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02/22/11 – Medical Transcriptionist Certificate

Last updated 5/30/2014

Certificate Code 5785

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Peter Richards, 309-796-5610, richardsp@bhc.edu


This certificate is offered only at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The Medical Transcriptionist Certificate is a three-semester program; it is offered at the Quad-Cities Campus. Experienced and trained medical transcriptionists are in strong demand.

Students in this program acquire proficiency in medical terminology, medical transcription, proofreading, editing, medical office procedures, medical billing with Medical Manager software, current MS Window word processing application software, and computer keyboarding skill. Students get hands-on practice in preparing physician’s documentation-keyboarding transcription, proofing, and editing sentences for accuracy as a legal document. Students get practical work experience by participating in a one-semester internship in local health care facilities, clinics, or with medical transcription providers.

This program offers the student the opportunity to work in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, or with medical transcription providers. The demand in this area is great for the graduate who has excelled in keyboarding, medical transcription and proofreading and editing skills.

Currently, experienced medical transcriptionists have the option to work out of their own homes or work for large organizations that outsource their work to in-home workstations. The graduate of this program would have entry-level qualifications to be employed in this career area.

Medical Transcriptionist Certificate
Certificate Code 5785
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
BE 100 — Work Environment Orientation (2)
PN 110 — Basic Anatomy and Physiology (3)
BIOL 150 — Medical Terminology (3)
BE 141 — Computerized Keyboarding I (3)
BE 145A — Information Processing I (1)
BE 145B — Information Processing II (1)
COMM 105 — Essentials of English (3)

Second Semester
HIM 148 — Beginning Medical Transcription (4)
HIM 251 — Medical Office Procedures (3)
HIM 200 — Advanced Medical Terminology (3)
HIM 255 — Management of Electronic Health Records (3)

Third Semester
HIM 252 — Pharmacology Terminology (3)
HIM 250 — Advanced Medical Transcription (4)
HIM 261 — Seminar (3)
HIM 265 — Internship (1)
BE 143 — Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy (2)
Elective (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (45)

Courses for this program include: »

BE 100 Work Environment Orientation
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course is intended to introduce the facts, skills, strengths, and career goals necessary for success in the business education curricula.

BE 141 Computerized Keyboarding I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Keyboard mastery and document formatting using a current word processing software package.

BE 143 Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For students who wish to increase keyboarding speed and improve accuracy.

BE 145A Information Processing I
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BE 145B Information Processing II
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Students learn word processing software most commonly found in area offices.

BIOL 150 Medical Terminology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: 83 or above on COMPASS reading test or REA 098 “C” or better.
This course presents the principles of medical word construction through identification of root words, prefixes, suffices, combining forms, and methods of building medical terms. Emphasis is placed on correct medical word spelling, pronunciation, and definition, while introducing terminology specific to various body systems. The course is intended to prepare students to classify medical information for use in medical coding, billing, and reporting.

COMM 105 Essentials of English
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Reviews grammar, punctuation, usage and sentence structure and organizational principles of writing through a variety of tasks. COMM 105 is a required course in several career curricula.

HIM 148 Beginning Medical Transcription
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BE 141 or equivalent skill.
Introduction to transcription of medical reports.

HIM 200 Advanced Medical Terminology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIOL 150 “C” or better.
Building a strong medical vocabulary, emphasis on extensive medical specialties anatomy, diagnostic and treatment procedures, progress of student from word recognition to usage in medical reports.

HIM 250 Advanced Medical Transcription
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: BIOL 150, HIM 148, and BE 141 “C” or better.
Machine transcription of medical reports. Emphasis on punctuation, spelling, and proofreading.

HIM 251 Medical Office Procedures
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BE 141 or equivalent.
Administration of the medical office; insurance, professional and business records.

HIM 252 Pharmacology Terminology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Emphasis is on spelling, abbreviations, pronunciation, drug names and references and bodily effects of drugs. Drug classifications.

HIM 255 Management of Electronic Health Records
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Administration of the medical office with use of “Medical Manager” practice management software. Hands-on computer experience with Medical Manager software. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of how accounts receivable, billing, collections and reporting are electronically performed.

HIM 261 Seminar
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in HIM 265.
Discussion of internship activities, challenges, team opportunities and problems.

HIM 265 Internship
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 40 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Instructor consent and concurrent enrollment in HIM 261.
Supervised field program, providing work experience in offices for students enrolled in Health Information Management.

PN 110 Basic Anatomy and Physiology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology.


Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Medical Transcriptionist Certificate