Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Medical Transcription

Allied Health

221 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall

Award

Diploma

3 semesters

Increasing requirements for patient care documentation provide numerous opportunities for medical transcriptionists. Physicians and other health care providers use state-of-the-art electronic technology to dictate and transmit highly technical and confidential information for their patients. These medical professionals rely on skilled medical transcriptionists to transform the spoken word into comprehensive records that accurately communicate medical information.

Medical transcriptionists (MTs) are specialists in medical language and health care documentation. They interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other health care professionals regarding patient assessment, therapeutic procedures, clinical courses, diagnoses and prognoses.

Career opportunities: physician’s offices, laboratories, medical transcription businesses, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, legal offices, insurance companies, medical libraries.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester

 

 

 

COM-710

Basic Communications or

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals

 

CSC-110

Introduction to Computers

3

HSC-115

Medical Terminology

4

MTR-102

Professionalism in Medical Transcription

2

 

 

12

Second Semester

ADM-165

Information Processing

3

BCA-136

Advanced Word Processing

3

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

HIT-495

Medical Office Management

2.5

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-142

Elements of Pharmacology

1

MTR-112

Medical Transcription

2

 

 

16.5

Third Semester

HSC-217

Introduction to Pathology

3

MTR-150

Career Medical Transcription

6

MTR-180

Medical Transcription Professional Practice Experience

0.5

 

 

9.5

Total program credit hours

38

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