Want to take an online MT course but I'm afraid I won't be able to find a job after I'm done! ANY ADVICE HELPFUL!!!

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Stacy, 29 Palms, CA in El Toro, California

70 months ago

I have been looking into online courses to be a Medical Transcriptionist but I am scared to sign up because I am so scared I won't be able to find a job after I complete the course. I have searched alot of the online job finders and I'm not having much luck finding people that are hiring MT's. Also, I have found many books (that are much cheaper than the $1500 courses) that claim to be able to teach you how to be a MT. Do I even need the course at all???

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MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California

70 months ago

Yes, you need a course. It's best to take one that MT employers recognize, like M-Tec or Andrews.

There are always lots of MT jobs. You can find them here every day: www.mtjobs.com/

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Stacy, 29 Palms, CA in El Toro, California

70 months ago

Thanks for the feedback!!! I looked into M-Tec already but I can't afford that course. I have been in touch with the US Career Institute and they are an accredited school. Would that course be ok?

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MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California

70 months ago

The one you mentioned is not the best school, is very short and not very comprehensive. You need to be well trained to be able to work on your own at home, otherwise you won't be able to produce well and make good money.

But the most important thing, is many MT employers will only hire you if you've completed a good course, not a little quicky course.

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ld in Peoria, Illinois

70 months ago

I would strongly advise against USCIs course. I am a recent graduate from there, and it is almost impossible to find a job. I have looked at the outlines from some of the other schools, and I have seen where my training is lacking. I am now working on teaching myself what I am missing. I know that I will eventually land a job, but I don't recommend the course. Career Step is about the same price, and many employers will hire their graduates. If I had it to do over again, I would have gone there. Learn from my mistake!

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ninachawkins in Collins, Missouri

70 months ago

I am also thinking about taking courses in Medical Transcription. My fears are the same as listed above...not being able to find a job once the courses are finished. I want to attend Allied Medical School. Is this a good school and is there work to be found?

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MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California

70 months ago

There are always MT jobs to be found. You can find daily listings here: www.mtjobs.com/

The school you attend is very important, however.

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JeffGrayson in Haleyville, Alabama

70 months ago

Stacy, 29 Palms, CA in El Toro, California said: I have been looking into online courses to be a Medical Transcriptionist but I am scared to sign up because I am so scared I won't be able to find a job after I complete the course. I have searched alot of the online job finders and I'm not having much luck finding people that are hiring MT's. Also, I have found many books (that are much cheaper than the $1500 courses) that claim to be able to teach you how to be a MT. Do I even need the course at all???

DON'T DO IT! You cannot get a job from home without experience. Look at all of these people with certificates from online schools looking for a job with no success! It's a big scam!

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MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California

70 months ago

There are thousands of MTs working at home for hospitals or MT companies. It isn't a scam.

You do have to attend a good school. M-Tec and Andrews, as mentioned, are very good schools that employers recognize.

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stacykaye23 in San Bernardino, California

70 months ago

JeffGrayson in Haleyville, Alabama said: DON'T DO IT! You cannot get a job from home without experience. Look at all of these people with certificates from online schools looking for a job with no success! It's a big scam!

WOW! Thanks for that. My dad and I were speaking about the course yesterday and he told me to make sure it isn't a scam. I really want to take the course but something in my gut is holding me back. I'm not so much doing it so that I can work at home, I don't mind working in an office! A few people I have spoken to say that you don't need training to work at most offices. Is that true?

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stacykaye23 in San Bernardino, California

70 months ago

MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California said: There are thousands of MTs working at home for hospitals or MT companies. It isn't a scam.

You do have to attend a good school. M-Tec and Andrews, as mentioned, are very good schools that employers recognize.

I am seeing where alot of places want atleast TWO years of experience. How do you land a job if you are new to the profession?!?

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MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California

70 months ago

Again, your attraction to employers depends on your training. MT employers will waive the work experience requirement for graduates of certain schools.

From M-Tec's website: "M-TEC's® preference is to concentrate on entry-level job placement for our graduates. ...... currently have a 98% to 100% placement rate for our premier program graduates."

