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 is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score