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Career Diploma - Medical Transcriptionist

The Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma Program at Penn Foster is designed to prepare students to transcribe dictated medical documents in a variety of healthcare settings. Read on for more details about this online program.

Official Program Name:

Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster College

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster's Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma program combines traditional learning opportunities with online simulations to help students build an understanding of medical transcription tools, practices, and responsibilities. A two-part medical transcription course allows students to work on transcribed reports to perform proofreading and editing tasks and prepare various types of transcribed documents. In addition, students will complete simulations used to strengthen their spelling of medical and laboratory terms as well as drug names. Other courses cover medical billing and reimbursement processes, medical office procedures, medical terminology, names of body systems and their functions, disease treatments, and electronic health records management. This program is designed to help students prepare for professional certification offered through the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster:

Students of the Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma program are supplied with the textbooks and learning aids needed to complete the program. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for a Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster College to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Starting Your Program
  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health
  • Medical Billing and Health Insurance
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology 1
  • Body Systems and Medical Terminology 2
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Pathology and Pharmacology
  • Medical Transcription 1
  • Medical Transcription 2

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those who wish to continue their studies after completing the Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma program could do so by pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in pharmacy technician or pharmacy technology. A 2-year degree program might delve deeper into dosing, compounding, drug interaction, and legal topics and might include clinical experiences.

Associate's degrees graduates might consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Medical Transcription
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management

Career Paths:

Graduates of Penn Foster College's Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma program might possess the skills needed to begin their careers in physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, or group physician offices. They might also be able to provide their services in non-clinical settings, such as insurance offices, law offices, or government agencies.

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