From the Andrews website: "Employers have been gracious enough to give our students a chance to test for them when they ask. They know the staff of Andrews School of Medical Transcription won't misrepresent the abilities of students or try to oversell them. We want employers to continue to come to us when they need medical transcriptionists."

There are other AHDI-approved schools that have hiring relationships with MT employers as well. M-Tec and Andrews are just two of them.

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Maria in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

I have the same fears, it seems from comments in these forums and from seasoned MTs that the MT market is drying up, yet the Bureau of Labor statistics says this career will need more people. I don't get it. Which is it?

My biggest fear is that I'll finish a program, and then find that making money at this is untenable. (I'm considering CareerStep since it's not too expensive and was vetted by Good Morning America's traveling career fair)

I'm afraid I'll be working my butt off 8 hours a day and only earn $48 and will get burned out in a week. It's not that I'm a slow typist - I have all the basic abilities. I type 80 words a minute, have excellent grammar and spelling skills, and am familiar with latin and greek spelling and medical terms. The thing that worries me most is that I'll get stuck on trying to understand doctors who can't pronounce anything correctly. That would kill my ability to make a living.

What's your take on this?

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Maria in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

Oh, one other thing, is there a tool that will slow down the recordings?

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MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California

70 months ago

Yes, you can slow down, speed up, rewind, and fast forward dictations.

I'm a "seasoned" MT and I don't think the MT market is drying up by any means. Refer to the labor statistics. The MT field is changing, with new technology being used, and some people are resistant to change and like to complain.

Again, the school you choose determines your success. CS graduates get hired, but they have to pass the course with "high honors" in order to be considered for a job. Some of them have trouble getting hired if they don't graduate with "high honors."

If you're well trained, you'll be able to understand the doctors. Also, when you're new on the job, you have QA and editors who go over your reports before they're sent to the client.

It takes a while before you are fast enough and proficient enough to make good money.

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Happy in Ontario, California

70 months ago

I think you can adjust the audio (speed forward or slow down) with a pedal device.

Something is better than nothing so decide on a school and just do it. On the MT boards they all push Andrews and M-Tech but a few of the members attended other schools and are currently employed.

I ordered a cheap course on ebay but it's sat there for months collecting dust. You must be self disciplined to do any type of online learning and I'm currently taking classes at a community college so I don't know if I'll ever get to it.

Good Luck!

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Daily in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

Thanks for your comments. I went to the MTStars forum to look around, and it's there where experienced MTs are griping about the job and how the pay is falling... They make it sound like this is a dying field.

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MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California

70 months ago

That particular board is very negative. I don't go there anymore for that very reason.

There are lots of jobs for MTs.

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Cat C in West Haven, Connecticut

70 months ago

MedTranHome in Yorba Linda, California said: That particular board is very negative. I don't go there anymore for that very reason.

There are lots of jobs for MTs.

Thank you for your encouragement. I will be done with school this week. Since I am a newbie, I was getting very discouraged just reading all the forums about this field. I do like this field and am determined to succeed. I try to stay focused and stay away from negative vibes.

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Happy in Ontario, California

70 months ago

Yeah, everyone on that board is pretty miserable. Good luck.

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Stacy M in Texas

70 months ago

I just signed up for MT training with Penn Foster career school. Please tell me that is a good one and I will be able to find a job.

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new grad in Mount Vernon, Washington

70 months ago

stacykaye23 in San Bernardino, California said: WOW! Thanks for that. My dad and I were speaking about the course yesterday and he told me to make sure it isn't a scam. I really want to take the course but something in my gut is holding me back. I'm not so much doing it so that I can work at home, I don't mind working in an office! A few people I have spoken to say that you don't need training to work at most offices. Is that true?

I wouldn't say it's a scam, necessarily. I just completed an online course and am preparing for the RMT exam in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Everett Community College has a good program that is recognized by the AAMT and by employers.

