Penn Foster offers a Medical Transcriptionist Diploma. Students begin by receiving an introduction to health care, and learning the role medical transcriptionists play in the medical field. In the 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 structure and proper grammar and spelling. In an Introduction to Medical Terminology, students cover the body systems and the terms used to describe them.
In Introduction to Basic Pharmacology, 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.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score