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Medical Transcriptionist

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Job Description

Medical Transcriptionists (MTs) are medical language specialists who interpret and transcribe orders by physicians and other healthcare professionals. They transcribe dictated information and patient assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, prognosis, and other medical processes to document patient care and facilitate delivery of healthcare services. They edit dictated material for grammar and clarity.

Medical Transcriptionists work in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, laboratories, medical libraries, government medical facilities, or at home. Many MT's telecommunicate from home-based offices as employees or subcontractors for hospitals and transcription services or as self-employed independent contractors.

Educational Programs/Qualifications

A high-school diploma or equivalent and completion of a postsecondary Medical Transcriptionist training program or a two-year associate degree or one-year certification is required. Graduates of a Medical Transcriptionist training program are eligible to take the Certification Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) exam given by the Medical Transcription Certification Program at the American Association for Medical Transcriptionist (AAMT).

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