As far as finding a job.....well, nobody's going to "place" you in a job. Jobs for new grads are not easy to find but they are possible...the only way to work as an MT without having taken a course is to "luck" into it at your place of employments. Lots of MTs get on-the-job training if they work for a doctor or hospital already but short of that, you need some kind of credential. The only credential available is a "Certificate". I hunted high and low for a 2 year program in MT that would give me a Degree but there are none.

Andrews and M-tec are NOT the only "good" schools, either. Their alumni seem to dominate every site on the internet and they "put down" programs other than their own. That's because their alumni get cash incentives for recruiting potential students away from other certificate programs and toward their own. I went to Everett Community College and got my certificate PLUS 42 college credits PLUS a Federal Grant to pay for it.

There is also a paid apprenticeship program available through the AAMT if you qualify for it (get good grades).

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new grad in Mount Vernon, Washington

70 months ago

Stacy M in Texas said: I just signed up for MT training with Penn Foster career school. Please tell me that is a good one and I will be able to find a job.

Penn Foster was way too expensive for me. Congratulations on your new career. I'm a new grad from the Everett CC program and am getting ready to take the RMT exam next month. I have not started job hunting yet but I can tell you that almost any program that is recognized by the AAMT (check them out on the AAMT website) will prepare you to take the RMT exam and to qualify as a Level I MT.

The field of MT is not dying. It's changing. Voice Recognition technology and Electronic Medical Records are making the job less of a straight "transcription" job and more of an "editing" one. MTs are becoming "Medical Language Specialists" rather than "typists". You still need a good program, though, to find that first job.

What employers are looking for is transcription experience more than theory. I don't know how many hours of actual transcription Penn Foster includes in their 2 year program. The course I took offered over 1000 hours of transcription and the dictators were NOT easy to understand. They were miserably difficult sometimes. That's what employers want to know -- that you have listened to, interpreted, and transcribed actual documents from real dictators.

Jobs are not easy to find, especially for new grads. But that doesn't mean they're impossible to find.

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MedTranHome in Washington

70 months ago

"That's because their alumni get cash incentives for recruiting potential students away from other certificate programs and toward their own."

Career Step is the school that does that, not Andrews or M-Tec. Career Step graduates can become affiliates and are paid a little bit to recruit new students.

I'm not an alumni or an affiliate of Andrews or M-Tec. I'm not a recruiter for any school.

I recommend Andrews or M-Tec because they are very good schools.

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MedTranHome in Washington

70 months ago

It helps to compare MT schools side by side to see exactly what they offer.

To do that, look at the school websites and write down exactly what you get from each school and then compare them side by side. An important thing to compare is how much actual transcription experience you will get from each school. If a school doesn't offer you enough actual transcription practice, you will have a great deal of trouble on the job. The more minutes of actual transcription you do in school, the better.

I looked at M-Tec's and Andrews' websites and noted how many minutes of transcription they offer their students and noted that information below. I couldn't find this information on Career Step's or Everett's websites, so if anyone has this info about those schools, it would be helpful if you were to add it here for comparison purposes. (Someone above mentioned that Everett offered 1000 "hours" of transcription, which I believe was supposed to read 1000 "minutes" not "hours.")

Andrews
3412 minutes, plus 1500 optional minutes

M-Tec
2425 minutes, plus 1000+ optional minutes

Another thing to consider is whether or not the transcription they offer is "real" or if it's just dictation from actors.

Also consider whether the instructors are qualified to teach MT and if instructors are available to provide you feedback.

Also compare their textbooks, see if they are professionally written.

Hope that helps a bit.

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kalima in Eugene, Oregon

69 months ago

ninachawkins in Collins, Missouri said: I am also thinking about taking courses in Medical Transcription. My fears are the same as listed above...not being able to find a job once the courses are finished. I want to attend Allied Medical School. Is this a good school and is there work to be found?

I'm in Albany oregon and am also looking at Allied. I didn't see a reply if anyone knows if the school is a good one or not.

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Katrina in Mitchell, South Dakota

69 months ago

Does anyone know anything about National University & Gatlin Education Services?

