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Shannon Scroggins in Victorville, California

94 months ago

Hi Allison,

I am not going to school yet. I am trying to figure out which school I should attend. MTEC interests me because it seems like they are focused on efficent training and have an excellent placement rate. I would have to take the on-line course because my area does not have a vocational or community college that offers a face to face course :-(. I tried the url you gave in your post but it says the database cannot be opened.

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Sheila

94 months ago

Shannon Scroggins in Victorville, California said: Thanx for the advise I have done some research and am looking at two training programs:
1. Career Step www.careerstep.com/site/type=mt/page=enrollmentpricing-mt
The price is good and I like the course outline.

2. MedLine www.medlineschool.com/index_files/Page387.html
Although for expensive and longer time to finish the course outline seems to cover a lot more.

Does anyone have any experience with these schools? I am open for any comments you have as this is an important decision for me and my family.

Shannon,

I am an Honors Graduate of Career Step. I found the program to be excellent and will prepare anyone that completes the program to be an efficient MT. I do have a background in nursing (23 years) and I can honestly say I LOVE being an MT over being a nurse any day of the week! If you do decide to choose a school, please find one that is accredited by the AHDI such as Career Step, Andrews, M-Tec (those are the top 3) plus there are others. I'm sorry to say that At Home Professionals, while I'm sure many enjoy the course, most employers will not even consider the applicant for a position. So if you invest your money, time, and energy, please choose a school that is listed with the AHDI.

Good Luck!

Sheila

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Shannon Scroggins in Victorville, California

94 months ago

Sheila said: Shannon,

I am an Honors Graduate of Career Step. I found the program to be excellent and will prepare anyone that completes the program to be an efficient MT. I do have a background in nursing (23 years) and I can honestly say I LOVE being an MT over being a nurse any day of the week! If you do decide to choose a school, please find one that is accredited by the AHDI such as Career Step, Andrews, M-Tec (those are the top 3) plus there are others. I'm sorry to say that At Home Professionals, while I'm sure many enjoy the course, most employers will not even consider the applicant for a position. So if you invest your money, time, and energy, please choose a school that is listed with the AHDI.

Good Luck!

Sheila

Hi Sheila,

Thank you for the advice I have narrowed down to MTEC and Career Step. How long did it take your to graduate from Career Step? MTEC's course syllabus says it will take me one year if I work at it 27-30 hours a week. My tenative plans are to devote about 30-35 hours a week on training not working at all until I graduate. I have always been interested in the medical field. That's why MT is so interesting to me. I also gather that its not a piece of cake boring 9 - 5 with is another motivation. I am easily bored. I plan to devote a room in my house that has a door that can be closed and locked. Thats how focused I want to be.

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Sheila

94 months ago

Shannon,

I could have very easily finished the course in 6-7 months but due to "life getting in the way" I finished in 11 months. Whichever school you choose, I know you will be happy. It is a challenging and rewarding career, but I will be honest, in order to make 'real' money, you have to really work at it, use expanders, know how to research, be proficient in grammar, and develop your ear to some God awful dictators! There is never a boring day in this profession!

I wish you the very best of luck! I can tell you that with Career Step there are many companies that are partnered with them and they "waive" the 2 year requirement in experience if you are a Honors/High Honors graduate.

Sheila

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Shannon Scroggins in Victorville, California

94 months ago

Sheila,

Thanx for the information. MT would be a second career for me. I have been married for 10 years and have two girls 3 and 6 years. I have some fear about entering an unknown career. But I beleive that if you don't take a chance or become uncomfy you won't grow as a person.

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P. in Atlanta, Georgia

94 months ago

Good advice from Sheila on finding a school that's accredited. Since you do have small children, I think this would be a perfect career for you. I have two daughters also (now 20 and 12) and I got into this field 18 years ago because I knew I could work from home. Since my 12 year old is very busy with cheerleading, it helps that I'm able to have a flexible schedule.

True, you have to work really hard to make decent money but once you get adjusted, it's like any other profession. The beauty of this field is you can work for multiple companies and if you don't like one, you can switch.

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Shannon Scroggins in Victorville, California

94 months ago

Hi P,

Yes I agree Shelia's advice was very helpful. I am excited about this new career and am praying that I can get thru MTEC's course and then become certified. I can already type 60 wpm but have a concern about the grammar and spelling difficulty of this career. Do your or anyone who reads this forum have any books or material I can get to brush up on my grammar skills, or will grammar become easier as I get better at transcripting?

