Medical Transcriptionist

Learn the clerical and medical knowledge you need to build a fulfilling career.

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54 Weeks



Program Outline

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About The Program

The Medical Transcriptionist diploma program provides the opportunity for students to pursue an 8-week field placement for hands-on experience.

Career Opportunities

The Medical Transcriptionist diploma program will qualify grads to pursue medical transcriptionist positions within hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices and transcription service companies.

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98 %

Employment Rate*

$ 22

Average Wage/hr**

$ 27

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.


NOC Code: 1251 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on New Brunswick data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

Program Details

Do you want to join the growing healthcare industry? Are you interested in acquiring skills that will help you succeed in a hospital and medical office environment? If so, the Medical Transcriptionist program is just what you need to launch your career.

As part of this in-demand program, students will gain in-depth knowledge of Microsoft applications, spelling and grammar standards in the industry, medical report formatting, and keyboarding techniques – skills which are all mandatory for the role. By the end of the program, students will have a solid understanding of the human body as well as the skeletal, muscular, integumentary, cardiovascular, reproductive, endocrine, sensory, and nervous systems. The program also comes with training on electronic healthcare records.

Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to write the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist exam through the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). To pursue this, students must make arrangements directly with AHDI.

Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Medical Transcriptionist
On successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed in a 160-hour internship at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their newly developed knowledge and skills in a real-world environment. Host sites include medical clinics, hospitals, transcription service employers and other medical settings.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Admission Requirements
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  • High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.
  • Demonstrate fluency in English (oral and written).
  • Possess a typing speed of 40 wpm.
  • Admissions Interview to determine suitability for a career as a Medical Transcriptionist.



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“As a recent graduate of Eastern College, I have nothing but positive comments about this school. The faculty and instructors were supportive, welcoming, and always there to help. They gave me everything I needed to be job ready and excel in the industry I am in!”