Medical Transcription Degree Programs in Arlington, VA

Research medical transcription in Arlington, VA, which currently has one area college offering a program in the profession. Read an overview of courses, admission info and requirements for this school and decide if its program is right for you.

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Arlington Medical Transcription Schools

The medical transcription profession does not require a degree. However, there are programs in medical transcription that can lead to career opportunities. This article discusses one school within 15 miles of Arlington that features training; there is also a table at the end with some important school statistics.

  • Northern Virginia Community College is a public, two-year institution with a few campuses located within 20 minutes of downtown Arlington. It offers a certificate program in medical transcription.

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School Statistics

The right school is as important as the right program. Find out more information below about enrollment, school location and program costs.

Northern Virginia Community College
School Type Two-year, public
Total Enrollment (Fall 2014) 51,487 students*
Campus Setting Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $5,138 for in-state students
$11,055 for out-of state students*
% of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 57%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admission policy
Retention Rate (2014) 69% for full-time students
48% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 23% (15% transfer-out rate)*

'Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College provides both vocational training programs for students looking for entry-level employment and two-year degree programs for students who want to transfer credits to a college or university. The school provides several learning centers and campuses, including a Medical Education Campus located about 12 miles from Arlington in Springfield, VA. There, students can enroll in a two-semester certificate program in medical transcription.

Medical Transcription Career Studies Certificate

This 24-credit-hour program trains students to take dictation from physicians quickly and accurately. English composition, biology, pharmacology, medical terminology and two levels of medical transcription are covered in the coursework.

The medical transcription courses address proofreading, quality control, reference materials and the technology transcriptionists must use. Both courses grant four credit hours, but they involve six clock hours of lab work and one hour of lecture per week. Students must be able to type 40 words per minute before applying to the first class. Three credit hours of hands-on, mentored training in a clinical setting further hone a student's skills.

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