Where in Florida Can I Earn a Court Reporting Degree?

Find out which Florida schools offer court reporting degree programs. Learn about these schools' admission requirements and tuition rates to help you make a decision. Schools offering Legal Transcriptionist degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

There are certificate and associate's degree program options of study for court reporting in Florida. This article provides information about the programs of three public colleges in Florida.

What You Need to Know

Many community colleges and technical schools and centers in Florida offer certificate and associate's degree program in court reporting. These programs can last anywhere from 28 months to three years. Courses teach students how to use transcription machines and should also provide them with a basic overview of legal proceedings. In the state of Florida, these programs should prepare graduates to sit for voluntary certification and earn entry-level court reporter positions.

Certificate Programs in Court Reporting in Florida

Atlantic Technical Center

Approved by the NCRA, this program consists of about 2,850 real-time hours and will take you about 28 months to complete. The program is presented in three sections, and you must complete all sections in order to qualify as a court reporter. Completion of the first two sections only qualifies you as a scopist or transcriptionist. A scopist is someone who edits transcriptions. Included in the program are courses in legal and medical terminology, computer-compatible stenograph theory, computer-aided transcription and courtroom procedures.

Once you complete the program, you're eligible to apply for the Florida Ready to Work credential, which attests to the fact that you possess the fundamental skills to get the job done and are ready to work. To earn this credential, you must take a series of assessment tests administered by the Florida Department of Education, which determine your ability and fitness levels. In addition, upon successful completion of the program, you may be able to apply up to 27 credits toward an associate's degree at Broward College.

  • Program Name: Certificate in Court Reporting
  • Program Length: Approximately 28 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,565 (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Assessment test (unless you already hold an associate's degree from an accredited school); online or in-person orientation
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 2,599 students (all undergraduate)

Sheridan Technical College

The NCRA-approved court reporter certificate program at Sheridan Technical Center is an online program. Consisting of 2,850 hours, it should take you about 28 months to complete. Courses include specialized vocabularies pertaining to the medical, legal, industrial and insurance fields, as well as vocabulary used in governmental programs. You'll learn how to differentiate between - and record - multiple voices. You'll also learn about the use of the Phoenix Theory for machine shorthand, as well as Computer-Assisted Realtime Translation (CART) for closed-captioning purposes. You may also have a chance to complete an internship at a school-partnered facility or agency.

  • Program Name: Certificate in Court Reporting
  • Program Length: About 28 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $4,209 (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Orientation, assessment test, interview
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,400 students (all undergraduate)

Associate's Degree Programs in Court Reporting in Florida

Miami Dade College

The program leading to an Associate of Science in Court Reporting degree at Miami Dade College consists of 77 credits, 15 of which are general education requirements. Among the major course requirements are legal and medical terminology, legal and medical transcription, dictation, machine transcription, computer-aided transcription, court procedures and machine shorthand. You'll also be instructed in the Case CATalyst program, which is a realtime translation program in widespread use in the court reporting field. Once you complete your requirements, you may be eligible to sit for the NCRA court reporting examination, with a typing speed of 180-225 words per minute. In addition, Miami Dade College has articulation agreements with all 4-year public and 27 private colleges in Florida, as well as a number of out-of-state schools, which means you may be able to apply credits earned toward a bachelor's degree at one or more of these schools.

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Court Reporting
  • Program Length: 2.5-3 years
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,834 for in-state residents; $9,661 for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Sit for CPT/PERT assessment tests (unless SAT scores are sufficiently high); meet with faculty advisor
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 66,046 students (all undergraduate)

Atlantic Technical Center and Sheridan Technical Center offer certificates in court reporting, while Miami Dade College offers an associate degree program.

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