The state of New York is home to very few schools that offer court reporting programs, and a number of them are for-profits. Aspiring court reporters in New York can undertake their training through postsecondary certificate or associate's degree programs at a state college or through two business institutes.
The programs may consist of four to six semesters of coursework, some of which might be completed online in certain instances. The curricula for these programs could also include laboratory and internship experiences.
Alfred State, SUNY College of Technology
Part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Alfred State is located in Alfred. It's a 4-year public school that offers certificate, associate's, and bachelor's degree programs. The associate's degree program can be completed with a minimum of 62 credit hours, while the court reporting certificate program requires only about 40 credit hours. Some courses are available online. Students develop skills that allow them to transcribe upwards of 225 words per minute. Both programs include four semesters of courses, plus a mandatory summer session. Students of both programs study grammar and medical terminology as well as the technical aspects of real time transcription using real time shorthand theory and computer-aided transcription.
In addition to tuition and fees, students are required to purchase a computerized shorthand machine and software, which costs $2,300 according to the school. The final semester of study in both programs includes an internship. For their internship, students choose whether to pursue judicial work or broadcast captioning. Those pursuing the associate's degree program take additional classes, such as humanities, composition, and general education courses. In addition, those who complete their associate's degrees can continue their education at Alfred State by transferring directly into the Bachelor of Business Administration in Technology Management degree program.
Long Island Business Institute
Located in Flushing in the New York City borough of Queens, this school offers certificate and associate's degree programs in court reporting. The 54-credit certificate program and the 65-credit associate's degree program take six semesters of classes and internships to complete. The degree program requires additional general education classes in business, English, and psychology. Courses include computer-assisted transcription, court reporting theory and practice, legal procedures, legal technology, and medical terminology. Skill building labs and internship experiences round out the curriculum. Students may require more than six semesters to meet the minimum speed standards for graduation. An admissions interview and placement testing are required.
While there is no formal licensing requirement for employment in the state, court reporters may apply for voluntary professional credentials. Court reporters can earn the Certified Shorthand Reporting credential from the New York State Board of Regents. The New York State Court Reporters Association indicates that official court reporting jobs are generally filled through civil service appointments; however, court reporters may also work on a freelance basis. In some cases, where the job duties require it, court reporters must also be notaries public in order to swear in witnesses. The three schools below are approved by the National Court Reporters Association.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Court Reporting Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Alfred State, SUNY College of Technology||4-year, public; remote town|| Certificate in Court Reporting and Captioning,
Associate in Applied Science in Court and Real Time Reporting
|$8,570 in-state; $15,395 out-of-state*|
|Long Island Business Institute||2-year, private for-profit; large city|| Certificate in Court Reporting,
Associate in Occupational Studies in Court Reporting
Source: *NCES College Navigator