How Can I Determine if an Online Medical Transcription School Is Accredited?

An online medical transcription programs typically get its recognition based on the school's accreditation. That is, if the school's physical campus is properly accredited, its online programs usually are as well. Read on to learn more about accreditation. Schools offering Medical Transcription degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Accreditation Overview

Verifying a school or specific program's accreditation helps ensure that whatever degree or training you earn will receive proper respect from potential employers. In addition, some fields, like medical transcription, may have professional organizations that offer certification. Earning this certification could make you a more valuable employee, and many of these certification programs require that applicants hold respected degrees.

In the case of medical transcription, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) offers the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) and Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) designations to those who have completed a medical transcription training program and pass its credentialing exams. In addition, the AHDI established the Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (ACCP) to ensure that medical transcription programs seeking its recognition meet a minimum set of standards and are peer reviewed.

Important Facts About Medical Transcription

Common Courses Medical records and the medical transcriptionist, grammar essentials, speech recognition editing, and pharmacology with lab data
Programs Opportunities available for matriculated and non-matriculated individuals
Key Skills Attention to detail, written and spoken English skills, computer and processing skills, and interest in the medical field
Work Environment Hospitals, clinics, or in a home office

Accreditation Verification

Following these steps might make it easier for you to confirm the accreditation of a college or university you're considering attending.

Step One

First, find a school that you might be interested in attending that offers an online medical transcription program of study. Check to determine the school's accreditation. If the school has no information on its site regarding accreditation, then you can assume that it is not properly accredited.

Step Two

Once you have found the name of the accrediting agency for the school on its website, go to the agency's website. Don't click on a link if one is provided. Do an independent search using Google or another search engine. Determine if the agency is presently active. See if the school is listed in a directory of accredited schools on the agency's site.

Step Three

Do an independent check to see if the agency is real. Accrediting agencies in the U.S. should appear on the U.S. Department of Education's (www.ed.gov) list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies or be recognized by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (chea.org).

Step Four

If the school has accreditation information on its site; the agency that the school claims to be accredited by checks out; and the agency is listed on the Department of Education or CHEA website, then the school is properly accredited.

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