What steps do I need to take to get hired as a medical transcriptionist?

I find myself in the unfortunate position of needing to find a new job, and preferably one where I can work from home. The position of medical transcriptionist was recommended to me, but I know little about it. What background do I need, and how do I break into this field?

Asked By: Ruthie - 3/20/2010
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You should check with your local community colleges to see if they offer certificates for medical transcription.
Answered By: interrogatory - 3/21/2010
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you need high school diploma or GED and then a few years (~2) at a community college or technical school...its not hard and usually has good hours and decent far as working from home...not going to happen, Because of HIPPA act, any health info is private and cannot leave the office with someone, its an... More
Answered By: dbdog638 - 3/20/2010
1. Go to medical school. 2. Apply for a job as a medical transcriptionist. 3. Remember me when you're successful and rich and send me $4550 to bail my brother out of jail.
Answered By: Buff Man - 3/20/2010
Don't be fooled by the ads for medical transcription that it is quick and easy. You should take classes and they can be involved. You must need medical terminology and it is a lot of vocabulary with root words, etc. ie 'ectomy' 'ostomy', 'craino', etc. You must be an expert typist. It requires lots of practice. It can... More
Answered By: Barbara L - 3/20/2010
The tough part is being able to type quite fast and accurate. The more difficult part is doing this day after day, year after year, as it takes a toll on your hands in that many suffer arthritis, tingling sensations, tendinitis, or even carpal tunnel... More
Answered By: Mr. Prefect - 3/20/2010
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