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2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Transcription Certificate (Owens Code: ZMTN)

On-line Certificate Program

Campus Offered:


Credits Required: 29

Key Skills:

Medical transcriptionists must have good hearing acuity and listening ability combined with reasonable keyboarding skills.

Certification Exam:

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national certification examination to become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) administered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).

Minimum Grades:

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses. All coursework must be completed in three semesters.

On-line Overview:

This program is entirely on-line and improves computer and typing skills and develops competency in medical transcription. Courses in the language of medicine, anatomy & physiology, human disease processes and medical specialties provide the necessary medical knowledge for the correct interpretation of the medical practitioner’s spoken dictation. Courses in English grammar, proofreading and editing teach the skills necessary to produce the written medical records that are used for clinical coding and billing purposes. Medical records are often used as legal documentation in a court of law.

This program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as medical transcriptionists in healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, clinics, physician practices), medical transcription services and for at-home transcription. Medical transcriptionists are specialists in medical language and healthcare documentation who interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding patient assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, prognosis, etc. and edit dictated material for grammar and clarity as necessary and appropriate.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of word processing, computers, dictation and transcription equipment, and related technologies.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to operate designated dictation and transcription equipment and use designated word processing programs and related technologies.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and content of the healthcare records and documents in such.
  • Students will accurately transcribe original healthcare dictation and demonstrate the ability to proofread and correct transcribed healthcare documents.


Required Courses

1st Semester - Fall

13 credits

2nd Semester - Spring

10 credits

Summer Semester

6 credits

Apply for Certificate

Students registering for their final semester of course work must petition for certificate through their Ozone account.  The Petition for Certificate can be found under Student Quick Links.  Deadlines and fees apply; please visit for petition deadline dates. For additional information, refer to Certificate Requirements Policy under Academic Policies and Procedures  


All students should check for prerequisites for a class before registering.