Available at Kaplan University Online:AAS in Medical Transcription
The objective of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Transcription program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue an entry-level position as a medical transcriptionist. Students are trained to transcribe and edit medical dictations with accuracy, consistency, and timeliness while upholding the privacy and security of the health care data. Students may acquire proficiency in grammar, punctuation, medical terminology, and editing. Maintaining the integrity of the transcribed document and applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct are also stressed.
The program includes a simulated practicum experience designed to prepare students for work in the medical transcription field.
The program provides a broad education and, if the student pursues Registered Medical Transcriptionist certification, may allow the graduate to advance faster in the workplace. After completion of the program and following eligibility requirements set by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, students may be eligible to take the Registered Medical Transcriptionist examination. While the courses in the program may provide the knowledge necessary to sit for this exam, Kaplan University cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take this exam or become certified. A student’s eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of this Catalog for further guidance.
Graduates of this program may pursue work in hospitals, offices, or other health care organizations. Duties may include transcribing dictation, utilizing medical terminology, editing and revising documents, and interpreting and transcribing a variety of medical reports. Some medical transcriptionists start their own businesses and work at home.
This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in the field, or for jobs in related fields, the specific job titles of which may not be represented in the program title. Although Kaplan University will assist students with job placement, finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student. The University does not guarantee that any student will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all.
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Transcription program consists of a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded an associate of applied science degree.