SST853 - Medical Transcription III

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-13 15:28:32.931
Last review date 2018-07-13 15:28:32.932

Subject Title
Medical Transcription III

Subject Description
Students further develop terminology and transcription skills learned in SST831, SST851 (formerly MMT332)and SST852 (formerly SST834) by studying at an advanced level the anatomy and physiology of body systems, pharmacology, radiology, lab procedures, surgery, obstetrics/gynaecology, neurosurgery and x-ray reports.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Medical Transcriptionist Specialist Certificate offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Apply advanced medical vocabulary through word study;

2. Accurately spell medical and English vocabulary;

3. Accurately apply rules of punctuation;

4. Be proficient in editing;

5. Accurately transcribe complex medical reports and/or physical consultation letters, discharge summaries, history and physical and operative reports;

6. Accurately transcribe from actual complex physician dictation admission histories, consultations, operative reports, final summaries and x-ray reports;

7. Accurately proof read and correct keyed material;

8. Identify and apply the correct medical terminology associated with the above reports for radiology, general medicine, cardiology, obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatrics, and general surgery, autopsy, pathology, psychiatry, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and neurology;

9. Accurately use new medical vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation skills;

10. Accurately use laboratory values and abbreviations of same;

11. Accurately use both American and Canadian spelling formats of medical terminology;

12. Know the importance of records, patient confidentiality, professional integrity and hospital accreditation;

13. Know the different formatting that hospitals use for their reports.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

SST851 - Medical  Transcription I (formerly MMT332) and SST852 -  Medical Transcription II (formerly SST834).

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and subject prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Subject content and your professor's teaching assumes that students are academically prepared and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or advance standing for the prerequisite subject) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate subject with the risk of academic/financial penalty. It is your responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student's class.  

Topic Outline
The order of the  topics is at the discretion of the professor.  The content of one module does not  have to be completed before another module is started, nor do the modules have to be taught in the order listed.  Rather by the end of the subject all the topics will have been covered.

Case Histories from Hillcrest  (cases 6-10) including: 

  • Nervous System
  • Digestive System
  • Endocrine System
  • Lymphatic System
  • Respiratory System

Additional transcription will be available for students if they have completed the assigned work. 

During the semester students will be given a Medical Language refresher on the following topics if time permits and transcription is up to date: 
  • Nervous
  • Respiratory
  • Update on medical reports, re punctuation, transcription and any other changes pertaining to medical transcription
  • Endocrine

  • Spelling test each week
  • Medical terminology chapters assigned from Language of Medicine
  • Placement of students for one day  Practicum discussed with advice regarding Practicum. 
  • Brief discussion of role of medical transcriptionist in the Health Records Department as a prelude to Medical Transcription/Health Records Theory. 
  • Students will be given hand-outs pertaining to medical terminology, English grammar, job placement, etc. 

Mode of Instruction

  • Students learn through classroom lectures, hands-on actual transcription of machine dictation during classroom hours only, and homework assignments in word study and spelling. 
  • There are word study and spelling which are completed prior to the transcription of each transcription tape. 
  • Students are allowed to draft the medical transcribed reports. 

Blended Models of delivery may also be available. 

Prescribed Texts
Hillcrest Medical Centre Beginning Medical Transcription Course. Latest Edition. Mary Ann and Patricia A. Ireland. Delmar Publishers

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized, correctly formatted and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.

Please Note

  • Assignments, tests and the final examination are evaluated on subject knowledge as well as correct language usage, organization, and mastery of the subject. 
  • In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the workplace, marks are deducted, in accordance with departmental policy, for language errors on all tests, assignments and exams. (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence, and paragraph structure, etc.) 

  • The student must retain a copy of all assignments.
  • If assignments are handed in late without sufficient medical or other reason, which must be documented and approved, two marks per day will be deducted for each day the assignment is late up to a maximum of 10 marks in total. 
  • Assignments will not be accepted after the return of graded assignments to the class and/or the provision to the class of the answers to the assignment.
  • Written assignments must be word processed. At the professor’s discretion, assignments that are not word processed, may be subject to mark deduction or not accepted. 
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor within one week. If your reason is accepted, the weighting of that test will be added to that of the final exam. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.
  • Progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of the assignment requirements may be explained in class.

Final Exam/ Final Assignment
  • Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

Field Placement Requirements

Students who do not successfully complete all professional subjects may not be eligible for placement. 

Academic Honesty

Students at Seneca College are expected to be honest and forthright in their academic endeavours. When students cheat on an examination, steal the words or ideas of another, or falsify their research results, it corrupts the learning process. A Seneca College degree, diploma or certificate signifies to society mastery of a set of defined learning outcomes in a designated field of study. If academic credit is obtained dishonestly, the value of every graduate's diploma in the field of study is diminished, as is the reputation of the college as a whole.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

The penalty for a first offence is a grade of '0' on the assignment or examination. The penalty for the second offence is expulsion for a time period determined by the Academic Honesty Committee, normally for a minimum of three semesters.
For further information refer to the policies section of the Seneca College student handbook, or to the following website:

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

In class transcription assignments 10%
Case Study assignment 10%
Five vocabulary tests 2% each 10%
Mid-Term test 30%
Final Exam 40%

Materials permitted into tests and exams are at the discretion of the instructor.

In order to satisfy medical office standards, the grading of all transcribed documents will be as follows: 

Transcription Exam Marking

5 mark deduction for major errors 
  • incorrect grammar, spelling and proof reading
  • transcription errors (change in meaning or intent)
  • not following verbal or written instructions

2 mark deduction for minor errors 
  • transcription error (does not alter meaning or intent)
  • incorrect capitalization, word division, or hyphenation
  • style and format errors
  • punctuation errors

Final Examination
  1. One printout of each document is allowed. 
  2. Printing is removed from the printer by the faculty member present. 
  3. Students can examine and proof read their printing AFTER they have completed the exam and have submitted their disks. 
  4. If the error is not a feature function being tested, and if it is clearly noted by the student on the hard copy, no  marks will be deducted. (maximum 3 errors). The faculty member will determine the penalty for errors in usage of software functions.


Approved by: Sandra Noble