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.

Allied Healthcareers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied healthcareers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many 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.

Lesson Group 3: Introduction to Medical Transcription and Healthcare Documentation

Introduction to Healthcare Documentation and the Healthcare Record 

Attributes of a professional transcriptionist; health record privacy; protected health information and disclosure; HIPAA regulations; creation and components of health records; commonly dictated healthcare reports.

Documentation Technology and Transcription Practices  

Security measures for health information; recommended encryption standards; speech recognition technology; electronic health records; abbreviation expansion software; auditory discrimination; electronic references and Internet resources; proofreading and editing strategies; productivity strategies.

Perspectives on Style  

Common terms used in healthcare documentation; frequently misspelled or misused words; Arabic and Roman numerals; units of measure; abbreviations and acronyms; capitalization and punctuation rules; subject-verb agreement; symbols; correcting inverted and fragmented sentences.

Transcribing for Psychiatry and Dermatology 

Common psychiatric diseases; diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in psychiatry; psychiatric pharmacology; advanced wound therapy; surgical and laboratory dermatology procedures; pharmacology for dermatology.

Transcribing for Family and Internal Medicine 

Pediatrics; otorhinolaryngology; endocrinology; hematology; oncology; geriatrics; common diseases, blood disorders, and cancers.

Lesson Group 4: Documentation and Transcription for Medical Specialties

Transcribing for Pulmonary Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Cardiology  

Structure and function of the respiratory system, eyes, and cardiovascular system; common pulmonary, ophthalmology, and cardiovascular terms; common diseases of the respiratory system, the eyes, and the cardiovascular system; diagnostic and surgical procedures; pulmonary, ophthalmic, and cardiovascular drugs and their uses; related laboratory tests and procedures.

Transcribing for Urology, Nephrology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology  

Structure and function of the urinary tract and male reproductive system; genitourinary terms, diseases, diagnostic and laboratory tests, surgical procedures, and drugs; structure and function of the female reproductive system; common ObGyn terms; patient care during pregnancy and delivery; common diseases of the female reproductive system; ObGyn diagnostic and surgical procedures, laboratory tests, and drugs.

Transcribing for Gastroenterology and Orthopedics 

Structure and function of the gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems; common gastrointestinal and orthopedic terms, diseases, and drugs; common fractures of the extremities; gastrointestinal and orthopedic diagnostic and surgical procedures and laboratory tests and procedures.

Transcribing for Neurology, Diagnostic Imaging, and Pathology  

Structure and function of the nervous system; common neurology terms and drugs; diseases of the nervous system; neurology diagnostic and surgical procedures and laboratory tests and procedures; imaging and pathology terms; imaging procedures, techniques and views; contrast agents and radionuclides; gross and microscopic examination; biopsy and autopsy reports.

Professional Issues  

Work environments and options for medical transcriptionists; questions and considerations for jobs in healthcare documentation; cover letters and resumés; employment search strategies; improving performance on employment tests; employment and networking resources; healthy ergonomic practices.

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Program Description

The Medical Transcription program is designed to provide the student 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. Students learn to transcribe documents related to all medical specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, and pathology. Special attention is paid to HIPAA regulations, confidentiality, and professional issues related to employment.

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.

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.