A transcription job is one of the most popular ways to make a living from home. But what a lot of people do not know is that there are three types of transcription jobs – and one of them is medical transcription. Working as a medical transcriber is not only financially fulfilling but it is rewarding as well.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind whenever you hear the word transcription?
Perhaps, just like a lot of people out there, you also know transcription as the process of converting an audio or video file into a written document. While that is true, most of us are not aware that transcription is not just about typing down spoken words in an audio file. There’s actually more to it.
Yes, I am particularly referring to medical transcription.
Medical transcription is an associated health profession that deals with converting a voice-recorded medical report coming from doctors, nurses, and/or other health professionals into a written text document. A medical transcript is then used as part of a patient’s medical record. Apart from that, medical reports could also mean notes from a medical-related lecture, speeches of health professionals, and other audio or video materials.
Becoming a medical transcriber is not just about being able to transcribe an audio file, but it is also about being responsible for ensuring that all medical reports are converted accurately. Otherwise, it might cause future issues.
Unlike in the past, a medical transcriber usually works physically in the hospital, clinic, doctor’s office or any health care provider. Thanks to technological advances, the medical transcriptionist can now work from home as well.
There is so much to love about working as a medical transcriber from home. First and foremost, there the flexibility, which allows you to work anytime and anywhere you want for as long as you are able to deliver the transcript on time.
Work from home medical transcription is one of the most ideal jobs not only for individuals who wanted to work from home, but also to stay at home moms who would want to make a living while taking care of their kids. As we mentioned earlier, becoming a medical transcriber is rewarding not only financially but in all aspect. It’s like being able to help someone else by ensuring that all records are correct and complete.
But how does one become a medical transcriber? What are the requirements to be one? What about the job description? Apart from typing down spoken words, what else is expected from a medical transcriber? How much does a medical transcriber make? And do much more! Well, hang in there because we are going to tackle all those questions – We are answering them one by one.
Are you ready? Well, then, let us begin.
Medical Transcriber: Job Description
Earlier we already defined what medical transcription is. We stated that it refers to the process of transcribing medical reports from doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners.
As a medical transcriber, your primary job is to convert all medical-related audio or video files. It could be a medical report form health professionals, speeches, lectures, etc. You have to ensure that all words spoken on the file are written in verbatim.
Now, apart from that, in some cases the client requires a clean copy of the transcript, which means you need to edit the document and take out all unnecessary expressions, as well as ensure that it is free from any grammatical, punctuation, as well as formatting errors.
Your job as a medical transcriber is very important especially since the written form of a medical report is considered as part of a patient’s medical record. It will be used for future reference – when the need arises.
The number of files you will transcribe depends on the client’s requirements or in some (if not most) cases, it depends on you. Yes, you! Most transcription companies offers flexibility not only with the work schedule but also on how much work you want to do in a day. Ideally though, the more you work on, the better – because that means the more money you get to earn.
Process of Becoming a Medical Transcriber
Unlike general transcription or legal transcription, becoming a medical transcriptionist can be quite challenging – for a couple of reasons, which we are going to tackle below
- To be a medical transcriber, you must complete your education and/or training.
Yes, one of the most important requirements to become a medical transcriber is to earn your high school diploma or General Education Development (GED). In most states, you need to be at least sixteen years old to be able to take the GED.
- To be a medical transcriber, you must work on your typing speed.
Your job as a medical transcriber requires listening to doctor’s dictation and transcribing that information into a written format. In order to do so, you will need to be able to keep up a good typing speed.
The required words per minute depends on the company or client you are working for. Some may require 30 words per minute, while others may prefer those who type 75 words per minute. On average though, most companies require at least being able to write 45 words per minute. Remember though, that how fast you type is not the only thing that matters – you also need to make sure you transcribe accurately as well.
We suggest if you are really serious about becoming a medical transcriber, to practice a lot. There are several websites out there that allow you to test your typing speed for free. Spend some time in a day to practice and hone your typing skills. With determination and regular practice, you will surely be able to meet the wpm requirement.
- To be a medical transcriber, you must earn an associate degree or certificate in medical transcription.
Most medical transcription companies though require a college or university degree related to the medical field to be accepted for the job. Otherwise, you must be able to take and pass the medical transcription certification program. There are a lot of institutions that offer medical transcription certification programs out there. In fact, some of them you can take online, which means no need to go elsewhere but home.
Just so you know, an associate degree or certificate program is required because you have to be knowledgeable or familiar with medical terminologies, which is a very huge part of the job. Apart from that, having both or either of the two is a great advantage among other job competitors.
To check on the list of approved medical transcription programs, you may head on to the website of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.
- To be a successful medical transcriber, you must earn your credentials.
Although this is not necessary, we suggest you work on this as this will help you earn more as a medical transcriptionist. Also, it will give you a competitive edge in the job market.
Now, there are two certifications available to choose from. These are: Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) and Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS). The former type of certification is open to medical transcribers who are just starting out their medical transcription careers, while the latter one is for the more experienced ones as it requires at least two years of work experience to be able to earn it.
Both RHDS and CDHS are offered through the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity or AHDI. These tests are offered in different centers all throughout the United States. It is also available online if you want to.
To give you an idea, the RHDS test will assess your basic knowledge about medical terminology, and your language capabilities such as your grammar and punctuation skills. Meanwhile, CHDS will check on your advanced knowledge of medical terminology, and your ability to make use of professional reference materials.
