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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Healthcare Documentation/Transcription ATD

Healthcare Documentation/Transcription ATD (B530 - Credit)

Type of Award
ATD - Applied Technology Diploma

Program Website

Program Description
This applied technology diploma program prepares the student for employment as a health care documentation specialist/medical transcriptionist (HDS/MT). HDS/MTs are specialists in medical language and health care documentation. They interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other health care professionals regarding patient assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnoses, prognoses, etc. The HDS/MT also edits detailed medical reports generated by Speech-Recognition Technology (SRT) software, editing medical content, English, grammar and punctuation as necessary.

Course content is comprehensive to serve the student with no previous medical background or experience. It includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health information management as well as computer proficiency, employing a state-of-the-art training program and techniques utilizing authentic physician-generated dictation as well as SRT-generated text.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements

Note: a minimum typing speed of 45 words per minute, after errors, is required. When you are ready to begin the core courses, see program website for typing test instructions.

Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of "C" or higher.

Program Length
Total program credits: 33

This program is offered at the Lake Worth campus, but will move to the new Loxahatchee Groves campus. All core courses are currently offered 100 percent online as well as select prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses depending on specific semester offerings.

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Employment Opportunities
HDS/MTs work in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, transcription services, insurance companies, home health care agencies and other locations where dictation for the purpose of health care documentation requires transcription. Most HDS/MTs work from their homes as independent contractors, subcontractors, or home-based employees who enjoy the full benefits of their employer, including medical benefits, paid time off, 401K, etc.

Medical transcription/editing is the only completely mobile health care occupation available today!

Career Path Notes
Students who complete this program are eligible to sit for the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) (formerly Registered Medical Transcription RMT) certification examination, developed to assure employers that successful candidates are qualified to practice as an HDS/MT.

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