Education guide

How to Train at Home for a Career in Medical Transcription

Sometimes there’s a good reason to attend classes in person to learn skills for a new career. Other times, it makes as much sense, or even more sense, to learn your new career at home. If you’re hoping to work at home as a medical transcriptionist, training at home makes a lot of sense.

Even before you pick a training course, you need to consider your typing speed. If you aren’t typing a minimum of 45 words per minute, you need to practice before you sign up with a school. Just search online for a free typing tutor and you can build up your typing skills quickly. If you want something better, you can buy typing software, but most are satisfied with what can be found online for free.

This is important. Some transcription schools won’t accept you if you don’t type at least that fast. You’ll get faster yet as you transcribe. You will not transcribe as fast as you type, but the faster you type the faster you can transcribe. A good minimum speed is vital if you want to earn a living in this career.

Now research medical transcription training courses. AHDI Approval is a good qualification to look for. I like Career Step personally, as they have AHDI Approval, reasonable rates for their training, and are partnered with certain employers.

In any case, your training program must include pharmacology, anatomy, terminology, grammar and real doctor dictation for you to transcribe. You should have a teacher assigned to you who you can contact when you have a question. Student and graduate forums are also a big help both during your training and in networking to find a job after graduation.

Job placement assistance is a big plus. Being well trained is nice, being well trained and knowing where to start applying for jobs is even better. The money you spend on training won’t do you any good until you have a job.

Cost is certainly a factor for most of us. There’s a balance between course quality and expense you should consider. The cheapest courses out there may not be good enough to get you a job, resulting in wasted time. The highest price aren’t always the best, although they can be. Make sure that the course you choose won’t break your budget too badly. Take advantage of payment plans if necessary.

Set up a good area to work on your medical transcription training. Ideally this will be your home office when you find a job. It should be quiet and with minimal distractions.

You should set up a good study schedule. Work it around your current job if you have one. If your hours change a lot, this is where taking a course at home has huge advantages. You don’t have to worry about missing class just because your schedule changed.

Treat your study time as seriously as you would your job. It’s good practice and will help you to get though your classes quickly.

The time spent in your course can help you to figure out if you’re going to need anything when you find a job, such as childcare or extra help around the house. If you’re married or have roommates or a significant other in your home, make sure they know why you need any extra help you do. Talk out any issues that come up. Don’t just suffer through and feel resentful.