2017-2018 Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook

Medical Transcription Diploma (D25320)

The Medical Transcription curriculum prepares individuals to become medical language specialists who interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals in order to document patient care and facilitate delivery of healthcare services.

Students will gain extensive knowledge of medical terminology, pharmacology, human diseases, diagnostic studies, surgical procedures, and laboratory procedures. In addition to word processing skill and knowledge of voice processing equipment, students must master English grammar, spelling, and proofreading.

Graduates should qualify for employment in hospitals, medical clinics, doctors’ offices, private transcription businesses, research facilities, insurance companies, and publishing companies. After acquiring work experience, individuals can apply to become Certified Medical Transcriptionists.

Technology changes at a rapid pace. For this reason, any previously earned, comparable college-level computer course work will be evaluated for transfer credit. The evaluation will compare previous course content with current technology requirements. Therefore, credit will not automatically be extended course for course.

Course and Hour Requirements

Major Courses

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
MED 121Medical Terminology I
3
0

3

MED 122Medical Terminology II
3
0

3

OST 130Comprehensive Keyboarding
2
2

3

OST 132Keyboard Skill Building
1
2

2

OST 134Text Entry & Formatting
2
2

3

OST 136Word Processing
2
2

3

OST 149Medical Legal Issues
3
0

3

OST 164Text Editing Applications
3
0

3

OST 201Medical Transcription I
3
2

4

OST 202Medical Transcription II
3
2

4

Total Major Hours: 31

General Education Courses

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ACA 115Success and Study Skills
0
2

1

Communications:

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
COM 110Introduction to Communication
3
0

3

or

COM 231Public Speaking
3
0

3

 

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry
3
0

3

Total General Education Hours: 7

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 38

Suggested Sequence of Courses

Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ACA 115Success and Study Skills
0
2

1

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry
3
0

3

MED 121Medical Terminology I
3
0

3

OST 130Comprehensive Keyboarding
2
2

3

OST 136Word Processing
2
2

3

Communications Course*
3
0

3

Total Credit Hours:
13
6
16

Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
MED 122Medical Terminology II
3
0

3

OST 132Keyboard Skill Building
1
2

2

OST 134Text Entry & Formatting
2
2

3

OST 149Medical Legal Issues
3
0

3

OST 164Text Editing Applications
3
0

3

OST 201Medical Transcription I
3
2

4

Total Credit Hours:
15
6
18

Summer Term

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
OST 202Medical Transcription II
3
2

4

Total Credit Hours:
3
2
4

*See "Course and Hour Requirements"

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 38