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Medical Transcription


Medical transcription programs prepare people to type reports from audio files recorded by doctors.

Medical transcription programs include topics such as:


Several career and technical schools as well as a few community colleges and two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in medical transcription. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A certificate program in medical transcription typically requires that you study courses such as the following:

Medical transcription programs that take 18 months or two years generally include supervised work experience.

Things to Know

Students who complete this program may qualify to take a national certification exam. You need to take classes from time to time to maintain your certification. This is a good practice even if you are not certified, since office technology and medical knowledge change constantly.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College (Clarkston)

King-Snohomish Area

Everett Community College

West Side Area

Centralia College