Medical Transcription is the process of converting dictated medical information into typed records through the use of various types of equipment, such as micro-cassette recorders, WAV files, telephone systems and C-phones.
As a Medical Transcriptionist, you are responsible for receiving verbal information and typing that information into a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect. This information must be transcribed accurately, using the format specified by the provider (SOAP notes, discharge summaries, and other report forms).
Basic computer knowledge is a must, as are basic typing skills and knowledge of commonly used word processing programs. Most doctors or transcription companies ask for a minimum of 60 WPM. Also, many companies now use the Internet, which gives you the opportunity to work out of your home without having to drop off and pick up tapes.
Our program now offers you the opportunity to learn how to use the internet and transcribe files through voice files, using FTP and Byte scribe/Express Scribe and foot pedals that connect to your computer. Our objective is to make sure you understand all the types of equipment that are out there for transcribing across the country. This course is State Licensed, Insured and Bonded and all instructors are at-home medical transcriptionists that will be sure to show you all the tricks of the trade that they personally use. We provide you with a list of job openings while going through the course and will keep in contact after graduation to make sure you are following through with the directions that were given in class regarding finding jobs and where to send your resume. AMP's website has a message board which is a convenient way to ask questions as you are going through the program, and job openings will also be posted on the message board.
Medical Transcription is a profession that can also lead to other avenues of transcription. Most jobs provide good pay and benefits, with the opportunity to have an extremely flexible schedule and work environment. You can choose to work at home or in an office, providing services to professionals, such as medical providers, hospitals, insurance agencies, law offices, and physical therapy practices. You are not held to work just in your state. You can work all over the country from your home thanks to the technology that is taught in this program.
If you complete the course with a satisfactory grade, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, a Letter of Recommendation, a list of companies in the field with web site addresses and phone numbers, and the Academy is happy to provide personal references. The instructors are professionals in the industry and can offer you the benefit of their knowledge and experience.
Due to the intensity of this course, the attendance policy set forth by the Academy of Medical Professions is strongly enforced. Missing a local terminology lecture must be preapproved by the instructor. Please be aware of the difficulty of this course. The time and effort that must be put into this program in order to graduate in 6 months requires 20 to 25 hours of study and homework time per week. MOST STUDENTS require 8 to 10 months to complete. There are no financial penalties for going longer, and this is encouraged.
Please download this information package about the Medical Transcriptionist Program, stop by our center in Ellsworth to pick one up, or request that one be mailed to you. It will answer many questions you might have. Don't hesitate to reach out to the Academy of Medical Professions directly after reviewing the information package linked above. Please go to their website for their phone number and to explore all their course offerings.