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Are You Interested In Studying Medical Transcription?

By: ebusinessmom Category: Transcription

Are you interested in studying medical transcription?  Would you like to know how to get started, what is the average salary, what skills are needed, how long would it take to become a proficient medical transcriptionist?  If these are some of the questions you would like answered, you can find the answers to the questions below…provided by MedicalTranscription.net

Studying Medical Transcription

I’m interested in studying medical transcription. What can you tell me?

Medical transcription is a form of record keeping. If you choose to study medical transcription, you will learn to listen carefully to audio recordings that contain notes from doctors. You will use knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and the English language to produce detailed and accurate reports that become a permanent part of a patient’s personal medical files.

Although medical transcription is an important job, you should know that you will not be working in an emergency room or forming relationships with patients. Medical transcriptionists work entirely behind the scenes at healthcare facilities like hospitals and medical and dental clinics. Alternately, you can work from home as an independent contractor for medical transcription agencies.

Medical transcription attracts many students because jobs in this field are plentiful and they require little higher education. In fact, you can only study medical transcription at the certificate and associates degree levels, and you may be able to find a job without any formal training at all. However, a certificate or degree will improve your job prospects and give you an edge in the job market.

Medical Transcriptionist Overview

What exactly is a medical transcriptionist?

Medical transcriptionists create official healthcare records that go into the permanent files of patients. After doctors see their patients, they create audio recordings, or dictations, that discuss their patients’ illnesses, diagnoses and treatment plans. Medical transcriptionists receive these recordings and transcribe, or type, what the doctor says. Sometimes the physicians use abbreviations or obscure medical terms, so medical transcriptionists need a thorough knowledge of healthcare terminology and anatomy in addition to excellent typing skills. Medical transcriptionists are either employed by a single healthcare facility or by a transcription agency.

Making the Right Choice

Is there anything else I should consider in deciding if medical transcription is the right choice for me?

Aside from personality, there are a few other considerations that you should keep in mind if you want to become a medical transcriptionist.

Computer Skills

If you want to become a medical transcriptionist, you must be confident using computers. Specifically, you need to be a skilled typist who is comfortable with word processing software. Many medical transcription positions require a minimum typing speed of 60 to 75 words per minute. You will only achieve that speed through constant practice.

Limited Employment Growth

New technology and outsourcing work will eliminate the need for some medical transcription jobs in the future. Some healthcare facilities have adopted speech recognition technology that automatically translates spoken words into text. However, although speech recognition technology is advancing quickly, it produces only rough transcriptions.

That means that transcriptionists are still needed to edit these drafts. In addition, some medical facilities are now outsourcing recordings for transcription overseas. But mistakes often occur in these transcriptions and native English speakers must correct them, so there remains some need for medical transcriptionists in the United States.

Medical Transcription Professions

What medical transcription specializations can I choose from?

The most common medical transcription occupations are:

Medical Transcriptionist

Education Required: High school diploma; certificate (1 year) recommended

Average Salary: $34,000

Work Environment: Hospitals, medical clinics, dental offices, private practice

Job Description: Medical transcriptionists listen to audio recordings from doctors and transcribe the recordings into a text document. This document is an official medical record that goes into patients’ permanent files. Medical transcriptionists use their knowledge of anatomy, pharmacology, medical terminology and procedures to translate the recordings into typed reports. Medical transcriptionists can work from home or in a medical office.

Radiology Transcriptionist

Education Required: High school diploma; certificate (1 year) recommended

Average Salary: $34,000

Work Environment: Hospitals, medical clinics, dental offices, private practice

Job Description: Radiology transcriptionists specialize in transcribing audio recordings from healthcare providers who use medical imaging equipment like x ray technology, sonograms and magnetic resonance. Radiology transcriptionists need to be familiar with the terminology that is associated with imaging devices and procedures. They can work from home or in a medical office, where they may have additional responsibilities like answering phones.

Pathology Transcriptionist

Education Required: High school diploma; certificate (1 year) recommended

Average Salary: $34,000

Work Environment: Hospitals, medical clinics, government agencies, nonprofit organizations

Job Description: Pathology transcriptionists write reports about the spread of diseases by listening to the recorded notes that pathologists make. Pathology transcriptionists must have a background in the unique laboratory procedures and equipment that pathologists use in order to provide accurate reports. These transcriptionists usually work for government pathology laboratories and public health organizations.

