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Beginning Medical Transcription

This is a beginning medical transcription course designed to provide students with a working knowledge of transcription of medical reports. Transcription is taking the spoken word and turning it into a written document. Case studies are provided so that the student will gain knowledge in the transcribing of various medical reports. Medical reports will be transcribed from ten individual case studies, each of which concerns an inpatient with a specific medical problem. There are between four and eight reports within each case study. Students will be involved in the care of the patient from the date of admission through the date of discharge. Due to specialized theory and skills, students can expect to spend a minimum of 15 hours/week in this course.

Prerequisites: Students MUST HAVE successfully completed: OL402, OL452, OL352, OL400 and OL401. Typing speed of at least 30 wpm, familiarity with a word processing package (MS Word, WordPerfect, KeyPro software), good punctuation and grammar skills. Instructor will be checking to see that students have prerequisites and will refer those without to the registering college's coordinator.

Computer Software Requirements: Windows 7, 8, 10, XP, or Vista. Students must have a CD drive and audio capabilities (speakers or ear phones) and MS Word. Transcription playback software will be a free download from the Internet (Traditional equipment will be simulated). Students may choose to purchase a foot pedal from the software download site (optional). Students must have a PC (or 100% compatible) with 233 MHz Pentium II or higher processor; 64 MB or higher; Hard disk with 40MB free; CD-ROM drive; Soundblaster compatible sound card and speakers; 800 x 400 monitor capable of displaying 256 color. Note that MAC users will need to purchase a Microsoft Word compatibility program installed (about $100 at Staples/Future Shop)