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School of Health and Life Sciences

Medical Transcription

Sep 03, 2019
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Medical transcriptionists are highly trained language specialists responsible for ensuring patient records are accurate and medical documents are authentic. Every day a new threat to our health, a new disease, a miracle drug or perhaps a drug that has been removed from the market due to side effects is discovered. As a result, the rate at which medical information is produced increases exponentially daily as well.

As a transcriptionist, you play the vital role of telling a patient's story. The electronic health record (EHR) that you create adds to the speed with which other medical specialists can access a patient's medical information. Because it serves as a definitive source of truth, the record must be accurate.

Transcriptionists dictate, re-write, edit and double-check all patient information relayed from doctors and nurses to make sure patients are receiving the correct procedures and medication.

Using voice recognition technology, and talk-to-text programs, transcriptionists can work for a variety of clinics, hospitals and laboratories from the comfort of their home.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

The 1-year Medical Transcription certificate program will teach you about medical and pharmaceutical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical office procedures and business communications.

You can expect to spend on average:

  • 27 hours per week in classes over the course of a semester
  • 20 hours per week studying outside of class time

The program allows for a blended delivery method for some courses. In these courses, you will have regularly scheduled face-to-face classes as well as structured online course materials and interactive activities that will give you the opportunity to complete your coursework at your own pace.

You will be required to purchase Medical Transcription Client Software, available in-person through the Main Campus shop AT NAIT bookstore, to support your learning.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Upon graduation, you may find opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals to medical offices, insurance offices and laboratories. Some positions may allow you to work from home and service several medical locations at the same time. Because of this, the medical transcription career offers flexibility to fit your lifestyle, whether you want to work part-time or full-time.

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If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Medical Transcriptionist program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: MTR@nait.ca
Tel: 780.471.6248

 



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Term 1

COMM1104Business Communications
  • Course Equivalencies: MTR165
  • Open Studies: Available

This course includes a review of fundamental grammar principles and word usage and introduces the mechanics of writing and punctuation as they apply in the field of medical documentation. The student will analyze and edit a variety of documents. Additionally, the student will evaluate and write effective business correspondence and job-application communications in relation to the healthcare sector.

COMP1103Computer Applications
  • Course Equivalencies: MTR127
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the student to a wide range of computer hardware and software including basic knowledge of computers, introduction to Windows and Windows Explorer, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. Students will learn about networks, computer issues, relevant terminology, and the Internet.

FOMS1106Fundamentals of Medical Science I
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: ITMS1105. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MTR100
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will introduce the student to anatomy and physiology. The course begins with a basic exploration of body organization, after which the blood, lymphatic and immune systems, and the integumentary system will be explored with a focus on pathological conditions, diagnosis, treatment, and the associated medical terminology.

ITMS1105Introduction to Medical Specialties
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: FOMS1106. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course includes a thorough exploration of terminology related to pharmaceuticals, medical laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, surgical procedures, and oncology, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of disease.

METR1101Medical Transcription I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Transcription program. Co-requisite: METR1102.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will familiarize the student with the role of a medical documentation specialist, how to recognize and utilize appropriate reference material, identify and understand terminology within a healthcare setting, describe a health record, and proofread medical reports. Students will relate their knowledge of anatomical and pathological terms to medical documents and apply skills necessary for excellence in transcription. Students will transcribe dictated material using various medical report templates. Keyboarding activity built in to measure productivity.

METR1102Medical Transcription II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Transcription program. Co-requisite: METR1101.
  • Course Equivalencies: MTR120
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The students will learn the technical framework for transcribing medical data in order to produce an accurate medical document. They will also learn to apply the standards of medical documentation and identify commonly misspelled words in order to support and facilitate their role as editors.

Term 2

FOMS1207Fundamentals of Medical Science II
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: FOMS1106, ITMS1105. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MTR200
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is a continuation of FOMS1106 and a companion to FOMS1208 and FOMS1209. The anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system will be explored with a focus on pathological conditions, diagnosis, treatment, and the associated medical terminology.

FOMS1208Fundamentals of Medical Science III
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: FOMS1106, ITMS1105. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is a continuation of FOMS1106 and a companion to FOMS1207 and FOMS1209. The anatomy and physiology of the endocrine system, nervous system, and the organs of the special senses will be explored with a focus on pathological conditions, diagnosis, treatment, and the associated medical terminology.

FOMS1209Fundamentals of Medical Science IV
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: FOMS1106, ITMS1105. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is a continuation of FOMS1106 and a companion to FOMS1207 and FOMS1208. The anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, genitourinary system, and obstetrics and gynecology will be explored with a focus on pathological conditions, diagnosis, treatment, and the associated medical terminology.

METR1210Medical Document Integrity
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Transcription program. Prerequisites: ITMS1105, METR1101, METR1102, FOMS1106, COMP1103, COMM1104. Co-requisites: FOMS1207, FOMS1208, FOMS1209.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course allows the student to practice transcribing and editing medical dictations to meet the minimum standard required by healthcare organizations. Transcription of authentic physician-dictated medical reports is organized by body system or medical specialty. The emphasis is on developing accuracy, speed, and medical knowledge for transcription of letters, chart notes, history and physical examination reports, consultation reports, emergency room reports, diagnostic imaging reports, and discharge summaries. Editing and proofreading techniques and grammar and punctuation reviews are included. Related courses are integrated and presented in a unified approach by using authentic physician dictation for medical transcription practice combined with knowledge of anatomy, medical terminology, medical science, pharmacology, and laboratory procedures. The goal is to produce a skilled, job-ready medical documentation specialist.

METR1211Professional Practices
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Medical Transcription program. Prerequisites: COMP1103, COMM1104, ITMS1105, FOMS1106.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This student will become familiar with the skills and attributes required in the field of medical administration. This course will include an overview of methods for ensuring quality patient care, effective interpersonal communication skills, teamwork, office procedures, and physician office systems. The diverse needs of healthcare clients will be explored. A basic knowledge of the role of the health information team with a focus on the management of healthcare information including privacy, confidentiality, and security will be provided. The student will use the above knowledge and skills in a virtual workplace with a focus on demonstrating professional conduct.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,000
Level 1 Term 2: $550

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

  • 60% in Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2) OR Successful completion of COMM1104 with a 1.7 GPA.
  • Typing Test - Applicants must submit a proctored certified typing test with a minimum of 40 net words per minute and 90% accuracy as part of the application process. The typing test must be completed within the last 24 months, at the time of application. Take a look at the Typing Test Instructions to find out what's required and how to register.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Additional Requirements and Considerations

Students are required to have laptop computers for the duration of their studies at NAIT. This is referred to as BYOD (bring your own device).

Please note: This program only accepts TOEFL iBT or IELTS to satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirements.

English Language Requirements: Medical Transcription is a specialized language program. Strong command of the English language, especially listening and writing skills, is essential to a student's success in this program. English-as-an-additional-language applicants are strongly recommended to meet with the program staff to have a better understanding of the language requirements prior to applying.

A general knowledge of Science, in particular Biology, may provide support for success in this program, although it will not impact the admission decision.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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