Penn Foster

925 Oak Street, Scranton, PA 18515

Medical Transcriptionist

Program Details

Penn Foster offers a Medical Transcriptionist Diploma. Students begin by receiving an introduction to health care, learning the role medical transcriptionists play in the medical field. In teh course Office Procedures, students learn standard expectations of the administrative assistant in any business office. Tasks include electronic and print mail processing, telephone call management, and business letter writing. The Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality in Allied Health course covers how law affects medical offices. The process of litigation and contract law are also studied. 

Students completing the Medical Transcriptionist program are taught the basics of Word and Excel, as well as word processing and spreadsheets. Students learn how to format business letters and memos, using correct sentence cohesion and proper grammar and spelling. In an Introduction to Medical Terminology, students cover the body systems and the terms used to describe them. 

The Introduction to Basic Pharmacology covers the legal aspects of medical transcription. Students learn the types of drugs and their side effects. In Medical Transcription, students learn the legal aspects of medical transcription and practice transcribing medical records. This course requires students to place value on speed, difficulty, complexity, and accuracy within major medical specialties. 

Students who are interested in pursuing the Medical Transcriptionist Diploma program through Penn Foster may apply online by filling out an online application found on the Penn Foster website.

Program Overview:

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    100% Online
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Students will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows Vista® or later, 2.6 GHz processor (minimum), 1 GB available hard drive space and 2 GB of RAM. Students will also need high-speed Internet, Microsoft® Office 2010, and an email account to enroll in this program. Note: Windows® XP is not supported.

Accreditation & Licensing

Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.



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