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Medical Transcription Certificate

Certificate Offered

Credits Required: 33

The Medical Transcription program will prepare students to transcribe medical dictation with accuracy, clarity, and timeliness, applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct.  Students are given a background in medical terminology and human physiology with an emphasis on skills training in keyboarding, application software, and office procedures.  Students will be taught the grammar, punctuation, and medical terminology necessary for the important task of translating and transcribing the voice-recordings of doctors and physicians into permanent records.

The coursework provides course content that will prepare the student to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exam (Word and Outlook), the globally recognized standard for desktop skills.

Graduates of the program can work as medical transscriptionists in hospitals, offices of physicians, medical and diagnostic laboratories; outpatient care and centers; and offices of physical, occupational, and speech therapists.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 17 Credits

BIOL 201
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
This course is a basic study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include levels of organization, body divisions and cavities, basic biochemistry, cell structure and metabolism and histology. Structure and physiology of the following systems include integumentary, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, and urinary. Fluid and electrolyte balance is also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. 3-2-4
BUSC 110
Interpersonal Communications
Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective interpersonal relations in a business environment. 3-0-3
OFFT 101
Keyboarding Introduction
This course affords the student the opportunity to build keyboarding speed and to improve accuracy. Proofreading and advanced formatting skills are also emphasized. 0-2-1
OFFT 110
Internet For Office
This course is an introduction of the utilization to the Internet and World Wide Web access for solving common office problems. Students will gain experience in the use of browsers and search engines to research, locate, and retrieve information necessary to efficiently operate an office. 2-2-3
OFFT 120
Microsoft Word-MOS Expert Cert.
This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Word. The student will learn how to edit and format documents, work with tables, add graphics, create Web pages, merge documents, create charts and forms, and customize Word. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Expert Certification Exam. 2-2-3
OFFT 140
Medical Terminology
This course is a comprehensive introduction to medical terminology emphasizing the language of medicine today. The focus is on word parts, their usage, and their meaning. Opportunities are provided to master the definition, pronunciation, and spelling of medical terms through a wide variety of practice and reinforcement modes. 2-2-3

Second Semester - 16 Credits

BIOL 202
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
This course is a continuation of BIOL201. Structure and physiology of the following systems are included: nervous and its divisions – endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, and reproductive. Other topics including the composition of blood, immunity, human genetics, and development are also discussed. The laboratory is an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: BIOL201 3-2-4
BUSC 220
Team Development
This course provides the student with the understanding and the skill necessary to communicate effectively in any group situation. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for intensive team and group interaction that he/she will experience in both personal and career scenarios. It will also provide a firm foundation of team-oriented knowledge, experience in developing group problem solving skills, and a resource for future use. 3-0-3
OFFT 155
Office Procedures
The integrated office of today requires the planning, implementation, and evaluation of various projects and activities. This course will provide students the opportunity through simulations to manage a series of typical office projects. 2-2-3
OFFT 165
Transcription & Verification
The course enables students to develop transcription skills. Operation of digital transcribing equipment and proper transcribing techniques including voice recognition software are emphasized. Transcription assignments require students to produce appropriate, error-free documents. 2-2-3
OFFT 170
Microsoft Outlook-MOS Certificatio
This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Outlook 2002. The course includes email communications; scheduling; and managing, integrating, and customizing Outlook with the Internet. At completion of this course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Certification Exam. 2-2-3