Medical Transcription Editor FAQs
Medical transcription offers you the opportunity to have a real at-home career in
the growing medical industry. The field currently includes 2 important roles:
With Career Step you can train for both of these career paths, work from the
comfort of your home, and prepare for the future of the industry.
Medical transcription is part of the rapidly growing healthcare industry, and
medical transcription employers regularly ask Career Step for more graduates to
fill their entry-level positions. Career Step training is well-known and
well-respected within the medical transcription industry, particularly by employers.
Most medical transcription companies require job applicants to have several
years of experience, but because Career Step's curriculum is so thorough and
trusted, many companies are willing to waive the experience requirement for
Career Step graduates. Over 700 companies have hired Career Step graduates and
the vast majority are hired within a few months of graduation.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
report states that the middle 50% of medical
transcription professionals earn between $27,810 and $42,690 a year. However,
it is important to remember that the majority of transcriptionists are paid
on a production basis, which offers the opportunity to earn more as you become
more familiar with the work, when you work more often, and if you increase
your speed or efficiency.
The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) maintains two industry
Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist
(RHDS) credential and the
Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist
(CHDS) credential. The RHDS exam is designed for entry-level medical
transcriptionists, and the CHDS exam is designed for medical transcriptionists
who have two years of experience working in acute care within the industry.
- Medical transcriptionists type the audio dictations of doctor-patient
interactions, creating the reports that make up patients' medical records.
- Medical transcription editors—specialized medical transcriptionists—correct
and edit dictation reports created by speech recognition software, which
electronically translates dictations into text.
Very few industry employers require these credentials as a prerequisite to employment,
and while your graduation from a Career Step program will not award you either
credential, graduates who have taken the exams have generally done well as Career
Step's training programs help students build a solid foundational understanding of
the medical transcription profession.
Career Step has been a leader in medical transcription education for over 20 years
and offers one of the most comprehensive medical transcription editor training
programs in the industry. You will study online, on your own schedule
and at your own pace. Career Step's training also includes
hundreds of authentic dictations from healthcare providers so that students
have real-world experience when they graduate. With Career Step you know you're
getting the right education; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and
guidance you need to turn your education into a job.
The Career Step Medical Transcription training program is certified and approved
by the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP), which is a joint
committee established by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity
(AHDI) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
At this time, AHDI does not have an approval process for medical transcription
editing specific courses; however, the AHDI-approved Medical Transcription
curriculum is the foundation of the Medical Transcription Editor program.
Career Step's Medical Transcription Editor program is the school's premier
training option for those interested in preparing for a career in the medical
transcription field. This program includes 640 hours of curriculum and teaches
you to be both a medical transcriptionist and a medical transcription editor.
This dual skill set is becoming more and more important to employers as a greater
number of healthcare providers are using speech recognition technology. This
technology will never be able to create reports at the high level of accuracy
needed without input from well-trained medical transcription editors, so employers
are looking for individuals with the skills to quickly and efficiently edit the
computer-generated reports into the final medical records. Gaining both of these
skills sets makes you more flexible as you look for a job after graduation and
prepares you for the future of the industry.
The Medical Transcription program includes 570 hours of curriculum and
teaches students everything they need to know to have a successful medical
transcription career. Students learn the skills of a high-quality medical
transcriptionist but do not have the added advantage of editing-specific training.
Career Step has developed two Medical Transcription Editor programs to provide
speech recognition training that meets the needs of both new students and
already-trained medical transcriptionists.
The full Medical Transcription Editor program is a career-focused course
designed for students without medical transcription knowledge and skills.
This course prepares them for a career as either a medical transcriptionist
or a medical transcription editor.
The Medical Transcription Editor supplemental program is designed for
those who have a solid foundation of medical transcription knowledge and skills.
This program focuses solely on the specialized speech recognition editing skill
set. We strongly recommend you take our short Medical Transcription Editor
Skills Evaluation exam before deciding if the supplemental program is the best
option for you.
The Career Step programs are offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to
all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own
schedule and at your own pace. The programs are broken into modules, or course
subjects, with the first half devoted to building your knowledge base while
the second half is an extensive practicum designed to help you gain the practical
experience you need to smoothly transition into the workplace after graduation.
Career Step student support includes access to:
Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's
student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the
way through the training program.
There are 41 hours of real-life doctor dictations included in the Medical Transcription
program and the medical transcription section of the Medical Transcription Editor
program. These dictations cover a wide variety of medical specialties as well as the
full spectrum of doctor accents and dictation style. The Medical Transcription Editor
program also includes 16 hours of additional dictation in the editing practicum section.
The Medical Transcription Editor program is estimated at 640 completion hours and the
Medical Transcription training program is estimated at 570 completion hours. Since
the programs are completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the
flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes
you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to
complete their 640 hour training program in as little as 4 months (working on the
course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in
the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can
devote about 20 hours a week may finish the 640 hour MTE program in about 8 months).
- Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced,
and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or
computer issues encountered within the training program.
Every student who enrolls in a Career Step training program receives an initial 4-month
period of enrollment. Though the programs are designed to be completed in 4 months of
full-time study, you'll have a full year to complete your training. If you need extra time
to complete the course after your initial one-year enrollment, we have 4-month extensions
available for purchase.
Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in medical transcription. Your enrollment includes:
- Access to expert-created curriculum
- Technical Support
- Transcription foot pedal (device used to control audio playback when transcribing)
- 15-month membership to the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
- 15-month subscription to Benchmark KB (an online database that includes a dynamic medical dictionary, AHDI Book of Style, and many other medical transcription resources)
- Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications: