Medical Transcription Training Curriculum

The Medical Transcription training program covers medical and anatomical fundamentals followed by diagnostic and treatment concepts. Then you'll get hands-on transcription practice to prepare you for the real world. Developed by medical professionals, the easy-to-follow lessons in this course are designed to help prepare you for your career.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth 

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Allied Health 

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

Medical Terminology 

Fundamentals and origins of medical terms; analyzing, defining, and creating medical terms; identifying major body structures and directional terms.

Body Systems 1 

Anatomy, physiology, and basic terminology related to the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems.

Body Systems 2 

Anatomy, physiology, and basic terminology related to the urinary and reproductive systems; gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology terms and conditions; anatomy of the eyes and ears.

Disease Processes and Surgical Procedures 

An overview of the terminology related to major chronic and infectious diseases as well as surgical treatments for those diseases.

Lesson Group 3: Medical Record Style

Introduction to Healthcare Documentation 

Meaningful text; common abbreviations; career opportunities for documentation specialists; electronic health records; public policy regarding healthcare documents; demographics; clinical quality measures; productivity tools; research skills; proofing and editing.

Standards of Style, Part 1 

Style conventions; homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, heteronyms, and eponyms; similar sounding words; abbreviations; brief forms and slang; capitalization, grammar, and punctuation.

Standards of Style, Part 2 

Types of reports; formats and headings; second and continuing pages; numbers; additional abbreviations, terms, and phrases; completing and editing reports; turnaround times.

Lesson Group 4: Specialty Standards

Pharmacology, Cardiology, and Genetics 

Drug names, classes, forms, and administration routes; vitamins, herbal medicines, and supplementary products; bioavailability; commonly transcribed anatomical terms, symptoms, conditions, procedures, treatments, and equipment related to the cardiovascular system; introduction to genetics and DNA; gene nomenclature and symbols; commonly transcribed genetic conditions.

Hematology, Oncology, Dermatology, Allergy, and Immunology 

Elements of blood; common blood disorders and treatments; abbreviations for laboratory testing; neoplasms and cancer grading systems; structure, function, and common terms related to the skin; allergy therapy, tests, and treatments; terms and conditions related to the immune system.

Orthopedics, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics 

Skeletal anatomy, testing, condition, and procedures; nervous system anatomy, testing, conditions, and procedures; female genitourinary anatomy, gynecological conditions, issues relating to childbirth, and common procedures; definition of pediatric population; common pediatric conditions and procedures; immunizations; pediatric classification scales.

Ophthalmology, Organisms/Pathology, and Psychiatry 

Ocular anatomy; specialized testing and equipment; ophthalmologic conditions and procedures; nomenclature and taxonomy; bacteria and viruses; psychiatric testing, diagnoses, and classifications.

Pulmonology/Respiratory and Other Specialty Standards 

Pulmonary anatomy; ventilation terminology; conditions and treatments; classification scales; common internal medicine conditions and treatments; common geriatrics conditions and treatments; common otorhinolaryngology conditions and treatments; common endocrinology conditions and treatments.

Lesson Group 5: Medical Editing

Industry Trends 

Working from home versus working in an office; split shifts; security; voice recognition (front-end and back-end); overseas outsourcing; technology advances; EHR guidelines; transcription platforms.

Medical Editing Career Development 

Education, experience, job searching.

Listening and Editing Skills 

Editing challenges due to accents and voice recognition software; the mechanics of editing; decisions about the extent of editing; style; quality assurance.

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Program Description

The Medical Transcription program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to transcribe various types of healthcare documents. Students are introduced to the healthcare record, transcription technology, standard practices, and style perspectives. They learn to transcribe documents related to all medical specialties, including cardiology, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, and psychiatry. Students also learn how to edit medical documents transcribed by voice recognition devices.

Program Objectives

After completing the Medical Transcription program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the personal and professional skills required for success in this profession, outline the job duties associated with this work, explain how medical transcriptionists are impacted by HIPAA and other ethical regulations, and describe the employment opportunities available to trained personnel.
  2. Describe how to build a strong base of medical terminology and use this terminology to accurately identify and describe body planes, anatomical directions, and the structures and functions of all major body systems.
  3. Identify and describe basic concepts related to examination procedures and positions, laboratory tests, radiography techniques, and pharmacology.
  4. Identify common problems and errors that occur during dictation or dictation conversion and explain when the transcriptionist should consult the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR), the dictionary, style guides, or other reference materials.
  5. Explain why medical records are confidential and describe how transcriptionists participate in the maintenance of patient confidentiality.
  6. Transcribe various types of reports accurately from a variety of medical specialties and proofread this work both for accuracy and compliance with standard rules of grammar and style.
  7. Edit medical documents previously transcribed by voice recognition devices.

PCDI Canada's Medical Transcription training can be completed from home. There are no classes to attend. Call 1-800-535-1613 or enroll online today.