Those interested in earning a Medical Transcriptionist or Medical Transcription Associate certificate at Rend Lake College can now plan on taking it easy during the summer.
Effective this fall, these certificates can be completed in only two semesters rather than three. In previous years, a summer term was required to complete them.
In the previous format, those in this program had to take Medical Terminology and Medical Transcription during separate semesters. This fall, the length of each class period has been doubled, effectively transforming each of these classes from 16-week courses to eight-week courses.
Now, students enrolled in these certificate programs can enroll in Medical Terminology for eight weeks and follow it with the eight-week Medical Transcription course, completing both in the same semester.
"We are continually examining our offerings, making our programs more convenient for today’s students," said Lisa Payne, Dean of Instruction. "For our medical transcription students, condensing the Medical Terminology and Medical Transcription courses allowed us to eliminate a summer term in which the students would have needed to take a single class in order to obtain their certificates."
To obtain a Medical Transcriptionist Certificate, a student must successfully complete 36 hours of study. This curriculum is designed to provide students with the basic skills necessary for an entry-level position.
Those seeking a Medical Transcription Associate Certificate must complete 14 hours of study.
Medical transcriptionists work in a variety of settings such as acute care centers, doctor’s offices, clinics, attorney and insurance offices and more. In their work they use headsets and transcribing machines to listen to recordings by physicians and other healthcare professionals. Medical transcriptionists transcribe a variety of these medical reports using a word processor. The reports pertain to emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, discharge and final summaries and more.
The medical transcriptionist must understand the language of medicine, anatomy and physiology, diagnostic procedures and treatment. Before submitting the transcribed reports the Medical transcriptionists must edit each page for grammar and clarity.
Transcribed reports are returned in printed or electronic form. These reports eventually become part of the patient’s permanent file, making the medical transcriptionist a very important part of the healthcare team.
For more information about the Medical Transcriptionist and Medical Transcription Associate programs, contact Payne at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1200, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1200.