Online Medical Transcription Certificates

Insider tips for choosing and succeeding in the right school and career

School Surprises

"Very Impressed I Found The Instructors To Be Incredible Available...
I remember having to call the school for a question about a inaudible file and to my surprise I was immediately connected to a professor and she proceeded to go over and over the sound for me to help me understand what the file was saying." (medical transcriptionist; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Louisiana, female
School: Studied Medical Transcription at Penn Foster in Pennsylvania; completed Associate degree in 2012

"Online Less Rigorous Than Traditional Education...
I was most surprised to find that the quality of students in my online program was substantially less than the quality of students in the previous on-campus university that I had attended. The average age of students was much higher in my online courses, and the average writing ability was much lower." (Virtual Medical Scribe; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied Health Studies at Walden University in Minnesota; completed Bachelor degree in 2012

"I Was Pleased That Kishwaukee College Was Supportive...
I would have to say that the ability to complete courses online and not having to go into the school the majority of the time was nice as I could work and do school. The teachers were all willing to help accommodate me in taking as many classes as I could from home." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

Career: 12 years of experience, currently based in Kentucky, female
School: Studied Medical Transcription at Kishwaukee College in Illinois; completed Certificate degree in 2002

"I Was Astonished To Hear That They Help With Job Placement But Do...
The student books need to be re updated. It says that you have to upload certain assignments but when you try to it does not accept it. The student advisers do not really help you out. They claim to help you find a job. They don't. They send you to another company that just helps write a resume." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Missouri, female
School: Studied Medical Transcription at Ashworth College in Georgia; completed Diploma degree in 2012

"How You Can Get The Same Level Of Help From Your Teacher In A Online Class As You Would In A On Campus Class...
I was really surprised to find that you can get a lot of attention and help if you need it from your online teachers. I figured because it was online that would be hard to get but I was wrong. If you need help or don't understand something your teachers will quickly respond to you and also they will call you on the phone to even help you understand something a little better." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in West Virginia, female
School: Studied Medical Transcriptonist at Phoenix University in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2010

"How Quickly I Learned To Organize My Time And Responsibility...
what surprised me most was how quickly I learned to be better organized. That is something you never really prepare for. At the very last minute I had to change the routine I had planned in my head when I enrolled, it worked out, though." (medical transcriptionist; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, female
School: Studied Medical at US Career Institute; completed Certificate degree in 2012

"Exceptionally Helpful And Knowledgeable Instructors...
The support system of the online certification system was surprisingly composed of people who were not only inside the field but also who had decades of experience and were still working in the field itself. This meant that they were not simply academics with knowledge of the field of study, but people still active who had the most up-to-date knowledge because they used that knowledge daily. It was very helpful because they literally had daily exposure and answered every single question with intimate knowledge of the subject based on personal experience." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Medical Transcription at Weatherford College in Texas; completed Certificate degree in 2010

"Excellent Relationship With Teacher...
I was surprised to see the interpersonal relationship I was able to have with my teacher. I thought it'd be more of a do-it-yourself situation but my teacher was very invested in making sure we understood everything and were well prepared." (medical transcriptionist; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Medical Transcription at Everett Community College Online in Washington; completed Certificate degree in 2012

"Employment Is Difficult To Find After College...
Despite the fact that the college said there would not be any trouble at all finding employment, I had a great deal of difficulty finding a job after I got my certificate." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, female
School: Studied Medical at Penn Foster in Pennsylvania; completed Certificate degree in 2009

"Diversity In Coursework Tools...
I was delighted to discover that my classes included a wide variety of teaching tools including power point, videos, practice quizzes and group classes with opportunity to ask questions and share screens. It was a mix of set schedule and opportunities to learn when it was most convenient for me and I found myself much more involved in learning that way, spending more and not less time doing school work." (Medical Coding & Reimbursement Specialist; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Washington, female
School: Studied Health Informatics & Information Management at Shoreline Community College in Washington; completed Certificate degree in 2012

"Awesome Resume Help...
I was surprised at how easy it was to accomplish my work and how quickly the test results were posted. The staff at Allied Business School was very helpful and very prompt in their replies to my questions. I also had an adviser who helped me put together an awesome resume at the end of my schooling." (medical transcriptionist; 2014)

Career: 7 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, female
School: Studied Medical Transcription at Allied Business School in California in 2006

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Best School Tips

"Trust Your Instructors!!...
always try to take the instructors help when available I find them to be the best resource at the college" (medical transcriptionist; 2014)

"Take Advantage Of Online Workshops That Are Offered For Your Courses...
Be sure to take advantage of the different workshop's that is offered online if you need a refresher course in something for example "English Class" these tools are there to help you succeed. Also don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it that's what your teachers and peers and there for." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2013)

"Stay On Top Of Assignment Dates...
Read through the syllabus thoroughly at the beginning of each online course. Note when assignments are due, and stay on top of these assignments. Try to post things ahead of time, so that you are not late in turning in assignments in case of technical difficulties." (Virtual Medical Scribe; 2014)

"Preparing For Logging In...
Make sure you do have a quiet place to study with a decent computer and really good internet connection. If your computer is too old or your connection too slow, you may have trouble accessing some of the programs or software." (Medical Coding & Reimbursement Specialist; 2014)

"Practice Is Key For Successful Transcription...
Get lots of practice transcribing while in school because you'll definitely need it!" (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

Make sure to ask questions ahead of time, instead of trying to work ahead and think you may know something. It is easier to learn it the first time the right way." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

"Importance Of Placement Assistance And Advocacy...
Take full advantage of the career placement opportunities offered by the college as the field is very difficult to enter without this additional assistance." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

"Find A Company That Hires Students Wit No Experience...
Try to look into jobs while still attending the classes. Try to find a company that hires for fresh students." (Medical Transcriptionist; 2014)

"Do Not Procrastinate...
You must prioritize your time. We had a week to complete our assignments and more than not, I waited till the last minute. This is something you should not do. Twice my computer broke down, another time, my internet cut off. I was lucky to have completed my work on time and because your entire education is on your computer, put money aside for such inconveniences." (medical transcriptionist; 2013)

"Career Placement Help...
Make use of the online resources that help with transcription. They were very helpful to me. Keep in contact with your adviser for help finding a job after graduation. The resume they helped me with was wonderful and opened a lot of doors." (medical transcriptionist; 2014)

"Asking Lots Of Question Can Hold The Key To Success...
Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as possible, whether it is via e-mail or on the phone, communication is key to success with an online program." (medical transcriptionist; 2014)