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Medical Transcriptionist/Editor

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A Medical Transcriptionist is a medical language specialist who prepares a variety of medical reports and documents for inclusion in patients' medical records. Medical transcriptionists must have a vast knowledge of the medical field and its associated terminology as well as a high degree of computer and written communication skills. Graduates of this program may be eligible to complete the National Exam for Certified Medical Transcriptionists.

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Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students who have completed BIOL2252 and BIOL2254 may substitute both courses for BIOL1004.

All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to graduate.

The program requires students to have current working knowledge of specific required technical courses. Courses older than 5 years will not be accepted for transfer into the program:
ADMM1120 Medical Office Procedures
ADMM1130 Medical Transcription
ADMM1134 Medical Language Applications
ADMM1150 Medical Billing/Insurance
ADMM1165 ICD-10-CM & PCS Coding
ADMM2230 Advanced Medical Transcription
BIOL1004 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology
CPTR1104 Intro to Computers
HLTH1106 Medical Terminology
HLTH1140 Electronic Health Records
HLTH2002 Pharmacology

Computer required. Web cam and online proctoring fees may apply.

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of "C" or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

Note: Some programs may require assessment scores that exceed the college minimum in the areas of Arithmetic & Elementary Algebra.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ADMM 1130 Medical Transcription 4 credits
ADMM 1134 Medical Language Applic 3 credits
ADMM 2230 Adv Medical Transcription 4 credits
ADMS 1100 Keyboarding I 3 credits
ADMS 1110 Word Processing 3 credits
ADMS 1116 Business Communications 3 credits
BIOL 1004 Intro Anatomy & Phys 3 credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
HLTH 2208 Pathophysiology 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 31 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will demonstrate professional business communication in writing and speaking.
2. Student will use correct medical terminology in all healthcare applications.
3. Student will utilize appropriate technologies for health care applications.
4. Students will prepare and manage records according to healthcare standards.
5. Student will demonstrate professional workplace habits including punctuality, attitudes, and behaviors expected of the medical transcriptionist/editor profession.
6. Student will perform medical transcription accurately and properly.
7. Student will provide optimal, professional services expected by employers while performing required medical transcription duties.
8. Student will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of medical transcription situations.
9. Student will demonstrate interpersonal skills through effective listening, written, and oral communication in diverse situations.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Medical Transcription offers excellent financial and personal rewards, including the possibility of home-based employment, setting your own hours, and job flexibility. The demand for medical transcription is rapidly growing. The job outlook is expected to increase by approximately 30,000 jobs, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor.

The employment outlook for medical transcriptionists in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 12.9%, a high growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Lori Anderson
  • Medical Administrative Assistant Instructor
  • (218) 793-2559