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Medical Transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists perform typing and word processing duties to record medical information from physicians and/or other health professionals.

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Work Activities/Environment
Medical transcriptionists work in health care type settings such as hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, health maintenance organizations (HMO's), public health agencies, home health care agencies, and nursing homes. They often listen to recorded data from physicians and other medical professionals and type information into a computer system. They also edit information for grammar and proper medical terms used in a patient's medical records. They are sitting at a computer terminal most of the time. Medical transcriptionists may work part-time or full-time and may work evenings and weekends.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study English, typing, computer courses, health and biology. A high school diploma or equivalent is required and students must complete a program or associate degree in medical transcription. Course work includes English composition and grammar, computer applications, medical terminology and medical transcription. Upon completion of a program, individuals can earn the designation Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) if they pass written and practical examinations provided through the American Association of Medical Transcription.

Educational Institutions
Blackhawk Technical College
Gateway Technical College
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Lakeshore Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Campus
Rasmussen College - Wausau Campus
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - New Richmond
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Superior

Average $29,410

Professional Organizations
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity
4230 Kiernan Ave., Suite 120
Modesto, CA, 95356
800/982-2182 or 209/527-9620

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