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P. in Atlanta, Georgia

94 months ago

The AAMT offers a Book of Style which will be very helpful. It's around $80 I think but talk with the school you enroll with and see if they offer any discounts on books. Once you start working, it will be more about format and certain things that aren't allowed, like certain abbreviations and such. Even with that, you can get around the need to remember if you have an abbreviation expander and you add the items. For example, q.d. (daily) is not allowed so using your expander, you could have it to change q.d. to daily automatically whenever you type q.d., then it becomes a no-brainer. All companies have QA specialist that will catch things anyone. Most of it will just come with repetition. I'm sure you'll be fine.

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Helen in Atlanta, Georgia

94 months ago

Hi Shannon,

I am a career step student. The program is really great. Also, they are a extremely recognized online program. Check out www.mtstars.com and read the forum on the different schools. I also know of people that graduated already and got a job within two weeks upon passing the certification final. I am scheduled to take my final in December. I cant wait :)

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Nicole Ward in Cranbrook, British Columbia

94 months ago

Hi there,
If anyone can assist me that would be great. I am trying to get enrolled at the Thompson Career college to become an medical transcriptionist and need to research people who work in this field in order to finalize my enrollment.
If you can answer a few quick questions to help me get going on this course, that would be fantastic.

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Shannon Scroggins in Victorville, California

94 months ago

P. in Atlanta, Georgia said: The AAMT offers a Book of Style which will be very helpful. It's around $80 I think but talk with the school you enroll with and see if they offer any discounts on books. Once you start working, it will be more about format and certain things that aren't allowed, like certain abbreviations and such. Even with that, you can get around the need to remember if you have an abbreviation expander and you add the items. For example, q.d. (daily) is not allowed so using your expander, you could have it to change q.d. to daily automatically whenever you type q.d., then it becomes a no-brainer. All companies have QA specialist that will catch things anyone. Most of it will just come with repetition. I'm sure you'll be fine.

P,

Thanx for the book info and vote of confidence. I have decided on MTEC for several reasons. Yipeee!! Finally. I am applying for financial aid if that dosen't fly then I will have to move to plan b. I hope to be enrolled by Nov 1st of 08.

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Shannon in Victorville, California

94 months ago

Question for anyone who wants to reply:

I was talking to my aunt this weekend who works in the medical field as an office mgr and she told me that she thinks transcription is going to go away as a career becuase of electronic medical records.

Does anyone have any info on this? How do transcription work together? or do they?

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JodyH in Peoria, Illinois

94 months ago

I have been doing transcription now for 20 years. I think eventually, hopefully not real soon, that the voice recognition will be perfected enough for all physicians to want to try. You know, not to bash medical transcription, but I would not recommend any one go to school for it, the money these days is in the legal profession. Court reporters, legal secretaries. My sister in law is a leegal secretary and she makes $20 an hour. I will never see any where close to that transcribing, either in an office or out of my home. Doctors just dont want to pay well any more, and its even now with the economy the way it is. I think if I had to do it over again, I would have gotten into legal instead of medical, especially with the way insurance is, with not paying and people not having it. I don't know where you are from, but here in Peoria, Illinois you are lucy to make $16 an hour at very tops in transcription and thats if you have been with the same group for 20 or more years!! Just work on secretarial skills and typing skills and stick with legal, it will pay off.

J

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P. in Atlanta, Georgia

94 months ago

The electronic medical record really has nothing to do with transcription. The doctors are able to sign the reports electronically and access quite a bit of the patient record through advanced computer systems. From what I've seen, it's really rare that voice recognition does as good of a job that they say it does. I've listened to VR reports where the doctor has clearly said the patient was a male in the beginning but if they slur when the say "he" during the report, it comes out as "she". Of course the word is spelled correctly but the text is wrong so you still need a transcriptionist, or in the case of VR, an editor, to fix it.

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Jennifer in Riverside, Illinois

94 months ago

Melissa Brigham in Nebraska said: I am looking to take an online course to get a certificate in Medical Transcription and I was wondering what everyone thought the best schools were to get the certificate at? Thanks.