- To be a medical transcriber, you must meet the technical requirements too.
Apart from the educational background, your knowledge about medical terms, as well as certifications on medical transcriptions, you must also meet the technical requirements for the job in order to be considered and be successful in this field.
Don’t worry, the requirements are very basic. These are:
- Laptop or desktop computer
- High-speed internet connection
- Good quality headset
- Foot Pedal
- Transcription software
The last two are optional. Although we highly recommend having a foot pedal to make your transcription job a breeze. As with the software, it is a client to client basis. Some would prefer having one and there are cases when the client provides the software, while others do not mind at all (Microsoft Words is enough).
Although we are tackling work from home medical transcription, just so you know you can also physical work in a hospital, clinic, or at a physician’s office. You can also opt to work in a third-party transcription service office.
Now, compared to these two, working from home is probably the most ideal of all as it allows you to work anytime you want and anywhere you want as well.
However, since you are working from the comfort of your home, that means you will need to invest in a few equipments like a laptop computer, internet connection, foot pedal, as well as transcription software if necessary. While it may look like a little pricey investing on these, it will eventually worth it once you start earning.
Earning of a Medical Transcriber
Based on the data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay rate of a medical transcriber is around $30,000 a year. Compared to doing general and legal transcription jobs, medical transcription pays more. No wonder why more and more transcriptionists aim to becoming one.
However, just like general and legal transcription, how much you make as a medical transcriptionist also depends on the number of transcripts you are able to produce on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis. It’s basically the more work you do, the bigger your earnings will be.
Companies that Offer Medical Transcription Jobs
There are a lot of companies out there that offer medical transcription jobs. But since we cannot list down everything in here, we only chose some of them, and these are:
GMR Transcription – GMR Transcription hires medical transcribers. In order to be one though – regardless if you have or have no work experience, you must pass the company’s grammar and typing tests. However, please note that GMR only hires medical transcribers from the United States and Canada. So, yes, you must be a resident of either of the two to qualify for the job.
M Modal – M Modal is one of the popular companies online that offers medical transcription jobs. What we like about the company is that it also hires newbie transcriptionists. They also hire AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity) certified regardless of experience. Apart from medical transcription, the company also offers legal transcription and payment is on by the line method.
Net Transcripts – For you to be able to land a medical transcription job with Net Transcripts, you must first be a US citizen, must be able to type at least 80 words per minute, and must possess excellent grammar skills. Although the company prefers hiring experienced medical transcribers, they will also accept those who are new to this industry as long as you meet the 80 words per minute requirements, plus if you pass the basic test. By the way, apart from medical transcription, the company also hires legal and law enforcement transcribers.
StenTel – To get into StenTel, you must first fill out a questionnaire and submit it after. The company usually gauge your ability based on your answers on the questionnaire. If they feel like you are a good fit for the company, they will surely contact you on the contact information you have provided them. By the way, they also require previous job experience for their transcription posts. Please note that most of StenTel’s medical transcription tasks revolve around health insurance claims.
UbiQus – Regardless if you have previous transcription experience or not, you are welcome to apply at UbiQus. Yes, they do hire both inexperienced and experienced transcriptionists. But, you must meet their requirements to get in — like being able to type at least 70 words per minute, as well as passing the typing test. Apart from medical transcription, the company also offers general and legal transcription jobs.
Verilogue – Verilogue is probably one of the most popular transcription companies especially within the work from home workers’ communities. The company offers transcription jobs to independent contractors who are fluent in not just one but two or more languages, as well as having at least 2 years of experience in medical transcription.
Amphion Transcription – Getting in at Amphion Transcription can be quite tricky. Imagine, you will need to go through and pass the company’s 2-hour test. Apart from that, you also need to have acquired at least 2 years of experience in transcription, and must also be able to meet the company’s equipment and computer requirements. Note that all works will be done via computer. Thus the need for strict compliance.
Eight Crossings – If you have at least two years of work experience as medical transcriptionist, or have recently graduated from a medical transcription certificate training program, then you qualify to get into a medical transcription post at Eight Crossings. Eight Crossings is also a well-known transcription company that offers work from home medical transcription stints.
Absolute Transcription – Absolute Transcription started its operations in 1999. The company is known for providing medical transcription jobs for two decades now. To qualify for the job, you must have at least 3 years of work experience as a medical transcriber and must also pass the company’s qualifying test. Also, you must be willing to and able to meet a 24-hour turnaround if you want to land in a work from home medical transcription job with Abdolute.
Nuance Transcription – Nuance Transcription hires medical transcribers with at least one year medical transcription job experience in an acute-care type of environment, which include physicals and discharge notes. Of course, you must also take and pass a test to get into the job.
NThrive – Last on our list is NThrive. The company was formerly known as Precyse, but has since changed their name. To get into a medical transcriber job, you must have a minimum of 3 years of work experience as a medical transcriptionist, and must also be knowledgeable in all areas of medicine. What we like in particular about this company is that they offer training for their transcriptionists.
So, there you go. We have listed down eleven companies that offers medical transcription job opportunities. As we said earlier, there are actually a lot of companies online that offer work from home medical transcription job.
If you are looking at becoming a medical transcriber, we hope that we were able to impart some knowledge and information on how to become one, as well as ideas on where to apply – what companies hire newbies in medical transcription.
Anyway, good luck in your endeavor. We hope you find a work from home medical transcription job soon!