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Happy in Ontario, California

69 months ago

I think Gatlin is accredited b/c they go through legitimate universities.

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Victoria Brow in Albany, Oregon

69 months ago

ninachawkins in Collins, Missouri said: I am also thinking about taking courses in Medical Transcription. My fears are the same as listed above...not being able to find a job once the courses are finished. I want to attend Allied Medical School. Is this a good school and is there work to be found?

I'm also thinking of attending Allied and wonder if it's a good school. Have you heard anything new on that question?

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Leah Lax in Jerusalem, Israel

69 months ago

I am currently going through Allied and find it a reallly great course. They are also very helpful and supportive

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Helen in Duncan, Oklahoma

69 months ago

Over 5 years ago, I took a medical transcriptionist program at home through GMT (which was based in Hawaii). I actually was 75% done with the schooling when I got side tract with buying a small newspaper publishing business, which turned out reasonably good. However, due to personal factors and that the paper actually needed more than what I could do, I sold it. Now I am thinking about getting back into training for medical transcriptionist. The school that I started with is I guess out of business (phone and website no longer). So I am checking new schools and read the advice on AHDI schools and actually had found Career Step. But as most seemed to be concerned with is that finding work (mainly from home). I don't want to invest more money to find that I wasted money on knowledge and training that can not be used. I live in a small town and afraid that finding local transcription jobs would be nil thus want to see the possiblities of worldwide if that makes sense.

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MedTranHome in Washington

69 months ago

I believe Career Step graduates have to graduate with what they call "high honors" in order to find a job, at least that's what they've said on other boards in the past. If they don't graduate with "high honors," they may have a hard time getting a job.

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Stephanie in Oxford, Michigan

69 months ago

How do you feel about the program Penn Foster offers in medical transcription??

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Michelle Hergett in Mattoon, Illinois

69 months ago

I finished the medical transcription program with Penn Foster about a month ago. It took me a little less than a year to complete and that is with 2 kids and a full-time job. Some of it involves grammar and punctuation exercises, research papers, and a power point presentation. The dictation/transcription part of the course is at the end and there was not alot of it that you had to send back for a grade although you had the opportunity to practice alot of scenarios, if you wanted. I still think it was a good course. They were really good about getting your books and course materials for each section to you in a timely manner. I do not have a job yet but so far, I have just been looking on the internet.

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Helen

68 months ago

This is directed to Michelle Hergett, have you had any MT jobs come available yet? Or has anyone through Penn Foster got a job as a MT

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ashley in Georgetown, Kentucky

68 months ago

Is there a minimum number of documents or lines that you must transcribe per week? I am going to be a stay at home mom and I am looking into MT as a career, but I will only have time to do it part-time. Any ideas?

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Angie in Wichita, Kansas

68 months ago

I am looking into MT as a career. One of the reasons is to have a home based buisness and I have a passion for the medical field. I am very conserned about picking the right school and if there is any work available in Wichita Ks. area. Any suggestions or comments would be helpful and incouraging.

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MedTranHome in Washington

68 months ago

ashley in Georgetown, Kentucky said: Is there a minimum number of documents or lines that you must transcribe per week? I am going to be a stay at home mom and I am looking into MT as a career, but I will only have time to do it part-time. Any ideas?

Minimum number of lines for part time is usually 5000 to 6000 lines per week. Many companies offer the option of a part-time or a full-time position.

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carol_s in Manchester Township, New Jersey

68 months ago

Stacy, 29 Palms, CA in El Toro, California said: I have been looking into online courses to be a Medical Transcriptionist but I am scared to sign up because I am so scared I won't be able to find a job after I complete the course. I have searched alot of the online job finders and I'm not having much luck finding people that are hiring MT's. Also, I have found many books (that are much cheaper than the $1500 courses) that claim to be able to teach you how to be a MT. Do I even need the course at all???