I am currently taking medical Transcription courses through Allied Schools online. I think this school is excellent for this field of education. They supply everything you need as a transcriptionist even a computer.

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Shannon Scroggins in Victorville, California

94 months ago

P. in Atlanta, Georgia said: The electronic medical record really has nothing to do with transcription. The doctors are able to sign the reports electronically and access quite a bit of the patient record through advanced computer systems. From what I've seen, it's really rare that voice recognition does as good of a job that they say it does. I've listened to VR reports where the doctor has clearly said the patient was a male in the beginning but if they slur when the say "he" during the report, it comes out as "she". Of course the word is spelled correctly but the text is wrong so you still need a transcriptionist, or in the case of VR, an editor, to fix it.

Hey there P,
Thanx for the clarification. I was a little discouraged from my aunt's comments so I wanted to throw the question out there to people who are working in the profession. I also searched the internet and learned a lot about voice recognition and so far I am not convinced that doctors are going to want to dictate and then fix the mistakes that the vr makes. I just don't see Dr's having the time to do that. So I am still going forward with my training with MTEC. Although I haven't enrolled yet. It's a big decision for me. I just pray to god that after I am done that I can find a job.

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Peggy Arenz in Gilbert, Arizona

94 months ago

I am also looking into schools and prefer an online program as I currently work fulltime. I have decided to stick with only AHDI approved schools. Out of the 14 approved schools, I have narrowed my list down to four: AndrewsSchool, Exact-Med, Med-Line, or M-Tec. I see people talking about Andrews and M-Tec, but wondered if anyone knows anything about the other two (Exact-Med & Med-Line). Any input would greatly be appreicate. Thank you!

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Amber in Richardton, North Dakota

94 months ago

Anybody heard of World Direct Transcription? I just got a job through them, but wanted a little more info from someone who maybe works for them or has heard of them before I accept, as I don't really want to give out my info if they aren't a ligit company.

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Jane in Atlanta, Georgia

94 months ago

Melissa Brigham in Nebraska said: I am looking to take an online course to get a certificate in Medical Transcription and I was wondering what everyone thought the best schools were to get the certificate at? Thanks.

First of all if you as were to get the certificate at? then you have a long way to go in the transcription field. You must be proficient in spelling, grammar, punctuation and medical terminology. You must also have a desire to learn constantly, commit to memory all medical words, phrases, and medications, and be willing to research, research, research what you do not know. Start with a basic terminology course. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars. Try Brown-Mackie. But first, make sure you are a good speller and know your way around a dictionary.

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Jane in Atlanta, Georgia

94 months ago

Melissa Brigham in Nebraska said: I am looking to take an online course to get a certificate in Medical Transcription and I was wondering what everyone thought the best schools were to get the certificate at? Thanks.

First of all if you ask where to get the certificate at? then you have a long way to go in the transcription field. You must be proficient in spelling, grammar, punctuation and medical terminology. You must also have a desire to learn constantly, commit to memory all medical words, phrases, and medications, and be willing to research, research, research what you do not know. Start with a basic terminology course. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars. Try Brown-Mackie. But first, make sure you are a good speller and know your way around a dictionary.

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Payton in Atlanta, Georgia

94 months ago

Where to get the certificate at? Forget about a future in the field of medical transcription. You must be qualified and educated to go into this field. Try something in the domestic field, perhaps

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Susan in Lorain, Ohio

94 months ago

The Andrews School in Oklahoma has one of the best medical transcription/medical coding programs available! Your books are delivered to your home, tests are taken online, and homework is submitted via e-mail. It takes approximately 1 year to complete the course, and most graduates have 3-4 full-time job offers shortly after graduating! I am a recent Andrews graduate and my fellow graduates would definitely agree with me that Andrews is #1 - If you have any questions, call or e-mail the Director, Linda Andrews.

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JodyH in Peoria, Illinois

94 months ago

Transcription is tough to get into unless you are very proficient in medical terminology, and you must be good at grammer,spelling, punctuation. Also, you have to be a good typist and fast. Some will tell you that speed doesn't matter as long as you are accurate. Thats not true. Most places you are on production and your reviews and merit increases all come from your production. Some places want you to type 1000 lines a day to meet production, in some fields that is easy and in others it is almost impossible. I stll say getting into legal is where the money is. Take the court reporting classes. You can free lance and be your own boss and they all make good money if you can get in with the right attorneys. it takes a lot of experience in transcription to make half way decent money. I have 20 years experience and I only make $13.50 an hour. Maybe getting a 5% increae, we will see. Still, topping out at $16.00 an hour, and then what????

