Students in Utah may choose to complete a medical transcription program at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College or Utah Valley University. While one of the schools' programs is presented in a traditional fashion and may be completed in less than a year, the other is an online program, allowing for flexibility in scheduling. An externship opportunity may be available, as well.
While certification is not required to work as a medical transcriptionist, there are optional certifications available through the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. The Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) credential is reserved for medical transcriptionists who have been working for less than two years and work in only one specialty. Experienced medical transcriptionists who transcribe medical reports in numerous specialties can pursue the Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) credential. One must pass an exam to gain certification. Continuing education and period retesting is required to stay certified.
The two schools in Utah offering medical transcription programs are profiled below. Besides an overview of each school's program, an easy-to-read comparison table is also included.
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
Located in Ogden, this college enrolls more than 9,000 students each year. The school's Medical Office Administration Certificate program includes medical transcription training and can be completed in 10-20 months. Students learn about database and word processing software, accounting programs and telephone etiquette. Course requirements include medical terminology, keyboarding, first aid and CPR, anatomy and physiology, medical law and business English. Students can also choose from a variety of electives, including advanced medical transcription, job seeking and an administrative medical office externship.
Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University in Orem offers a medical transcription program that can be completed online. Students are required to complete 21 courses, or modules, which they can pursue at their own pace. Course modules include grammar and punctuation, anatomy and disease, pharmacology, diagnostic reports and medical word building. To ensure that students have thoroughly understood the information presented in these modules, students will complete interactive assignments and skill assessments. The approximate time needed to complete the curriculum in this program is 640 hours.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Medical Transcription Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College||2-year, public; small city||Medical Office Administration Certificate||$1,880**|
|Utah Valley University||4-year, public; small city||Medical Transcription training program||$5,726 in-state; $16,296 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **School's website.