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Medical Transcription Schools in PA with Course and Program Info

Pennsylvania has four colleges that offer medical transcription programs or courses. Learn about the opportunities, tuition info and program options for these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

Training to become a medical transcriptionist requires minimal education such as through a diploma program, which is available through community and technical colleges in Pennsylvania. These programs may be able to be completed during the day or evening and possibly online.


Community College of Beaver County

The Community College of Beaver County in Monaca has an online medical transcription/medical terminology career training program that results in a certificate for graduates. Topics covered include human anatomy and physiology, office technology and procedures, and of course, terminology. Students will have an opportunity to analyze inpatient case studies and reports. Enrollees will have 6 months to complete the program.

Luzerne County Community College

While Luzerne Community College has a student population of over 6,700 at the main campus in Nanticoke, the college serves around 16,000 students total at the school's dedicated centers, high school sites and main campus, making it the biggest college in northeastern Pennsylvania. Students may take a 3 hour course in medical transcription.

Northhampton County Area Community College

Northampton County Area Community College is located in Bethlehem and has a student-faculty ratio of 24:1. Students have the option to live in a residence hall or apartment that is located on campus and can take advantage of many resources, including advising, career services, learning center, counseling services and the health and wellness center. Students can take a course in basic medical transcription.

Reading Area Community College

Established in 1971 and located in Reading, this college serves over 5,000 students. On campus, students can participate in a variety of organizations and clubs and utilize many student services, such as career counseling, interviewing skills, resume assessment and tutoring. The Medical Transcriptionist Diploma program requires the completion of 21 credits and takes two years to complete. Courses for this program include business English, business human relations, keyboarding, medical transcription and medical terminology.

Career Requirements

Achieving certification is not a requirement to become a medical transcriptionist, although many professionals in the field opt to become certified. Through the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, one can pursue the Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) or Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) credential. To achieve either certification, one must successfully pass an exam. Continuing education and future testing are required to stay certified.

School Information: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Medical Transcription Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
Luzerne County Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Medical Transcription Course $4,770 in-district,
$8,700 in-state,
$12,630 out-of state*
Northampton County Area Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Medical Transcriptionist Course $3,990 in-district,
$8,700 in-state,
$12,840 out-of state*
Reading Area Community College 2-year, public; small city Medical Transcriptionist Diploma $5,130 in-district,
$8,850 in-state,
$12,510 out-of state*
Community College of Beaver County 2-year, public, large suburb Medical Transcription + Medical Terminology Career Training $5,460 in district
$10,320 in state
$15,180 out of state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.


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