J

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JodyH in Peoria, Illinois

94 months ago

Karen Schueler in Inverness, Florida said: I am a retired Licensed Practical Nurse, but have thought
of doing this for quite awhile..I will be going to an info
session next week from a school in Ft. Collins...My concerns
have been...will I be able do this from home...will the
course be worth the money? I only want to do this part time
for some extra money...Do you think having been a nurse for
28 years and knowing some of the terminology will be a help?

If you are already an LPN, why do you want to do transcription? I can tell you right now, you won't make near what you do as a nurse. For only a few more classes why don't you go ahead and get your RN license, thats where the big money is. My niece works here in town as an RN and she makes $30.00 an hour straight time, that doesn't include OT! You will never make that kind of money in transcription!!

j

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V

94 months ago

4hambonesw in Peoria, Illinois said: No, I don't need schooling, I already have 20 years experience in transcription. I was just wondering what kind of pay you all were getting either salary by line count or hourly. Like I said, I work in an ortho surg group and make $13.50 an hour. Does this sound about right? Any answers would be great.

J

Hi J:

It depends what part of the country you live in; also, what type of benefits you are getting if you're full time as an in-house employee. I have over 20 years exp also, and even with benefits you should be getting more than 13.50 an hour definitely. feel free to e-mail me (vmonte3@gmail.com)if you have more questions or need additional information.

V

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Karen in Bethel, Connecticut in Lexington, Massachusetts

93 months ago

I am considering MT Advantage in Virginia. Has anyone heard anything about them, either good or bad?
Thanks
Karen

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Midwest M in Peoria, Illinois

93 months ago

J and V How much should I be making as a transcriptionist? I have been offered more to move to a different company but I am afraid to start over in a new company. How can I get the company I am with now to pay me more? They think any Sally-off-the-street can transcribe and with so many newbies and desperate people settling for lower pay they are proving my employer right.

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Midwest M in Peoria, Illinois

93 months ago

JodyH in Peoria, Illinois said: Transcription is tough to get into unless you are very proficient in medical terminology, and you must be good at grammer,spelling, punctuation. Also, you have to be a good typist and fast. Some will tell you that speed doesn't matter as long as you are accurate. Thats not true. Most places you are on production and your reviews and merit increases all come from your production. Some places want you to type 1000 lines a day to meet production, in some fields that is easy and in others it is almost impossible. I stll say getting into legal is where the money is. Take the court reporting classes. You can free lance and be your own boss and they all make good money if you can get in with the right attorneys. it takes a lot of experience in transcription to make half way decent money. I have 20 years experience and I only make $13.50 an hour. Maybe getting a 5% increae, we will see. Still, topping out at $16.00 an hour, and then what????

J

Didn't the cost of living go up more than that? There are other places that will hire for more I just wonder if there will be a call for transcription in ten years. Transcriptionist in the Midwest need to stop working for such low pay. Do they give you good benefits? 401K/match etc..., dental, health etc?

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Nita in Douglasville, Georgia

93 months ago

I've looked at soo many transcription schools. Which is the best? I would like to be able to talk to an instructor if I need to. I'd also like to know that someone's there making sure that I'm accomplishing the right goals at the right time. But I also want to be able to more at my own pace. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Peggy A. in Mesa, Arizona

93 months ago

What school are the materials from?

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im4sunnydaze in Merton, Wisconsin

93 months ago

They are from MTatHome.com I did speak to one graduate from the program and she really like the education she received. This is a good program and I like the fact that once you are finished they will work with you to help you find a position. They are a Christian owned company.
MTatHome is a Member of AHDI (Formally AAMT - American Association of Medical Transcription). If you would like more specifics, please let me know.

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Nita in Douglasville, Georgia

93 months ago

im4sunnydaze in Merton, Wisconsin said: They are from MTatHome.com I did speak to one graduate from the program and she really like the education she received. This is a good program and I like the fact that once you are finished they will work with you to help you find a position. They are a Christian owned company.
MTatHome is a Member of AHDI (Formally AAMT - American Association of Medical Transcription). If you would like more specifics, please let me know.