Medical Records Clerk

Education Required: High school diploma; certificate (1 year) recommended

Average Salary: $32,400

Work Environment: Hospitals, medical clinics, dental offices

Job Description: Medical records clerks file healthcare records and medical documents. They use paper and electronic filing systems to keep medical documentation organized and easily accessible so that doctors and other healthcare workers can quickly find the information that they need to treat patients.


Abigail Washford has written the resource-Medical Transcription and Health Information Security .  It was created to address the growing concern of health records security management, especially as more medical records companies start to rely on outsourcing their work. The piece attempts to weave a narrative to suggest that no information is truly safe over the Internet, and it goes on to list hand-picked educational case studies, reports, and other academic reading on security systems management and innovations in this space today. To read the above article in its entirety visit MedicalTranscription.net.


How General Transcription Rescued Me From Temporary Insanity

By: vernette Category: Transcription

Eight years ago I was frustrated because I had a toddler and newborn to take care of and needed a piece of both worlds, to be able to take care of my children and make money at the same time.

Prior to giving birth to my second son, I worked as a Customer Service Representative for several Fortune 500 companies, but had to give that up when I relocated to New York from Florida.

At that time the Customer Service Network (Arise.com) that I contracted with did not have the capabilities to connect me to their VOIP service in another state. So I became desperate to find a new avenue that would enable me to work from home and take care of my newborn and toddler. I needed to supplement my spouse’s income because times were rough.

So I did some research online and found out that Medical Transcription was one of the best ways, especially for a stay at home mom to work from home. What made it so attractive was the fact that it was a career… something I could do for a long time because the demand for Medical Transcriptionists was much greater than the supply.

I was extremely happy after almost losing my sanity searching for a way out both day and night. So I took an offline course and found out very quickly that I hated Medical Transcription with a passion.

I had no medical background and found the terminology that I had to learn in order to be successful in this career was extremely difficult. I am not a quitter, but I knew within myself that this was not for me.

I was devastated and quit the Medical Transcription class. I didn’t know what I was going to do next. I thought I was going insane because I needed real work where I would receive a paycheck weekly or bi-weekly. I could not afford to put two children in daycare.

So I went online and searched and search for a way out and stumbled upon General Transcription. At that time, there was not too much information on General Transcription. However, I did some serious research on the subject and found all the information I needed.

I knew right away that this was what I would do because I did not have to learn medical terminology and I did not have to go to school to be able to perform this job. So I purchased a  General Transcription ebook and the Start Stop Transcription Software with foot pedal and I was on my way.

It took me approximately two weeks to learn how to transcribe. I studied and practiced night and day, every chance I got…whenever my babies were asleep…until wee hours in the morning.

So this meant that I was extremely sleep deprived with a newborn who wanted a bottle every two hours, and a two-year-old tugging at my feet for attention. However, I was determined. At the time, I was typing 60 words per minute.

So all I had to do was master transcribing. After two weeks of non-stop studying and transcribing I got my first job. I made a mess of my first transcription project. I had to beg the employer to give me another chance and I told him that if I did not produce high quality work, then they should fire me.

I asked to work for a week with no pay also, just to become more proficient and to prove that I was serious about making this work. And guess what, I was given another chance and it worked. I proofread my work so many times before turning it in to the company. I had my mom and my husband proofread also before I uploaded my work to my employer’s server.

After a few months with Nettranscripts, I was proficient enough to move on to another company that paid me more money and I was able to choose what type of work I wanted.

So if you are a stay at home mom and you really don’t want to go back to a 9-5 job, nor do you want to start a business from scratch, then I highly recommend General Transcription.

If you have some medical background, then I recommend Medical Transcription over General Transcription because it pays more and most jobs come with benefits. However, you must go to school, whether online or offline to learn how to become a Medical Transcriptionist.

Most companies also want at least six months to one year experience as a Medical Transcriptionist before hiring newbies. With General Transcription, there are no benefits and the pay is much lower.

I’ve worked at home as a General Transcriptionist for approximately 4 years. I ended up working for quite a few companies. My two favorites were Production Transcripts and Net Transcripts.

I highly recommend General Transcription because you can actually teach yourself to become proficient in transcribing documents for insurance companies, the media, and much more.  The great thing about it is, you don’t have to go to school to learn how to do this.

I actually transcribed celebrity interviews, church sermons, TV Guide interviews, video files, etc. I learned so much from transcribing all of these different sound files and video files.

If you have any questions about working from home as a General Transcriptionist, please feel free put your question in the question box on the front page of this blog.

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