Medical Transcriptionist

Program Outline

Here's how it works
Your program consists of courses designed to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you'll employ in your new career as a Medical Transcriptionist. Your first course will be sent to you as soon as your enrollment has been accepted. Other courses will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have training materials to work with.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: To prepare students for an entry-level career in medical transcription.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Transcribe and interpret the dictation into diagnostic test results, operative reports, referral letters, and other documents
  • Review and edit drafts prepared by speech recognition software, ensuring that the transcription is correct, complete, and has a consistent style
  • Translate medical abbreviations and jargon into the appropriate long form
  • Identify inconsistencies, errors, and missing information within a report that could compromise patient care
  • Follow up with the healthcare provider to ensure the accuracy of the reports
  • Submit health records for physicians to approve
  • Follow patient confidentiality guidelines and legal documentation requirements
  • Enter medical reports into electronic health records systems
  • Perform quality improvement audits

HIT100 - Introduction to Allied Health (Delivered Online Only)

This course is designed to provide a discussion of strategies for completing the allied health programs as an independent learner. In addition, it gives an introduction to health care, and the role that medical office assistants, medical coders, and medical transcriptionists play in that industry.

ALH028 - Law and Ethics and Confidentiality in Allied Health

The Law and Ethics section of this course covers how law affects medical offices; the origin of law that affects medical professionals; the process of litigation and its alternatives; contract law and the ways it affects health professionals; the duties created between health care professionals and patients once a doctor-patient relationship is established; criminal law and torts that are relevant to the health profession. The Confidentiality in Allied Health section examines the common-law basis for the confidentiality of health care information and the laws regulating health care information collected and maintained by government agencies. also covered is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as how the management of medical information affects the management and measurement of quality in health care.

BUS090 - Office Procedures

This course covers the typical duties of the administrative assistant in any business office: task management, general business machines, telephone call management, business letter writing, electronic and print mail processing, travel and meeting planning, policy and procedures manuals, facility care and maintenance, as well as office math.

ALH016 - Body Systems/Terminology 1

Introduction to medical terminology; chemistry/ laboratory; pharmacology; cells, tissues, and membranes; integumentary system; musculoskeletal system; blood and cardiovascular system; respiratory system; digestive system.

ALH017 - Body Systems/Terminology 2

Sense organs; nervous system; endocrine system; urinary/excretory system; male and female reproductive systems; lymphatic system; oncology and radiation; surgery and pathology; genetics.

ALH021 - Basic Pharmacology

An introduction to basic pharmacology, as well as the type of drugs by body systems. Includes the drug's generic and trade names, use, side effects and drug interactions.

CSC102 - Word and Excel

Computer and Internet basics; computer hardware and software; digital electronics and file management; introduction to Windows®; PC applications in word processing, spreadsheets.

ENG010 - Business English

Business letters, forms, client records, and memos; organization, grammar, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph construction; coherent paragraphs, well-organized documents, and purpose-focused materials; accurate, attractive, and effective final copies.

HIT207 - Medical Transcription 1

An introduction to the technical and legal aspects of medical transcription as well as career opportunities available in the field. The student will transcribe, edit, and format various types of medical records.

HIT208 - Medical Transcription 2

Emphasis on difficulty, speed, accuracy, complexity within major medical specialties. Students will be evaluated on the submission of 20 transcriptions related to common medical specialties
Prerequisites: HIT 207 - Medical Transcription 1

HIT130 - Electronic Medical Records

The Electronic Medical Records Management Certificate program provides a basic overview on how to successfully manage electronic medical records (EMRs) in different health care settings. Attendees will learn EMR concepts, terminology, regulations, and procedures, and receive hands-on training with an electronic medical record.

 

Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

You must have a High School Diploma to enroll in this program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

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