School and Ranking Information
Students who want to earn a court reporting degree can choose from 3 schools within a 100-mile radius of downtown Columbus. Aspiring professionals in this field will want to keep in mind that Ohio does not require court reporters to be licensed or certified to find employment in the state. Based on program offerings and proximity to Columbus, the top 3 schools are:
- Winner: Clark State Community College offers students the most program variety and is the only public school on this list. It is also located within 50 miles of Columbus.
- Runner Up #1: Miami-Jacobs Career College - Dayton is a for-profit school, has high graduation rates and offers practical training programs in court reporting. The Dayton campus has the highest graduation rate of the three schools listed here.
- Runner Up #2: The Miami-Jacobs Career College - Sharonville campus is located the greatest distance away from Columbus.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Clark State Community College||Miami-Jacobs Career College - Dayton||Miami-Jacobs Career College - Sharonville|
|Location||Springfield (45 miles from Columbus)||Dayton (75 miles from Columbus)||Sharonville (89 miles from Columbus)|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, private; for-profit||2-year, private; for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$3,196 (in-state undergraduate); $5,950 (out-of-state undergraduate)*||$12,024*||$12,024*|
|Court Reporting Program Levels Offered||Associate degree; certificate||Associate degree||Associate degree|
|Court Reporting Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||N/A||N/A||2*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2009 Entering Class||13%*||53%*||33%*|
|Noteworthy||Students learn transcription software commonly used by court reporters||Students take part in externships||Students must pass tests in order to receive associate degrees|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Winner: Clark State Community College
- Students can choose from online, hybrid, and on-campus classes
- Students access a mock courtroom to learn about the judicial process and court reporting
- Realtime transcription lessons give students practical experience
- Internship opportunities for court reporting students
- College offers study skills workshops and writing assistance programs to help students succeed academically
Students who enroll at this public school can earn an Associate of Applied Business in Judicial Reporting. The degree requires a total of 72 credits that cover courses like speed building, medical terminology, business practices, and transcript production. Along with learning about courtroom ethics and the judicial system, students learn how to type accurately and quickly. Students can also earn an Associate of Applied Business in Realtime Court Reporting with an option in broadcast captioning/communication access realtime translation (CART). The program is similar to the judicial reporting associate degree, but students learn how to make written projections of the spoken word. This program requires a total of 73 credits.
The college also offers a Judicial Reporting Scopist Departmental Certificate for students who want to gain a basic overview of court reporting before advancing to an associate degree program. The certificate program involves 40 credits and courses that include business communication, speed building, legal processes, and medical terminology. The programs at this school are approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
Runner-Up #1: Miami-Jacobs Career College - Dayton
- Job placement services for students
- Degree programs are career-minded, and students learn practical skills
- Students gain exposure to the judicial process during the program
Miami-Jacobs Career College offers an Associate of Applied Business or Associate of Applied Science in Court Reporting. The Dayton and Sharonville campuses offer the same program, in which students receive training in transcription, CART reporting, closed captioning, and court reporting theory. Students submit to examinations and learn to transcribe all types of legal, medical, and technical languages. An internship is a common requirement that provides students with practical experience. At the conclusion of the program, students can expect to take three tests that measure typing speed and accuracy.
Runner-Up #2: Miami-Jacobs Career College - Sharonville
- Externship allows students to apply skills to real-world situations
- College has career services to help students transition into careers
- Court reporting software integrated into coursework
As part of this NCRA-approved program, students learn to accurately transcribe technical, legal, and medical testimony used in court. The program also emphasizes courtroom ethics and procedures. Before students can graduate, they must meet minimum standards for typing and transcribing. It's also common to learn the computer software programs that are frequently used by court reporters.