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What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

Medical Transcriptionists dictate letters, progress notes, pathology reports, history and physical reports, discharge summaries, consultation reports and operative notes by listening to voice recordings of physicians and other health professionals. MT’s interpret and transcribe the terminology and abbreviations given by the health professions to create a permanent file for patients records. MT’s save physicians a great amount of time by being a crucial part of their team.

Typical duties of a Medical Transcriptionist generally include but are not limited to:

  • Transcribing dictation into test results, operative reports, insurance documents, etc.
  • Interpret medical abbreviations and terminology into correct form.
  • Follow guidelines of HIPPA and other legal laws.

What kind of income will I earn?

Income is based on a variety of factors, geographic location, experience, longevity and employer salary bases. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that Medical Transcriptionists can earn between $21,960 and $46,220 a year with an average of $32,900. If you choose full time employment you will qualify for a variety of benefits packages that may be supplied by your employer.

You can be on your way to a new career in as little as 8 months with an education from the Online Division at Mildred Elley.