School of Health and Life Sciences

Medical Transcription

This program is not currently accepting applications.

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.

Quick Facts

Credential: Certificate

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 1 Year

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 1 Year to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Median Starting Salary

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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.

Medical Transcription

A new frontier in hands-on health-care training

CAE Healthcare and NAIT have entered a simulation research partnership to improve health-care education and patient safety, including support for the polytechnic's simulation research initiatives.

Pushing the limits of simulation training

NAIT's Simulation Centre re-creates the real world of health-care careers

Keeping it Real

From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.

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.

Medical Transcription Students

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Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
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Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal

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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, 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

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

Want to learn more about this program?

Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions.

Please contact the Student Service Centre for general inquiries such as:

  • Student application support
  • Program entrance requirements, tuition & fees, and how to apply
  • Program admissions process
  • Enrolment support
  • Student funding options
  • Fee and refund inquiries
  • General program and course withdrawal procedures
  • Navigating nait.ca and MyNAITPortal

Contact Student Service Centre

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal



The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780.471.7664 or legal@nait.ca.

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