I am very interested in this. What is your price for it?

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im4sunnydaze in Merton, Wisconsin

93 months ago

I am asking $549. I would accept money order, paypal or if using personal check, I would wait until it clears before shipping. It really is a great program for a great price.

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AFS in Salisbury, Maryland

93 months ago

I just came across this topic for the first time, and would like to address several things I have seen mentioned.
I am a recent graduate of the Career Step Medical Transcription program and am presently in the job market myself.

1. To those looking for a good education, I cannot tell you how impressed with their online program; so much so that I have become an affiliate, in order to let others know about them. Before I signed on with them, I checked them out with the Utah Better Business Bureau, and received a glowing report, which made up my mind for me.
You can go to my website to learn more about the program and my experience www.homecareerinfo.com/1076

12. To the person who mentioned that nurses do not need much education because of their nursing experience, I would say not to count on that, unless perhaps you are a brand new graduate, or someone who has worked in every specialty areas. With 30 years experience as an RN, I found the program to be quite challenging, and I learned things that I had either forgotten, or never knew in the first place.
3. Anyone wanting to know how to find places looking for transcriptionists with experience, feel free to contact me. i have had responses from more than I can count, LOL. But it is also as easy as doing a Google search for Medical Transcription jobs.
Thanks for the opportunity to post.

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Crisped in Baltimore, Maryland

93 months ago

Amber in Richardton, North Dakota said: Anybody heard of World Direct Transcription? I just got a job through them, but wanted a little more info from someone who maybe works for them or has heard of them before I accept, as I don't really want to give out my info if they aren't a ligit company.

Hi, Amber. I'm an independent medical transcriptionist, and I recently answered an ad by World Direct, and completed a test supplied by them. It is now a week later, and I've heard nothing back. The ad to which I responded contained no information whatsoever about the company (not even its name), and I discovered the entity only via the letterhead that appeared on the e-mail I got in response to my inquiry. What worries me is that while World Direct has a web site, it claims to do all kinds of transcription (e.g. medical, legal, other), not the norm for the finer major providers in medicine. There is also relatively little information at the site for prospective workers. I have to confess, moreover, that I was aghast at the e-mail I received from the company. It was written in a sort of pidgin English, with lots of pretentious, British-sounding, but slightly-off idioms, and it strongly resembled the king of writing (non-sentences; nonsense phrases) that I get in the zillions of scam offers I receive from alleged lottos and trade companies. By now, Amber, I hope it has all worked out for you, and despite the negative input I'm providing here, I'd be very happy to hear that World Direct is real and credible, and that you are flourishing there and actually getting paid. BTW: Were you told that you would not be paid 'till after a whole month of work? I was, and that spooked me, as I'd have to provide the SSN right off the bat, giving the recipient a month to use it in untold ways. . .Possibly I'm just too cautious, as I just resigned from a truly reputable company that employed me full-time, but initially refused to pay me minimum wage.

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Sarah Petersen in Bloomfield, Nebraska

91 months ago

I just wanted to let you know not to go throught At-home Profession. Most companies don't know who they are and if they do they don't like them and so it is very hard to get a job after graduating

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allisonj in Funk, Nebraska

91 months ago

sites.google.com/site/nebraskanmt/

Helpful information for us newbies .. leave comments please so that I can continue to help provide the information we want to know!

ps: there's also a list of MT Companies on the site .. updated as often as possible!

^_^
Allison

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cworth in Prince George, British Columbia

90 months ago

Nicole Ward in Cranbrook, British Columbia said: Hi there,
If anyone can assist me that would be great. I am trying to get enrolled at the Thompson Career college to become an medical transcriptionist and need to research people who work in this field in order to finalize my enrollment.
If you can answer a few quick questions to help me get going on this course, that would be fantastic.

I am also thinking of enrolling with TCC and am trying to find out more information regarding MT's and the availability of work; I am particularly interested in working from home and wonder how easy or difficult that will be. I would be very interested in hearing about research results.

