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Medical Transcription Course

Medical Transcription Class Outline

Woman in a medical transcriptionist role

Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the United States, with 1 in every 4 new jobs created in the next ten years.

A career in medical transcription can be yours with the New York Institute of Career Development’s Medical Transcription Class.

Course Description

Our Medical Transcription curriculum was developed by practicing professionals who know what it takes to excel in the field. This course will prepare you to take the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam administered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).

Online Medical Transcription Curriculum

Unit 1: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

1.1 Medical Terminology 

Fundamentals and origins of medical terms; analyzing, defining, and creating medical terms; identifying major body structures and directional terms.

1.2 Body Systems 1 

Anatomy, physiology, and basic terminology related to the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems.

1.3 Body Systems 2 

Anatomy, physiology, and basic terminology related to the urinary and reproductive systems; gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology terms and conditions; anatomy of the eyes and ears.

Unit 2: Introduction to Medical Transcription and Healthcare Documentation

2.1 Introduction to Healthcare Documentation and the Healthcare Record 

Attributes of a professional transcriptionist; health record privacy; protected health information and disclosure; HIPAA regulations; creation and components of health records; commonly dictated healthcare reports.

2.2 Documentation Technology and Transcription Practices 

Security measures for health information; recommended encryption standards; speech recognition technology; electronic health records; abbreviation expansion software; auditory discrimination; electronic references and Internet resources; proofreading and editing strategies; productivity strategies.

2.3 Perspectives on Style 

Common terms used in healthcare documentation; frequently misspelled or misused words; Arabic and Roman numerals; units of measure; abbreviations and acronyms; capitalization and punctuation rules; subject-verb agreement; symbols; correcting inverted and fragmented sentences.

2.4 Transcribing for Psychiatry and Dermatology 

Common psychiatric diseases; diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in psychiatry; psychiatric pharmacology; advanced wound therapy; surgical and laboratory dermatology procedures; pharmacology for dermatology.

2.5 Transcribing for Family and Internal Medicine 

Pediatrics; otorhinolaryngology; endocrinology; hematology; oncology; geriatrics; common diseases, blood disorders, and cancers.

Unit 3: Documentation and Transcription for Medical Specialties

3.1 Transcribing for Pulmonary Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Cardiology  

Structure and function of the respiratory system, eyes, and cardiovascular system; common pulmonary, ophthalmology, and cardiovascular terms; common diseases of the respiratory system, the eyes, and the cardiovascular system; diagnostic and surgical procedures; pulmonary, ophthalmic, and cardiovascular drugs and their uses; related laboratory tests and procedures.

3.2 Transcribing for Urology, Nephrology, Obstetrics, and Gynecology 

Structure and function of the urinary tract and male reproductive system; genitourinary terms, diseases, diagnostic and laboratory tests, surgical procedures, and drugs; structure and function of the female reproductive system; common ObGyn terms; patient care during pregnancy and delivery; common diseases of the female reproductive system; ObGyn diagnostic and surgical procedures, laboratory tests, and drugs.

3.3 Transcribing for Gastroenterology and Orthopedics  

Structure and function of the gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems; common gastrointestinal and orthopedic terms, diseases, and drugs; common fractures of the extremities; gastrointestinal and orthopedic diagnostic and surgical procedures and laboratory tests and procedures.

3.4 Transcribing for Neurology, Diagnostic Imaging, and Pathology 

Structure and function of the nervous system; common neurology terms and drugs; diseases of the nervous system; neurology diagnostic and surgical procedures and laboratory tests and procedures; imaging and pathology terms; imaging procedures, techniques and views; contrast agents and radionuclides; gross and microscopic examination; biopsy and autopsy reports.

3.5 Professional Issues 

Work environments and options for medical transcriptionists; questions and considerations for jobs in healthcare documentation; cover letters and resumés; employment search strategies; improving performance on employment tests; employment and networking resources; healthy ergonomic practices.

What You Get

  • Instant access to high-quality course materials
  • One-to-one mentorship from a professional in the field
  • Video training featuring tips from industry veterans
  • Certification preparation materials including free practice tests

NYICD offers convenient online training to anyone looking to gain the independence that comes with a new career. Study anytime, anywhere at your own pace and get certified in a matter of months. Call 1-800-239-9275 or enroll online today.