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Medical Transcriptionist

Medical Transcriptionist

Medical Transcriptionists use their knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, diagnostic procedures and treatment to transcribe dictated recordings from physicians and other health care professionals into medical reports, correspondence and administrative material. Generally the documents transcribed include physical exam and history reports, autopsy reports, operating room reports, discharge summaries, referral letters and consultation reports.

Experienced transcriptionists can spot mistakes or inconsistencies in medical reports and verify the information with the document’s originator. Their ability to understand and correctly transcribe patient assessments and treatments can help reduce the chances that a patient would receive inappropriate care or even harmful treatments. An experienced transcriptionist can help the health care team provide high quality care for every patient.

Salary Range: $22,330 – $51,640

Salary Notes: The median annual salary for medical transcriptionists is $35,720; in Vermont the mean annual salary was $34,780 in 2016.

Where you can study:
Center for Technology, Essex [1], Essex Junction, VT
Community College of Rhode Island [2], Warwick, RI

Where you might work:
– Clinics – Government Medical Facilities – Home (telecommute) – Hospitals – Laboratories – Medical Libraries – Physician Offices

Job Outlook: Employment is expected to decline by 3% through 2024, due to the use of new technology that requires fewer transcriptionists.

Education, Licensing and Certification: Employers prefer hiring transcriptionists who’ve completed a training program in medical transcription after completing high school. This training is available through vocational schools, community colleges and distance learning programs; it includes a 2 year associate degree or a 1 year certificate program with courses in anatomy, medical terminology, medico-legal issues and English grammar and punctuation. Medical transcriptionists can become proficient in this career with just on-the-job training if they have some previous experience as a nurse or medical secretary.

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity awards a voluntary designation of Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) to those who pass written and practical exams. While not required, certification is a sign of competence in this field. Every 3 years CMTs must earn continuing education credits to maintain their certification.

Professional Organizations:
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity [3]800-982-2182