I'm 57 yrs young and about to start an MT class for a career change. I don't have a problem working outside the home or from the home. The course I'm to start is at the local ocean coounty community college. The instructor has been an MT for 20 yrs. who insists I will be able to work enought to make a living. The class is aprox. 120 hrs of transcription. I was a certified massage therapist having spent $$$ and many hrs to receive my certification but the economy and age has put the kabosh on that. I don't want to spend time and more money on something that will not allow me to work consistently.

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new grad in Bremerton, Washington

68 months ago

I just finished an MT program through Everett Community College in Washington State. I graduated in December and I have 1 job lined up as of yesterday (just waiting for a final okay from the IT department at the hospital). I also received a call from the college admin office asking me to fax them a release of information form because a national company that I applied to last week is interested in an interview.

I was terrified to spend the money for this course of study. I am 52 and, at my age and with my limited resources, it was a huge step of faith for me. The course was gruelling but I graduated with high honors and I got college credits, to boot.

The field of MT is not exactly obsolete yet. There are changes happening as new technologies emerge but, IMO, there will always be a need for human eyes and a human brain to either transcribe, edit, or format the raw data received by any voice recognition technology.

I say, go for it!

BTW, you mentioned ocean county college.....is that the one in Toms River, NJ? I am a former NJ resident and alumnus of that particular college...

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carol_s in Manchester Township, New Jersey

68 months ago

new grad in Bremerton, Washington said: I just finished an MT program through Everett Community College in Washington State. I graduated in December and I have 1 job lined up as of yesterday (just waiting for a final okay from the IT department at the hospital). I also received a call from the college admin office asking me to fax them a release of information form because a national company that I applied to last week is interested in an interview.

I was terrified to spend the money for this course of study. I am 52 and, at my age and with my limited resources, it was a huge step of faith for me. The course was gruelling but I graduated with high honors and I got college credits, to boot.

The field of MT is not exactly obsolete yet. There are changes happening as new technologies emerge but, IMO, there will always be a need for human eyes and a human brain to either transcribe, edit, or format the raw data received by any voice recognition technology.

I say, go for it!

BTW, you mentioned ocean county college.....is that the one in Toms River, NJ? I am a former NJ resident and alumnus of that particular college...

Thanks for the quick response and I'm going for it. I have lots of medical courses behind me from massage school and years of office skills worked in AT&T for many years before they decided to lay-off my entire unit. I just want to work at something I can use my brain on, and find interesting. Who would have thought that at this age I'd be looking into a new career so I can work "forever" LOL

Thanks again and keep in contact.

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new grad in Bremerton, Washington

68 months ago

LMAO. After a quick review of my very meager portfolio the decision to work until I drop dead really made itself. I do not have a choice if I'd like to be able to buy both food and medication when I reach Medicare age. At least this way I won't have to wear polyester pants and stand at the entrance to Walmart saying "Good Morning. Thank you for shopping at Walmart"....ROF

One word of advice....my school kept telling me not to worry about my GPA, but to concentrate on "learning" the material....I have learned that GPA is VERY Important when the job hunting begins.

Best of luck.

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new grad in Bremerton, Washington

68 months ago

Stacy, 29 Palms, CA in El Toro, California said: Thanks for the feedback!!! I looked into M-Tec already but I can't afford that course. I have been in touch with the US Career Institute and they are an accredited school. Would that course be ok?

Check out the AHDI website. There is a link there that gives you a listing of all the AHDI recommended programs, any one of which will qualify you for a Level I MT position. I personally went through Everett Community College who partners with Career Step. Career Step is probably the cheapest of all the "schools" but if you take that course by itself you will have a really rough time. Career Step is actually a product; it's a compilation of voice files from which you will transcribe, coupled with some "average-to-poor" textbooks. I'm not knocking Career Step; I graduated from their program, but with the added benefit of a community college training staff to supplement the "product". From what I've been told by Career Step students there is no syllabus and very little "mentoring" when you but the Career Step product by itself.

Good luck in your new career.

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carol_s in Manchester Township, New Jersey

68 months ago

Thanks for all of the helpful information. I'm really glad that I found this site. Not only did I get feedback but enjoy the community.

