Customized Training – Medical Transcription

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photo_transcriptionist1The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department (OECDD) asked BMCC to offer accelerated, on-site training in rural communities for medical transcription.

The resulting Transcription On-Call program includes:

  • Basic skills
  • Applied English as used in medical reports including plurals, proper names, abbreviations, numbers, symbols, medical terms, grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Pronunciation and spelling of each organ system
  • Advanced terminology
  • Pronunciation and spelling of terms related to pathologies and etiology as well as how the body responds to injuries and abnormalities
  • Reference material sources and uses
  • Basic four medical reports and their contents
  • Types and uses of transcription equipment
  • Transcription exercises including chart notes, H&P reports, consultation reports, discharge summaries, and operative reports related to each system

The program can be scaled to meet different training needs:

Phase I

Basic credit and non-credit curriculum to achieve competency for employment.

Phase II

Expanded curriculum to include related credit courses for 2-year and 4-year degrees. Additional locations to be determined.

Phase III

Customization of certain course content to incorporate company-specific procedures and equipment. Increased use of distance learning delivery in additional locations.


Transcription On-Call program scope is also defined by the client’s desired application of the training offered. Typical applications include:

Application A

Supervisory Training

The technical and interpersonal skills taught in the program can be applied to a student’s preparation for and growth in supervisory and management ability.

Application B

Existing Skills Enhancement

Students can increase their level of competence in a specific skill from basic to intermediate or intermediate to advanced. Examples range from office procedures to Medical Insurance Processing.

Application C

New Skills Acquisition

Both new and current students can acquire skills in areas related to or outside their present job requirements, making possible advances in responsibility and productivity.

Application D


Both skills enhancement and new skills acquisition can be used in cross-training students to increase skills depth and coverage.

Finally, the scope of Transcription On-Call is defined as a flexible combination of credit and non-credit courses and other training, educational, and service components that comprise the entire program. Changes and additions are made by agreement between BMCC and its clients, subject to the program’s training and educational requirements and the college’s accreditation.