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Nora Smith in Warrenton, Oregon

90 months ago

I signed on to work with Breitner Transcription services. The lady who runs it, Johann, said that she would be happy to hire me. I have 28 years experience as a transcriptionist. I quit the other transcription job I was doing at home to work for her because she said she paid better. I started training and it was going fine. Then I was given a foreigner who barely spoke any English at all. A real transcriptionist knows that you need to do people like this several times with feedback before you can do them well. This report also had been rejected by the person training me apparently because she didn't like doing this dictator either. I told her I would do it since I needed to learn this dictator. I left a lot of blanks since the dictator wasn't speaking English half the time. A day later I got a nasty e-mail from Johann saying I didn't even try to do this report and I left 26 blanks and there was no point in me "wasting her time." I spent an hour and a half on this report. Of course, the other 10 reports I did for her while training were just fine and I'm sure she got paid top dollar for them. I would recommend that no one work for this horrible company. The lady is a few fried short a Happy Meal, if you know what I mean. She obviously wants to get work done for her for free and then she will fire you. She also hasn't paid me for the training I did with her.

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JMH in Peoria, Illinois

90 months ago

Thats too bad. She sounds like a real peach to work for. I don't miss typing for the foreigners. They are a pain in the rear! If they come over here then they should bring their own transcriptionist, someone who can understand them, or learn to speak good English! I can't believe she didn't pay you for training, thats bull!! Good luck. I think I will stay at my job in the office, no foreigners there!!

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Nora Smith in Warrenton, Oregon

90 months ago

I work full time in a hospital in a different job, but wanted to keep up my transcription skills. I'm not sure if it's worth it now. Yes, I hate typing for those foreigners. They ought to learn English before they come here rather than depend on a transcriptionist who doesn't speak their language to make them sound like they know what they are talking about. I'm looking at other places now and this one pays 6 cents a line. That's ridiculous. I have 28 years experience. I should get paid more. I sure won't give up my day job for that.

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P. in Stone Mountain, Georgia

90 months ago

Hey Nora. I feel your pain. I have almost 20 years experience myself but due to a move, I had to change jobs. I worked for a hospital most of that time but now I work for services. Although I love working from home, the pay is horrible so I'm always looking for that one hospital that offers at home work, which I'm finding is really rare in Georgia. For you to keep up your skills though, working for a service might be a good option for you, especially since you plan to keep your current job. 6 cpl is just rediculous unless you are soley doing editing, in which case you'd still have to do twice as much to get a decent rate. Check mtjobs.com. Some of the companies list their cpl rate so you can weed out the ones that don't interest you. Good luck.

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Nora Smith in Warrenton, Oregon

90 months ago

Yes, it would be ideal working for a hospital at home, but those jobs only seem to be given to a few chosen people. I'm not sure this field is worth being in anymore. It's too bad when people who graduate from some school are given more consideration than people with a lot of experience.

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Kate in Hermitage, Tennessee

88 months ago

JodyH in Peoria, Illinois said: I have been doing transcription now for 20 years. I think eventually, hopefully not real soon, that the voice recognition will be perfected enough for all physicians to want to try. You know, not to bash medical transcription, but I would not recommend any one go to school for it, the money these days is in the legal profession. Court reporters, legal secretaries. My sister in law is a leegal secretary and she makes $20 an hour. I will never see any where close to that transcribing, either in an office or out of my home. Doctors just dont want to pay well any more, and its even now with the economy the way it is. I think if I had to do it over again, I would have gotten into legal instead of medical, especially with the way insurance is, with not paying and people not having it. I don't know where you are from, but here in Peoria, Illinois you are lucy to make $16 an hour at very tops in transcription and thats if you have been with the same group for 20 or more years!! Just work on secretarial skills and typing skills and stick with legal, it will pay off.

J

It's so good to hear opinions and advice from different people. J's comments about the pay rate are certainly food for thought and I'm sure she wasn't trying to be rude. While statements such as "stick with legal" are probably posted with the best of intentions, they're usually coming from the prospective of someone who is simply unhappy with their job. Let's all try to be supportive of each other and our chosen profession. If you're not satisfied with work or you're not very good at it, please keep that to yourself when offering advice or help to other, more hopeful, people.
I considered working as a legal secretary, but quickly found my niche in med transcription. Now, 5 years after completing an online course, I work from home, I make a great income and I love my job! Good luck to those of you who are thinking about joining the ranks!

