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Medical Transcription

Curriculum Description

The Medical Transcription curriculum prepares individuals to become medical language specialists who interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals in order to document patient care and facilitate delivery of healthcare services.

Students will gain extensive knowledge of medical terminology, pharmacology, human diseases, diagnostic studies, surgical procedures, and laboratory procedures. In addition to word processing skill and knowledge of voice processing equipment, students must master English grammar, spelling and proofreading.

Graduates should qualify for employment in hospitals, medical clinics, doctors’ offices, private transcription businesses, research facilities, insurance companies and publishing companies. After acquiring work experience, individuals can apply to the American Association for Medical Transcription to become Certified Medical Transcriptionists.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Diploma

D25320
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POS Approved: Fall 2011

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MED 116 Introduction to A & P 3 2 0 4
OST 136 Word Processing 2 2 0 3
OST 141 Med Terms I-Med Office NEW 2011 3 0 0 3
OST 164 Text Editing Applications 3 0 0 3
OST 203 Fundamentals of Med Docu. 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 14
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MED 270 Symptomatology 2 2 0 3
MED 272 Drug Therapy 3 0 0 3
OST 142 Med Terms II-Med Office NEW 2011 3 0 0 3
OST 201 Medical Transcription I 3 2 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 11
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 13

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Expository Writing Comprehensive Articulation Agreement 3 0 0 3
OST 202 Medical Transcription II 3 2 0 4
OST 284 Emerging Technologies 1 2 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 7
Lab/Shop Hours: 4
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 9

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
OST 149 Medical Legal Issues 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COE 110
OR
World of Work 1 0 0 1
COE 111
OR
Co-op Work Experience I (0) (0) (10) (1)
COE 112 Co-op Work Experience I (0) (0) (20) (2)
Totals

Class Hours: 4
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 7

Total Credit Hours: 45

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Additional admissions requirement: Keyboarding proficiency is highly recommended. A minimum of 45 words per minute is needed to be successful in this program of study. Students unable to key 45 wpm accurately should develop this skill prior to entering the program. Please see the program coordinator for advisement on suggestions in updating this skill.

A grade of C or better is required for all MED and OST courses. Failure to meet this requirement may result in dismissal from the program. Readmission may be possible, but requires reapplication and approval by the college. Upon completion of the program of study, students may apply to the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) (formerly the American Association of Medical Transcription (AAMT)), to be considered for approval to become a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT).

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives — Select one: ART 111, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 160, MUS 110, MUS 112, MUS 210, PHI 240, REL 110, REL 221. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

General Education Courses

Written Communication:

ENG 111

Humanities and Fine Arts:

ART 111, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 160, MUS 110, MUS 112, MUS 210, PHI 240, REL 110, REL 221

Sciences:

BIO 163

Technology:

OST 201

D25320