Medical Transcriptionist Specialist

Seneca College Certificate


Overview

The medical and allied health fields represent a significant area of employment for graduates of Seneca College's Medical Program Certificates. The programs are designed to meet the training needs of:

  • students who wish an entry level position in a hospital,
  • those presently working in hospitals or physicians' offices wishing to upgrade their skills and /or position through certification,
  • general secretaries who wish to specialize in the medical field, or
  • those wishing to establish their own transcription business after establishing their credibility with a hospital.

Students learn how to effectively use verbal and written communication skills when dealing with the public and/or hospital personnel; the importance of personal appearance and proper telephone techniques; coping mechanisms for handling stress associated with their position; how our Canadian cultural mosaic plays an integral part in effective health care of patients and their families; understanding the handling of patient/family confidentiality and medical ethics; medical terminology including anatomy, pharmacology and laboratory terms; standard medical office procedure skills as well as keyboarding and word processing skills.

Certificate requirements are updated from time to time to meet changes in the workplace so that the skills of our graduates are on the "leading edge" providing them with the flexibility to work in a variety of medical environments.

Students must apply to graduate after completion of each certificate. Certificates cannot be awarded retroactively. Students must choose to graduate from either the Medical Transcriptionist Specialist Certificate or the Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate.

Entry Requirements

Determined through an English Assessment, students must be assessed at a minimum placement of ESL934.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor 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 Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

Certificate Requirements

PRC127
Writing Grammatically
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Prerequisite(s):

ESL934 (or equivalent) and/or permission of the coordinator

Students learn the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. The course begins with a review of sentence parts, followed by an in-depth explanation of sentence structure, and culminates in a practical review of stylistic conventions in business and professional writing.




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KIP103
Office I: Keyboard,Information Processing-Word
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Corequisite(s):

PRC127 (can be taken with KIP103).

Students will acquire skills using a variety of operations found in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and develop keyboarding skills (min. 35 wpm), through hands-on experience and assignments.




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LEG303
Communication I
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In this course, students develop their knowledge of contemporary English grammar standards and organizational writing patterns, which together create a strong foundation for organizing and writing tasks in subsequent communication courses.




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MDR100
Medical Terminology
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Medical terminology will assist students in developing the language required to communicate effectively in a medical setting. Word structure, diagnostic procedures and pharmacology as well as common medical terminology related to twelve body systems will be studied. You must achieve a grade of 65% to pass this course.




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AIP203
Office II: Information Processing/Word II
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Prerequisite(s):

KIP103, PRC127

This course will familiarize students with the applications contained in the Microsoft Office Professional or Academic or University Edition of Microsoft Office 2016 covering Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.




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OCA103
Office III: Word III/Power Point
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Prerequisite(s):

PRC127, LEG303 and AIP203

Students learn to use MS PowerPoint for Windows using its pull-down menus, toolbars and dialogue boxes. PowerPoint as a presentation program allows students to create colourful graphics and text slides along with reports for your projects.




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SST851
Medical Transcription I
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Prerequisite(s):

MDR100, PRC127 and AIP203

Learn concepts and standards of style and format of medical reports and basic grammar rules in medical documentation. Prepare for medical transcription by applying industry standards, as set by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and presented in the Book of Style, third edition. The course introduces information not encountered outside of healthcare documentation.




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SST836
Health/Medical Records Theory
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This course is designed for individuals working or interested in working in the health care field: ward/unit clerks; volunteers; medical secretaries or administrative assistants; and medical insurance adjusters. Topics include addressing the changes in health care such as interpretation of The Health Act; multiculturalism; role of the District Health Council; the new Rights of Access to health information; what to expect in the future with respect to changes that impact on patient care, mandatory legislation re consent to treatment; Advocacy Acts; ethics and the law, and how they impact health care workers.




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OCA303
Office IV: Excel
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Prerequisite(s):

Office Computer Applications I (OCA103)

Students learn to use Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets in order to analyze data and make more informed business decisions. Students will discover how to; create, edit, format and print workbooks; use mathematical formulas and functions; create and format charts and shapes; insert images; cut, copy and paste data.

The course is designed to help prepare students to write the MOS Certification exam for Excel 2013 (MOS Exam 77-420) or Excel 2016 (MOS Exam 77-727).

Students will also have the opportunity to earn MyITLab Microsoft Office Badges, which demonstrate achievement of skills in Excel.




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OCA403
Office V: Access
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Prerequisite(s):

Office IV: Excel (OCA303)

Microsoft Access is a computerized database that allows you to manipulate, link, chart, query and report your data to customize the information you need. You will learn to use Microsoft Access 2016 to create databases, view, format, manage and modify data tables and fields. You will learn to create forms, queries, reports and explore data relationships using its pull-down menus, toolbars and dialog boxes. Microsoft certified courseware publication is used to present the software features in a well-illustrated graphic format to prepare students to complete the appropriate Microsoft Certification exam #77-730 for students who wish to write the MOS (Microsoft Office Certification).

Students can identify Access Skills to potential employers by successfully completing the course capstone project to earn a skills badge.




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SST852
Medical Transcription II
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Prerequisite(s):

SST851

This course will enhance the learning achieved in previous and prerequisite courses for medical transcription that students need to enter the field with confidence. Students will experience a practical and effective approach, with follow-up questions in each chapter to promote class discussion and exercises designed to reinforce concepts and procedures. Students will have a conceptual and practical understanding of general medical terms and various medical specialties in a way that is easy to remember. Detailed transcription tips throughout the course will offer useful information and hints, and there is a CD-ROM that includes 10 hours of actual dictation, sample reports, and other data needed to prepare the documents discussed in the text.




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SST838
Medical Terminology II
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Prerequisite(s):

MDR100

This course continues on from MDR100, completing the major body systems through 45 hours of instructional time plus a minimum of 6-8 hours of homework per week.




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SST853
Medical Transcription III
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Prerequisite(s):

SST851 - Medical Transcription I (formerly MMT 332) and SST852 - Medical Transcription II (formerly SST 834).

This is a beginning medical transcription course designed to provide students with a working knowledge of transcription of medical reports. Transcription is taking the spoken word and turning it into a written document. Case studies are provided so that the student will gain knowledge in the transcribing of various medical reports. Medical reports will be transcribed from ten individual case studies, each of which concerns an inpatient with a specific medical problem. There are between four and eight reports within each case study. Students will be involved in the care of the patient from the date of admission through the date of discharge.




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The above program requires students to demonstrate a keyboarding net speed of 45 nwpm in order to graduate. Students can register in KIP010 to improve their speed or practice on their own and take PRE022 to record their speed.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Pathways

Medical Office Pathways

Medical Office Pathways

Schedule

Subject Code

Term

             Winter         

Spring/Summer     

            Fall                    

SST051

Y

Y

Y

KIP103

Y

Y

Y

OLS101

Y

Y

Y

SST831

Y

Y

Y

AIP203

Y

Y

Y

OCA103

Y

Y

Y

SST851

Y

Y

Y

SST836

Y

Y

Y

SST821

Y

 

Y

SST822

Y

Y

Y

OCA303

Y

Y

 

OCA403

   

Y

SST852

Y

Y

Y

SST853

Y

Y

Y

SST838

Y

Y

Y

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.





Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant

416-491-5050 ext.22512


Norma Columbus
Program Coordinator

416-491-5050 ext.22847