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Medical Secretary Courses

ADMM 1170

Medical Transcription

Credits: 3

Description: This course is an introduction to transcription of dictated medical reports used in a variety of medical facilities. Emphasis is placed on proper formatting, building transcription proficiency, and application of medical transcription style as defined by the American Association of Medical Transcriptionists. Prerequisite(s): BIOL1004, ADMM2200 (Medical Language Applications)

Credit Breakdown: 1/2/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.


Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate effective communication/interaction skills.
  2. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  3. Demonstrate career/computation skills.
  4. Demonstrate technology skills.
  5. Demonstrate self-development skills.


  1. Describe the importance of the confidential nature of medical records.
  2. Describe the content and purpose of the inpatient medical reports used at Hillcrest Medical Center.
  3. Describe the content and purpose of the outpatient medical reports and correspondence used at Quali-Care-Clinic.
  4. Transcribe medical reports using correct report format.
  5. Transcribe medical reports using correct capitalization, number and punctuation, abbreviation, symbol, and metric measurement rules.
  6. Spell correctly both the English and medical terms and abbreviations presented, either by memory or by using a dictionary or reference book.
  7. Define the medical terms and abbreviations presented, either by memory or by using a dictionary or reference book.
  8. Define the prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes presented.
  9. Identify and define the knowledge, skills, abilities, and responsibilities required of a medical transcriptionist.
  10. Recognize the advantages of having current reference material and be able to use it effectively.
  11. Use standard proofreader's marks to edit medical reports without changing either the meaning or the dictator's style.
  12. Create a transcription booklet to enter into your efolio.

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with Learning Services Director in Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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