email@example.com in Jefferson, Georgia said: You do not have to know a CNA's work but it would would help tremendously to know medical termiolgy, you will have to know how to transcribe.
A lot of the hospitals in my area require you to have a CNA license for this position, or you must be enrolled in a Nursing Assistant course. They combine the two, and make it one position, Unit Secretary/CNA. Medical Terminology is not always required, but it is preferred, and it helps if you have some experience. I had to take the class to get my Office Assistant Certificate, but experience working as a Medical Records Clerk was the best teacher. In my area, Unit Secretary's/Ward Clerks do not transcribe. You do enter all the patients required information into a database, such as physician orders, or prescriptions but it's typed, not transcribed. You actually have to have a degree to be a Medical Transcriptionist. Transcribing physicians dictated reports from a dictaphone into a database is a big responsibility, and there is no room for error. A report that has just even one typo can read differently, and have dire consequences for all those involved. My favorite thing about this career of choice is, a lot of companies have work from home positions if you choose, and the pay is good.