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Medical Transcriptionist


Medical Transcriptionists translate dictation from physicians and other health care professionals and type the information out in transcript form so that it can be use for medical records. Since this medical information is usually in recorded form, transcriptionists must have extensive knowledge of medical terminology as well as be able to accurately spell a variety of medical terms. Because these reports are for medical history files, transcriptionists must be able to type rapidly while maintaining accuracy in spelling. They also edit the information that is gathered to insure proper grammar and accuracy. Much of their time is spent sitting at a computer terminal and there is virtually no contact with patients. Medical transcriptionists must also have knowledge of the laws regarding medical records documentation because they are dealing with confidential medical information. Transcriptionists may work part-time or full-time, as well as evenings and weekends depending on the type of employment. Individuals interested in medical transcription must be highly organized and pay close attention to details. They must also have good analytical skills, be able to work well under pressure, and posses good judgment.

Work Environment:


Medical transcriptionists may be self-employed and work on a contractual basis. They may also be employed by hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), medical transcription companies, public health agencies, home health care agencies, or nursing homes.    

High School Preparation:


Students interested in becoming a medical transcriptionist should take high school courses in word processing, algebra, introduction to business, business computer applications, English, shorthand, record keeping, composition, health occupations/medical professions education, and cooperative office education.

College Requirements:


Individuals interested in medical transcription should have a high school diploma or equivalent. Since transcriptionists need to have a certain degree of medical knowledge, employers usually prefer an individual with an associate’s degree in medical transcription. Some individuals, however, are trained on the job while others obtain certificates. Upon completion of a program, students can become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) by passing examinations given by the American Association of Medical Transcription.


Students interested in this line of work should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:


Employment opportunities for medical transcriptionists will be excellent over the next decade. There is an expected increase in employment of 21% - 35% through the year 2012. The overall growth in the health services industry should be a major contributing factor for the expansion of this job market. Demand for transcription services will be spurred on by the continued need for electronic documentation that can be easily shared among health care providers and government regulators. Employment opportunities will be greatest for those individuals that earn an associate’s degree and/or certification from the American Association for Medical Transcription.




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Professional Organizations:



Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT)
100 Sycamore Ave.
Modesto, CA

Phone: (800) 982-2182

Phone: (209) 527-9620
Fax: (209) 527-9633

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