Medical Transcription

Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2018-2019

Medical Transcription

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Diploma/Certificate
1 year (2 terms)

Personal characteristics
Explore medical transcription if you enjoy word processing, have keen hearing, an interest in health care, and excellent grammar, punctuation and spelling skills. A high level of concentration for extended periods of time is also important.

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 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.

For gainful employment information, including graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other information, visit www.kirkwood.edu/gainfulemployment.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Fall

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy & Physiology*

3

HSC-115

Medical Terminology*+

4

MTR-102

Professionalism in Medical Transcription+

2

MTR-113

Medical Transcription+

2.5

HIT-420

Legal Aspects of Health Information+

2

HIT-361

Introduction to HIT+

3

 

 

16.5

Term 2-Spring

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*+

2

HSC-217

Introduction to Pathology*+

3

HSC-142

Elements of Pharmacology*+

1

MTR-150

Career Medical Transcription

6.5

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communications* OR

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals* OR

 

SPC-112

Public Speaking*

 

MAT-772

Applied Math*

3

 

 

18.5

Total program credit hours

35

Medical Transcription Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Fall

HSC-115

Medical Terminology*+

4

MTR-102

Professionalism in Medical Transcription+

2

HIT-420

Legal Aspects of Health Information+

2

MTR-113

Medical Transcription

2.5

 

 

10.5

Term 2-Spring

MTR-150

Career Medical Transcription

6.5

 

 

6.5

Total program credit hours

17

*Courses may be taken before beginning the program.

+Courses are available online.

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