Medical Records Transcribing/Healthcare Documentation
The Medical Record Transcribing program prepares students for employment as medical record transcriptionists. Curriculum includes the following major skill areas: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, grammar and punctuation, health care delivery systems, health information services, legal and ethical responsibilities, safety/security procedures, computer/transcription skills, employability skills, and entrepreneurship.
Medical transcriptionists are individuals who type dictated medical reports that document a patient’s medical care. These may include office chart notes, history and physical examinations, consultations, letters, memos, admission notes, operative reports, discharge summaries, and diagnostic study reports. High professional standards contribute to the transcriptionist’s ability to interpret, translate, and edit medical dictation for content and clarity. In the last quarter of the program students are placed in a clinical environment. The credit from the program transfers to Broward College towards a degree in Health Information Management or Office Systems Technology.
Upon completion, the Registered Healthcare Documentation Spcialist (RHDS), which is a national certification examination, may be taken through the Association of Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). Although there is employment in hospitals and doctors’ office, the majority of medical transcriptionists work remotely from their home.