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|Overview:||Medical transcriptionists are medical terminology specialists who edit, transcribe, and type physician's dictated notes about patients' medical diagnoses, history, procedures and treatments. They transcribe from audio tape and using a computer, type the notes into clear and readable reports.|
|Duties:||They listen to recorded audio notes of physicians in order to type reports describing patients' diagnoses, treatments, prescriptions, and histories. They use word processing systems.
They translate medical jargon and abbreviations used by physicians into clear language using medical vocabulary pertaining to anatomy, physiology, diagnoses, medications, surgeries, etc.
They edit the physician's grammar and sentence organization when preparing the final reports. Following the physician's review, reports are edited and inserted into the patients' files.
They refer to medical handbooks to more fully understand and interpret physicians' audio notes. They attend seminars and workshops to keep informed about new medical terminology.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow as fast as average through 2018 spurred by a growing and aging population. Increases in medical tests, treatments, and procedures require documentation that can be shared easily among providers, insurance companies, regulators, consumers and health information systems.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$25,000 to $30,000|
|Education Level:||The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.|
|Additional Training/Education:||Training programs are offered by technical institutes requiring about six to nine months to receive a certificate. Two year associate degree programs are offered by many community colleges. These programs include classroom and on-the-job clinical experience covering medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, medical supplies, medication, surgical procedures, medical legal issues and laboratory procedures. Certification by the American Association of Medical Transcription is recommended and is achieved through written and practical examinations.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.