Any additional information will be greatly appriecated.
Penn Foster has Medical Transcription as a course. They even help you find a job after you complete the course.
M-TEC http://www.mtecinc.com/ is supposed to be a highly recognized school in the field. They also have an excellent placement rate for employment after training.
A woman told me about this school in one of the Y! groups I'm in. She said that a job interviewer actually told her that they prefer to hire M-TEC graduates because they're trained so thoroughly. She works at home as a medical transcriptionist. Hope this helps!
I guess it depends on your area. I have a friend that works successfully at home in this field and she said most places in our area will only hire someone to work at home after they have proven themselves on the job first.
But I'm sure not all places are like that.
The smartest thing to do is to find some schools, like the one mentioned, and then call some hospitals and dr. offices that hire transcriptionists and ask some questions before committing to enrolling. That way if you find 4 out of 5 hospitals say "we do not hire at home transcriptionist with under five years of on the job experience, then at least you will know what you are up against.
Well, yes, you can.
I would recommend against it in your case for two reasons.
First, medical transcription as a profession is getting outsourced. If you can do the job electronically from Kansas, someone else can do it from Singapore just as conveniently--and the person in Singapore will do it cheaper. So even if you get a job like that, you'll be paid third-world wages.
Second, online education requires that the student be very computer-savvy. You've posted a higher education question in the homeschooling forum; that indicates that you lack the skill to navigate websites like an expert--and you'll probably fail at online stuff.
I'd counsel you to visit a nearby community college and ask them for career counseling. You need face-to-face help from an expert who can guide you to a better future.
I work as an MT. My course was online and, yes, I do work from home. I started work as an MT less than a week after graduating! I love it! So, yes, it is possible!
Most employers require experience or participation in one of the top AAMT approved schools. If your looking into Medical Transcription pay the extra in tuition to attend an 'approved' school. Many people have received training through inadequate programs only to find out that they are unable to find a job. Check out: http://www.mteducationonline.c... It is an affiliate site for Career Step. I attended Career Step and recieved a job (at-home) less than a week after graduating. The top 3 schools are Career Step, Andrews, and M-Tec. I chose Career Step because they are about half the price of the other courses and self-paced. I also called many MT employers, asking them how to get started in the field, and was told "Career Step". There are other reasons why I chose Career Step over the other courses, so send me a private message if you want more info. Career Step is an AAMT (American Association for Medical Transcription) approved program and they are partnered with many of the major MT employers. In other words, their graduates get the jobs. Many companies require 2-3 years experience, however, a lot of these companies will waive this requirement if you graduate from the right school.
Attending your local community college will give you a good chance at a job in-house, but if you are wanting to work from home, an online 'approved' course is the way to go.
They do offer financial aid and payment plans. :)
Responses to incorrect answers you have received:
1) NO, I never had to go down to an office for a test or an interview. All of my schooling, hiring, and working process have been done online or by phone.
2) It is true that MT is being outsourced, along with many other professions. However, there is still a tremendous need for well-qualified AMERICAN MTs. Many physicians refuse to outsource. Others are finding the quality of the work to be very poor and are chosing to bring the work back to the US. I, personally, am not worried about my career as an American MT.
3) It doesn't depend on your area, unless you plan on finding your own clients in your specific area. I live in Nevada and my main account is in New Jersey.
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