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Brandy

68 months ago

Hey, I am about to attend college to become an MT. A friend of mine works from home as an MT. I know it IS NOT a scam. She works for medquist. Yes they say that they PREFER not RECOMMEND a year of experience. It really depends on how much you know. I am only going to take a course that lasts for 4 months or less. Now I don't care about anyones opinions on that, but medquist isn't all about how long you went to college, but how much you know. Just say that there was a level and 500 was the highest score, but you know enough that makes your score a 400, most people will hire you. It doesn't all count on how long you attend college, its how much YOU know. Train yourself and take a course. Thats what I am going to do. What ever anyone has to say about that, it doesn't bother me. I have already talked with quite a few people. I know quite a bit already, but I am still taking my course to get my certificate. I already have a few places waiting on me to get my certificate and are already offering me jobs. I will be working from home. Thank you/

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ld in Peoria, Illinois

68 months ago

Stacy, 29 Palms, CA in El Toro, California said: Thanks for the feedback!!! I looked into M-Tec already but I can't afford that course. I have been in touch with the US Career Institute and they are an accredited school. Would that course be ok?

I just graduated from USCI. They are an accredited school, but they are not accredited by the ADHI, and that is what employers look for. It is kind of funny, because USCI provides more practice dictation than some of the ADHI approved schools. I am passing tests, but I have yet to land a job. My advice, skip USCI. It's not that the school is bad, but rather that it isn't well known.

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vtski in Westland, Michigan

67 months ago

I have been looking into taking an MT course for about two weeks. Going from sight to sight, gathering information from different schools that are recommended from all different sources. I have narrowed it down to three schools but I'm still waiting for that one piece of information that is truely honest about if anyone of these schools is the best choice. They are all comparable with minor differences but which one has had the most success. I do realize that not everyones experience is the same. But which one will give me the most out of their course to help me when I do need to find that job.
So for anyone that is out there with personal experience with any of these schools please pass it along.
Andrews, Everett, Career Step (this one really has me confused. There seems to be alot of people not impressed but they come highly recommend from other sources)

Thanks to all who reply

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new grad in Burlington, Washington

67 months ago

True, you can learn it for free; knowledge does't really cost anything, but you can't get a job without a credential. I just finished a course and didn't learn anything I didn't already know, but I had to have the piece of paper from an accredited school to prove it.

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new grad in Burlington, Washington

67 months ago

I just graduated from Everett/Career Step in December with high honors. I suffered the same confusion you are suffering now. Bottom line is that any of the schools listed on AHDI website as approved schools will get you the credential you need and will prepare you for a Level I MT position. Some of the schools tout 100% placement of their students. I personally find that very hard to believe. I chose Everett CC because I decided that at the end of the day I would at least have college credits to show for my money.....Career Step by itself is really just a product, a curriculum. It's comprised of a compilation of voice files of actual dictations with the personal information edited out, some fair-to-poor textbooks, a foot pedal and software, and a broad introduction into subject matter such as disease processes, grammar, etc. There are narratives about each subject followed by exercises and "tests". Everett CC uses the Career Step product but supplements it with additional education and feedback from practicing MTs and educators. I have heard that Career Step by itself offers no syllabus or time frame and very little "help" from actual people. Bottom line is none of the schools are going to find a job for you, no matter what they claim. I have been very lucky in that I found one right away. I graduated with high honors and I was actually contacted by an independent MT looking for someone to do her overflow work. Finding the first job after graduation is not easy, but possible if you persevere and have good grades. There is also an apprenticeship program offered through
AHDI for new grads.......Hope this helps.

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lovemybulldog in Issaquah, Washington

67 months ago

I am wondering what the average "at home" pay is and if it's freelance, meaning one week you make nothing and another you do OK. Also, are most of the positions part time or full time?

I am personally looking to get back into the medical field as a Physical Therapy Assistant (looking into programs now), but in all my research, came across this field as a great option for my niece, who is graduating high school this year and is looking to get a good introductory career in the healthcare field while she determines her long term education and career goals. Is it a good stepping stone for a future clinical or administrative career in healthcare?

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