Taking an online course to become a medical transcriptionist is one of the best ways to get started in this industry. The challenge comes in figuring out which online courses are worth taking, and which should be dropped from consideration. All the schools do their best to sound appealing, but not every school is even close to worth it.
If you want to know which ones are worth it, you need to do a bit of investigating. There are a couple of ways you can find and choose a course.
Signing up for a medical transcriptionist course without doing your research is risky. The internet makes it very easy for someone to set up what looks like a good school when it’s really a one or two person operation, poorly developed training materials, and no record of successfully training students into medical transcriptionists that an employer would hire.
At the same time, there are a number of really great online courses available to medical transcription students. Many of the best medical transcription schools are 100% online. Online courses are great for teaching you how to do the work without direct supervision, and the self paced nature of many online courses means you can fit it into your schedule more easily than classes you have to attend in person.
Employers are a pretty good place to start. If potential employers regularly hire graduates from a particular program, you can pretty well assume they’re doing a good job of teaching. Employers are quick to note when a source of employees is more trouble than it’s worth.
You can also check with the AHDI. You don’t want the school to just be a member of AHDI, you want them to be one of the Approved schools that they list on their website. That means the program has been reviewed in terms of the training in medical transcription it gives. They don’t approve schools easily.
You can look through the resources the school itself makes available to potential students. They will of course make themselves look good, but you can tell a lot about the school’s offerings, such as if a student forum is available, if a payment plan is available, and how much help they’ll give you after graduation to find that first job.
Once you’ve done your research and found a really great medical transcription online course, there’s one more very important thing to remember. You absolutely must remember that the best training course online can do nothing without you. If you aren’t a dedicated, hardworking student, you’re never going to learn the skills you need in order to succeed as a medical transcriptionist.