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Lucy in Annapolis, Maryland

88 months ago

Kate, would you mind disclosing what you mean by a "great" salary? I am skeptical that anyone working only 5 years in MT can possibly be earning a living wage. After graduating from a prestigious program with Honors, last year, I was signed on quickly by one of the major national MT service providers. After 8 weeks of full-time work, I still had not convinced the company to pay me even minimum wage, as they erroneously took the position that I was owed only my 3 cents/line rate, and nothing more. Finally, an HR person with some knowledge of the minimum wage laws intervened, and I was granted my back pay. That brought me "up" to the minimum wage of $6.44/hour. My accuracy rate was consistently above 98% when I left the company, and my productivity wasn't bad, for a beginner. To be told constantly that if I only stuck with MT for 20 years, or so, I'd make something over $20,000/year was shocking, to me. I cut my losses, and have become a medical coder, through a glorious organization that provides brilliant training and real support. AHDI never so much as replied to my concerns about my MT employer's practices. My new field is a proud one that sends motivated coders out to do very important work that is valued. I studied my brains out to learn coding, which is immensely complicated and challenging, but I feel human again, ready to be paid something I may be able to live on, and more. Pollyanna-ish plugs for the field of MT do not help either newbies or veterans. They just keep MTs down and oppressed, and they let employers get away with scandalously abusive employment practices. To wit, one major MT company recently succumbed to a class action suit based on its practice of methodically UNDER-calculating MT's line production. I suspect that other companies shall be scrutinized soon, and be put out of business for their illegal labor practices.

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JMH in Peoria, Illinois

88 months ago

Yes Kate, please do tell what you mean by "great salary". Lucy, you will make more money in coding, its just a simple fact. Its sad though, because I love transcription and unless you get lucy enough to find someone to pay well, you aren't going to make a "great salary". The only thing I have heard about the copanies you work for outside your home is a lot of them want you to work certain hours and certain days and sometimes even holidays and weekends. Thats not for me. Good luck to everyone trying to get into transcription.

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WLS

88 months ago

I am not Kate, but I graduated 3 years ago and currently average $18 an hour. To me, that is good money for only taking a short 6-month course on-line and only working in the business a short time. I make much more as an MT than I ever did working outside the home and I save all the time commuting, which for me was 3-4 hours out of my day. So being able to stay home is a huge perk for me as I gain time in my day to spend doing what I want to do versus sitting in traffic.

I am on the low side as far as my rate of pay (less than 8 cpl), but because my company only assigns us a handful of docs, I average 250-260 lph and make a good hourly wage. I didn't get here immediately. I had to work on my expander daily. I made templates for all my doctors for each report type. I also learned macros in Word to help speed things up.

I also didn't stick with jobs that I knew I was never going to make money at. My first job was doing VR and I knew with that account, I was never going to make any money as the VR was horrible and the reports always had a ton of corrections. My second job was with one of the large nationals. My account was almost 100% ESLs (later learned all the good docs went to VR and we got the leftovers that VR couldn't recognize). Even after 6 months, I couldn't break minumum wage with the small cpl they paid me. It took me 6 companies to find one that worked for me. I now work for a small MTSO that only has a few clients. For me, I like this situation compared to working for a national. I like only having a few docs each day to do. I make much more at this job than working at the large national, but I have so much less stress and a flexible schedule.

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janruzowski in Amarillo, Texas

88 months ago

Hi Kate!! My name is Jan. Just wanted to tell you that I appreciated your comment. I am currently midway through my medical transcription course and was getting quit discouraged. I truely believe its all in what you put into it. It sounds like you are doing very well.

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janruzowski in Amarillo, Texas

88 months ago

Jan Ruzowski in Amarillo, Texas said: Hi Kate!! My name is Jan. Just wanted to tell you that I appreciated your comment. I am currently midway through my medical transcription course and was getting quit discouraged. I truely believe its all in what you put into it. It sounds like you are doing very well.

Sorry hi to whoever wrote that comment that is not Kate!! :)

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Dancin in Fresno, California

85 months ago

Jennifer in Riverside, Illinois said: I am currently taking medical Transcription courses through Allied Schools online. I think this school is excellent for this field of education. They supply everything you need as a transcriptionist even a computer.

Hi..I have been thinking about Allied for Medical Transcription but have been
dragging my heels. Are you attending the one in Laguna, CA? Is it a hard course? How long have you been at it?
Can you tell me in more detail why you think it's excellent?

Thank you

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