of other organizations that typically hire medical
language specialists. You can also work on your own and have clients
anywhere. You can create a local client list and use any modern
technology available to you to help them with their medical transcription
Do I need a computer at home to work at home?
You will need a computer with a word processor program (Microsoft
Word to work for us) and Internet access to receive the voice dictation
and to send your completed reports. Depending on the type of work
you will be doing, you may also need a printer as well.
If I work at home, how much time will I have to complete paid
Regardless of where you work, medical transcription does require
deadlines. There is often a turnaround time of 24 hours or less
from the time of dictation. If you have your own client base, you
can work that out with them as to when they will require the work
back to them.
How will speech recognition technology affect the future of medical
In spite of the advances in this technology, speech recognition
technology is not yet able to grasp the difficult medical language
necessary to perform an efficient task for medical documents. There
will always be a need for skilled medical transcriptionists who
continue to broaden their knowledge base and have the capability
to identify and correctly edit the inevitable errors caused by normal
dictation. An MT who has enough understanding of the health specialty
to create a final professional document will always be needed. Medical
transcriptionists continue to be the best qualified to interpret
the complexity of human speech.
What is your grading scale?
Our grading scale is as follows: 90-100% is an A; 80-89% is a
B; 70-79% is a C. Anything below that is not passing. Since it is
of utmost importance for a medical transcriptionist to be a specialist
in their profession, we don’t allow grades below 70%.
Rules and Regulations
Students are required to read the assigned text and to take the
corresponding test after each chapter. You will test on our online
testing site, which will provide you with automatic scoring on your
test. You can read the assigned text and take the tests at your
own convenience with no time limitations. Work the course material
around your schedule. After completing the course, you will receive
a Certificate of Completion for your efforts.
Can I ask for help from my home?
A mentor is available for questions throughout the program. We
supply you with information and support to help you achieve a successful
career as a medical transcriptionist. Although we have designed
this program for you to work independently at your own pace, we
have provided email access to a mentor who will be available to
Does my Certificate of Completion make me a certified MT?
No, it does not. It will reflect your training in the basics that
are needed to become a proficient medical transcriptionist. Becoming
a certified MT is something that will take you some time to accomplish
after you have started working, as you will need to gain some experience
in several different fields of medical transcription first.
Please note that the title of CMT (Certified Medical Transcriptionist)
can only be acquired through the American Association for Medical
Transcription (AAMT). Certification is achieved upon successful
completion of their examination. For information on AAMT and certification,
visit their web site at http://www.aamt.org
What happens after I complete The School of Medical Transcription?
Following completion of The School of Medical Transcription, we
hope that you will partake of the FREE Transam Associates Trainer-Protegee
Program. This program is designed to help bridge the gap between
training and doing medical transcription for pay. It is designed
to get you working faster than going out into the job market right
out of the school.
What are our educational objectives?
Our goal is to develop a knowledgeable, well-trained medical transcriptionist
who is ready to start an entry-level position in today’s job
market upon completion of this program. With this knowledge, you
may be able to make yourself available for better job opportunities
or even begin developing your own home-based business.
How long does it take to complete the program?
It all depends on your commitment and the amount of time you put
into it. It depends on how easily you learn the material and how
fast you test after each chapter. The program is designed for you
to take at your own pace. Who knows your schedule better than you?
Your time in this program is all in your control.
Do you have any other recommendations for me?
It is essential that you have good English grammar skills and
learn good research skills. The research skills will be vital when
you start working. During this program, the text will be the only
reference that you will need, other than possibly a regular general
dictionary. When you are nearing the end of the program, you may
want to consider starting to put together a personal reference library
of your own. We suggest a medical dictionary, abbreviations book,
drug reference, and an English grammar and punctuation reference.
Your mentor will be able to suggest some references to you or you
can choose your own. We suggest that when studying the material,
pay close attention to what is being taught. One important thing
for a medical transcriptionist is to not only type the reports and
know the words, but to understand what is being said in the report.
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