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Medical Transcriptionist

This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment as a Medical Transcriptionist in a variety of health care environments or their own home-based businesses.

Program Status:
Accepting applications Next intake September 2017

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 8 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

Students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to transcribe medical reports, communicate effectively with members of the medical profession, and demonstrate computer skills and keyboarding proficiency.

Upon completion of the Medical Transcriptionist (MT) Certificate Program, graduates will be able to:

  • Accurately and efficiently transcribe medical reports.
  • Effectively use hard and electronic resources to perform medical transcription duties.
  • Demonstrate excellent proofreading and editing skills.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written English communication skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills.
  • Operate medical transcription equipment and relevant software.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer and keyboarding skills.
  • Display confidence, initiative and critical thinking while performing transcription duties.
  • Maintain high professional standards of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Work effectively as team members.

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The program is divided into two terms of integrated training. The theory component is delivered through lectures, lab, seminars, group work, demonstrations and student presentations. Students apply the theory component through case simulations, exercises, role practice and practicum experiences.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Courses are based on written exams, quizzes group work and assignments. Practicum performance is assessed by feedback from practicum staff and instructor observations.

Adult learners have a responsibility to prepare themselves to meet the program goals. To achieve the highest level of success, students are required to attend all classes and participate in all course activities.

Students must pass the first level of a course in order to proceed to the second level of a course. Students must pass all Term 1 courses in order to proceed to Term 2. Students must pass all other courses in order to take the Practicum course. Students must pass the Practicum course in order to receive a VCC certificate.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  • English 12 with a B or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of a 5 minute keyboarding test with a typing speed of 25 gross words per minute with five errors or less using the touch-typing method (using the appropriate fingers for each key on the keyboard and not looking at your fingers as you type).

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Available for the following courses:

See course outlines for more information.


Recommended Characteristics:


  • Ability to deal with colleagues and staff in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Personal hygiene, grooming and appearance acceptable to a medical environment
  • High standard of honesty, integrity, and professionalism
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Good hearing and vision in order to be able to interpret medical dictation
  • Ability to remain seated for the majority of a working day
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, patience, and ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent command of English grammar and punctuation
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Basic computer literacy

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,803.52
Student Union Fee $59.54
College Initiative Fee $80.57
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146.04
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146.04
U-Pass Fee $316
Other Costs
$22.22 - Graduation Fees
$112.14 - Campus Resource Fee
$700 - Approximate Textbooks & Supplies
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Term 1

(MEDC 1120) Medical Terminology for MT 1
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2.5 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1121) Medical Speed and Accuracy 1
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1130) Medical Terminology for MT 2
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2.5 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1131) Medical Speed and Accuracy for MT 2
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1132) Human Relation Skills
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1.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1133) Electronic File Management
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1134) Medical Transcription for MT
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3.0 credits  course outline


Term 2

(MEDC 1212) History and Physical Reports
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1213) Diagnostic Imaging Reports
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1215) Discharge Summaries
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1216) Oncology Reports
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1.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1219) Pathology Reports
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1220) Practicum
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1241) Medical Speed and Accuracy 3
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1242) General Surgery Reports
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2.0 credits  course outline
(MEDC 1246) Specialized Operative Reports
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2.0 credits  course outline