Medical Transcription

Medical Transcription

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Our Medical Transcription course creates a simulation approach to medical transcription that will give you a working knowledge of the medical reports most commonly used in both inpatient and outpatient care settings. You will transcribe 100s of real medical reports. The course provides an overview of basic typing skills, proper transcription techniques, punctuation fundamentals, and proofreading guidelines. We also provide you with the proper formatting, grammar, and style in accordance with AHDI. Transcription reports include: history and physical examinations, correspondence letters, charts and progress notes, and speech recognition editing. Log into the textbook resources to get even more proofreading practice and transcription experience. 

Prerequisite(s): Medical Terminology

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the fundamentals of medical transcription, including skills, abilities, equipment
  • Recognize the core elements of transcription: punctuation, capitalization, and grammar
  • Identify how to properly transcribe correspondence letters
  • List how to accurately transcribe history and physical examination records
  • Differentiate between various medical reports and identify the proper ways to transcribe them

Medical Transcription Module 1
Typing Practice & Improvement

  • Pre-Test Your Typing Ability
  • Finger Positioning Exercises
  • Typing Practice Games
  • Typing Progress Tracking
  • Improve Your Typing Skills
  • Increase Your Typing Speed

Medical Transcription Module 2
Medical Transcription: The Basics

  • Medical Communication
  • Transcription Skills and Speed
  • Physically Challenged Transcriptionists
  • Ethical and Legal Responsibilities
  • Medical Reports and Records
  • Equipment and Technology
  • Ergonomics
  • Dictation Equipment

Medical Transcription Module 3
Punctuation and Capitalization

  • Vocabulary
  • Comma
  • Period
  • Decimal Point
  • Quotation Marks
  • Colon
  • Hyphens
  • Spacing with Punctuation
  • Capitalization Rules

Medical Transcription Module 4
Transcribing Numbers, Figures, Abbreviations, and Letters

  • Metric System in Medical Records
  • Typing Numbers
  • Use of Abbreviations & Acronyms
  • Postscript
  • Qualities of a Mailable Letter
  • Letter Formats
  • Letter Mechanics
  • Placement & Paragraphing
  • Signing and Mailing

Medical Transcription Module 5
Proofreading and Reference Books

  • Where Errors Occur
  • Accuracy
  • Types of Errors
  • How to Proofread
  • English & Medical Dictionaries
  • Journals & Newsletters
  • Medical Spelling
  • Compound Words
  • Spelling The Names of Drugs

Medical Transcription Module 6
Word Endings and Grammar Review

  • Plural Endings
  • Forming Plurals of Medical Terms
  • Basic Rules for Plural English Words
  • Noun and Adjective Endings
  • Homonyms
  • Word-Choice Pairs
  • Antecedents
  • Parallel Structure
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Tense of Verbs

Medical Transcription Module 7
Outpatient Medical Chart Notes and Physical Exam Report

  • General Principles for Complete Documentation in Medical Records
  • New Patient, Office
  • Established Patient, Office
  • Chart Note, Emergency Department Visit
  • Formats and Styles
  • Patient History
  • Physical Examinations
  • Interval History

Medical Transcription Module 8
Medical Reports and Business Documents

  • Discharge Summaries
  • Operative Reports
  • Pathology Reports
  • Radiology and Imaging Reports
  • Consultation Reports
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Writing Memoranda
  • Electronic Mail
  • Typing Hospital Protocols and Reports
  • Agenda and Minutes

Medical Transcription Module 9
Speech Recognition and Establishing Your Career

  • Medical Transcriptionist Terminology
  • Medical Document Quality Editor Terminology
  • Speech-Recognized Draft Editing
  • Demographic Data
  • Working from Home
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Home-Based Business
  • Interview Skills
  • Professionalism

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Online is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of our Medical Transcription course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position doing medical transcription and will be prepared to sit for the AHDI national certification exam to become a Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Online has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Online has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Online is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.

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