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Medical Transcription - CAS

Certificate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Susan Whatley

This program is offered completely on-line.

Gainful Employment Programs Information

NOTE: This program is in moratorium and will not be accepting new students.

Medical Transcriptionists are part of a healthcare team, working primarily with medical documents and reports. The College currently both offers a Certificate of Applied Science program and an Associate of Applied Science degree. Both programs provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to perform as entry-level transcriptionists.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Use medical language appropriately and understand anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, laboratory tests, and diagnostics tests.

  • Spell, proofread, and use correct grammar, punctuation, and syntax in medical reports.

  • Understand HIPPA and follow guidelines to protect patient confidentiality and patient records.

  • Transcribe, format, and edit the most common medical reports: progress notes, history and physical reports, consultations, discharge summaries, and operative reports.

  • Use medical references appropriately and efficiently, particularly the Book of Style.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees$5,582
Application Fee$30

Fall 2016 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1
First Year
AHMS 144Medical Terminology +3
AHMS 255Medical Transcription I *,+3
BIOH 112Human Form and Function I +4
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers +3
Select one of the following:  
M 090Introductory Algebra **,+4
M 108Business Mathematics **,+4
Term Credits17
AHMS 158Legal Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare *,+3
AHMS 201Medical Science *,+3
AHMS 256Medical Transcription II *,+3
HTH 180Pharmaceuticals for HC Provdrs +1
WRIT 122Intro to Business Writing **,+3
Select one of the following:  
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
Term Credits16
Second Year
AHMS 108Health Data Content Struct *,+3
CAPP 154MS Word *,+3
HIT 265Electr Health Rec in Med Prac *,+3
Term Credits9
Total Credits42

Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


 A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.

Transition to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The Medical Transcription Certificate program is designed to train entry-level Medical Transcriptionists. The curriculum can be completed online so that students across the state can take advantage of this opportunity. However, the Medical Transcription profession is complex, and students should recognize the need for continuing education, even as they begin their careers. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Transcription provides that opportunity.

All courses from the certificate program transfer into the AAS program. Students who continue into the AAS degree program in Medical Transcription must take an additional semester of Anatomy and Physiology to increase their understanding of human body structures and functions. In addition, students in the AAS program have the opportunity to increase computer skills, understand the entire medical record, and expand English skills -- all essential to their continued success as Medical Transcriptionists. Students should discuss their long-term goals with the Program Director to determine the best course of study. The AAS degree can also be completed online.