Medical Transcriptionist

30 credit Certificate program

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Program Description:
The Medical Transcription program prepares graduates for entry level positions in the field of medical transcription. An individual trained in medical transcription may pursue a career in a hospital setting, clinic, physician office, long term care setting, home health care, specialty settings or even in the home.

Courses consist of basic business courses such as computer keyboarding, word processing, business English, proofreading and communications. Technical courses include medical office terminology, anatomy and physiology. We enhance transcription skills through the completion of several hours of in-class assignments transcribing numerous documents. At Lake Superior College, we teach transcription using CD and the tape system. This practicum provides realistic training in the field of Medical Transcription.

Program outcomes include:
• Plan and produce professional written business correspondence and medical correspondence using correct English and proofreading skills.
• Demonstrate keyboarding production proficiency.
• Transcribe mailable dictated medical reports and documents using correct medical transcription skills.
• Demonstrate ability to correctly spell, define, and pronounce medical office terminology and/or abbreviations.
• Demonstrate proficiency with drug reference books.
• Exhibit ethical behavior, a positive self-image, and professional conduct.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ADSC14154Keyboarding IThis course is designed for the beginning Administrative Support student. The objective of the course is to teach proper typing techniques; to build speed and accuracy; and to utilize a professional word processing system for business applications, such as document storage and retrieval, editing, and document distribution. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or equivalent or instructor's consent) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14203Business CommunicationsThis course covers the development of business communication skills and applying them along with proofreading skills, when creating business documents such as letters, memos, and informal reports. (Prerequisites: College-level reading and writing, keyboarding/word processing ability or concurrent enrollment in a keyboarding course) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/ 0 hrs OJT)
ADSC14222Business Vocabulary/ProofreadingThis course aids in the mastery of business vocabulary and spelling skills and their application in proofreading business documents. (Prerequisites: READ0465 and ENGL0460 or concurrent enrollment) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC16103Medical Office TerminologyThis course introduces word analysis by study of word roots, prefixes, suffixes, and abbreviations common to the medical office/profession. This class has a business focus with emphasis on the written aspect of medical office terminology following medical transcription rules developed by the American Association of Medical Transcriptionists. A heavy focus is placed on vocabulary building techniques to teach the meaning, spelling, correct usage and pronunciation of medical terms for accuracy in transcription, coding, and completion of insurance forms. (Prerequisites: College level reading & writing)(3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC16113Medical Office Procedures IThis introductory course to medical office procedures covers medical office career opportunities, medical ethics and laws, meetings, telephone techniques, appointment scheduling, filing, patient records, mail, fee collection, and medical office pharmacology. (Prerequisites: College-level reading & writing)(3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC16123Medical Office Procedures IIThis course is a continuation of MOPI. Medical topics covered include integration of medical office tasks: bookkeeping, payroll procedures, billing, health insurance, appointment scheduling, patient data input, and CPT and ICD diagnostic coding. (Prerequisites: ADSC1611) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab 0 hrs OJT)
ADSC16213Medical Office Anatomy and Physiology IThis business course covers human body anatomy and physiology with emphasis on spelling accuracy, terminology, abbreviations, and diagnostic and laboratory tests. A heavy focus is placed on the proper pronunciation of medical terms, diagnostic and operative terms for accuracy in medical machine transcription, coding, and insurance form completion. (Prerequisites: ADSC1610 or concurrent enrollment) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC16223Medical Office Anatomy and Physiology IIThis business course is a continuation of Medical Office Anatomy & Physiology I. Students continue learning the body systems by studying and analyzing body structure and function with emphasis on spelling accuracy, terminology, abbreviations, and diagnostic and laboratory tests. A heavy focus is placed on proper pronunciation of medical terms, diseases, diagnostic and operative terms for accuracy in medical machine transcription, coding, medical assisting, and insurance courses. Study of diseases, organs, and structures by various anatomical systems will be covered. (Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ADSC1621) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ADSC16254Medical Machine TranscriptionThis course introduces medical machine transcription and covers transcription of dictated medical material into a variety of usable medical documents. Emphasis is on authentic forms and material, building speed and accuracy, proofreading, advanced editing, and correcting errors. (Prerequisites: ADSC1621 and ADSC1415) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs)
ADSC17152Word ProcessingThis course provides students with the opportunity to learn word processing for employment or home use and to utilize a microcomputer as a word processor. Students will learn to create, edit, format, save, print manage, and enhance documents. (Prerequisites: ADSC1710 or instructor's consent) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Other Course Requirements:
REQUIRED PRE-TECHNICAL COURSE (NOTE: IF STUDENT TYPES LESS THAN 20 WPM.)
ADSC1710 INTRODUCTION TO KEYBOARDING 1 CR


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, ENGL0460 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher.
• If required, READ0465 may be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Required Pre-technical Course:
• ADSC 1710, if student types less than 20 wpm