Anyone a medical transcriptionist?

Chantel - posted on 07/25/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm thinking of taking an online course for medical transcription but don't want to waste my money. My question is: Is it worth it? Were you able to get a job? Possibly work from home? Any advice would be great!

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Cidalia - posted on 07/28/2009

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I took a course with M-Tec (Medical Transcription Education Center). It was an excellent program (one of the top 3 distance ed schools for transcription), but it was not worth it for me. I was just not making enough money for all the effort I was putting into it (and I was a top student with a GPA of 96%). Several of my former colleagues are also no longer in the business. And forget trying to get a decent amount done with kids at home. You have to wear headphones and really focus to do the job (especially with doctors who speed talk or mumble, poor quality recordings at times, etc.). The rates for MTs have stagnated (and I've heard have even gone down over the years) thanks in no small part to offshoring of transcription work to countries like India and the Philippines. Was not worth it. No offense to Tara... she is in a good program, but she hasn't actually started working in the transcription business... it's a whole other world out there.

Tara - posted on 07/26/2009

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I'm taking the online course through Canscribe (CareerStep in the US) and have found the course to be worth it, plus it has a practicum and help finding work in the field. I would definitely recommend looking at the various schools that do the training (CareerStep /Canscribe is one that is recommended by the ADHI which is the professional association for transcriptionists). From what I can tell from my research, it is possible to work from home and they give you a lot of assistance finding work - the program I'm taking has around a 90-95% hire rate for its grads. I know that with my course, they have even said they will work the practicum around my due date (I'm 31 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child), so that to me is a good sign. Also, depending on your area, you may be able to get sponsorship or grants to pay for the course - that's how I paid for mine - I went through a retraining program through Employment Insurance Skills Benefit (in Canada).

Good luck with your research :)

Britttany - posted on 11/07/2011

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I've actually been really thinking about training to become a MT but after reading everyones opinion I dont know if its such a great idea.

Becky - posted on 07/27/2009

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I worked in a couple of doctor's offices doing transcription and then tried to start a business out of my home. I sent mailings out to doctor's offices in my area but the doctors in this area just were not in the practice of sending dictation out of the office. A doctor moved to our area from Montana and she wanted to find an in home transcriptionist so I worked for her for a year or two. There wasn't a lot of money in it though.

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Chantel - posted on 07/28/2009

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Thanks so much everyone!! I don't think I will spend all that money to get nowhere!! Too bad though:(

Minnie - posted on 07/27/2009

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Yep, I considered career step and stratford career institute. Went with stratford because it was a lot cheaper...should have considered why methinks now, lol.

Tara - posted on 07/27/2009

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That's what I liked about the Canscribe/CareerStep program, it does offer a job practicum and help with job placement, so you have a really good chance of getting work. Plus some companies (like MedQuist and Accentus) will sometimes waive their experience requirements for Canscribe/CareerStep grads. Nightingale (another transcription company) apparently will waive their 5 year experience requirement for Canscribe/CareerStep grads. It's basically just something you have to decide on for yourself, but definitely check into what the companies say and whether there is a practicum and work placement assistance. I think that any course, regardless of what it is, should have practicum and work placement options because that gives you a better shot at a job :)

Noemi - posted on 07/27/2009

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i took up a medical transcription course too with the hope of working from home. from my experience everything is plain hype. it's very difficult to get a job or project on your own. so, unless the online course provider guarantees job placements or will definitely assist you to get projects to get started, then it definitely will not be worth it.

Minnie - posted on 07/27/2009

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Ugh...I am technically one...but never had a job! Went with Stratford Career Institute. They don't aid in job placement at all. I went with a medical transcription certification because of all of the lovely advertisements out there "Stay at home moms, work from home!!" What you don't know at the time is that no one wants to hire a MT without in-office experience of at least a year. So yeah, eventually you can get to do your transcription at home, but first you need to leave your kiddoes for a year to get that wanted experience.



So, my experience has been - not worth it if you expect to work from home off the bat.

Chantel - posted on 07/27/2009

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Thanks Tara:) I will look into Canscribe. I just don't want to take the course and then not be able to find a job. I took a computer course on my mat leave, thinking it would help me get a better job but I have ended up back in a factory:( Hopefully this will work out better.

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