Medical Transcription Training in Southern California

Nov 15, 2018

At least two schools in Southern California offer training related to medical transcription. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of program and admission requirements for these colleges, which are both located around major cities.

Southern California Medical Transcription Schools

Individuals interested in working in a medical capacity without attending years of college might consider medical transcription training, which is offered at a few schools in Southern California and sometimes combined with medical office assistant programs. This article describes the program options and required courses at two colleges in the region. Also included is a table of facts and figures about each school.

  • California State University - Bakersfield offers a medical transcription certificate program. The campus is located in Bakersfield, but the coursework can be taken wholly online.
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College, situated about three miles from downtown L.A., offers a certificate program in medical office assistance that covers medical transcription in its curriculum.

Comparison of Schools

Both of the profiled schools are in a large city environment and are similar in size. Their tuition costs and graduation rates vary, however. Use this table to compare and contrast these and other areas for the two colleges.

CSU - Bakersfield Los Angeles Trade Technical College
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 10,131 12,984
Campus Setting City: Large City: Large
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $2,995 for medical transcription certificate** $1,220 in-state
$7,538 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)* 92% 75%
Retention Rate (2017)* 76% 65%
Graduation Rate* 41% (students who began in 2011) 27% (students who began in 2014)

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **School website

CSU - Bakersfield

California State University in Bakersfield has an Extended Education department that offers many online and hybrid programs. Along with on-campus programs, there are over 30 certificate and degree programs that can be completed through the Extended Education department, and one of these programs is the medical transcription and editing certificate.

Medical Transcription and Editing Certificate

This program is set up 100% wholly online for those who want to learn the skills necessary to become a medical transcriptionist. Students must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. This program takes about six months to complete and requires 640 hours of instruction. In this program, students will look at course topics in medical word building, medical terminology, keyboard kinetics, grammar, pharmacology, diagnostic reports, and transcription skills.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Within the business and civic engagement pathway at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, students can pursue a medical office assistant certificate program. This program trains students for occupations in a medical office, and it includes a medical transcription course.

Medical Office Assistant Certificate of Achievement

To complete this certificate program, students must complete 32 credits of coursework. Program-related courses include records management and filing, computer keyboarding, medical terminology, medical transcription and medical office procedures. Students can typically complete this program in 3 semesters.

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