Online Medical Transcriptionist Training Course

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Program Overview

The ICS Canada Medical Transcriptionist training program can help you take the first step towards a new career, and includes access to dictation and editing exercises. Complete your online Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma training course in as little as nine months. ICS Canada can help you train at home or on the go, and at a pace that's right for you.

With ICS Canada, you can develop skills using online simulations, and learn about speech recognition software and its impact on the medical transcription industry.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students for an entry-level career in medical transcription.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Transcribe and interpret the dictation into diagnostic test results, operative reports, referral letters, and other documents
  • Review and edit drafts prepared by speech recognition software, ensuring that the transcription is correct, complete, and has a consistent style
  • Translate medical abbreviations and jargon into the appropriate long form
  • Identify inconsistencies, errors, and missing information within a report that could compromise patient care
  • Follow up with the healthcare provider to ensure the accuracy of the reports
  • Submit health records for physicians to approve
  • Follow patient confidentiality guidelines and legal documentation requirements
  • Perform quality improvement audits

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Introduction to Health Care

History of medicine; health care in Canada; medical insurance and third-party payers; technology in health care; role of health information management professionals in health care; working in health information management; professional organizations.

Instruction Set 2

Law in Allied Health

Examine civil and criminal law, sources of law, and the steps of litigation; Distinguish between liability, negligence, and malpractice and explain how they relate to health care professionals; Explain defenses against medical malpractice and against criminal charges.

Ethics in Allied Health

Identify the various ethical issues that health care professionals face; Discuss contemporary medical issues such as medical care access, experimentation, paternalism and autonomy, and organ transplants; Discuss ethical issues regarding death, the right to die, and assisted suicide.

Confidentiality in Allied Health

Explain the uses and content of medical records; Describe the legal significance of confidentiality obligations, Explain the core concepts of HIPAA’s final Privacy Rule; Summarize the role of peer review in confidentiality issues; Describe confidentiality and security issues related to electronic medical records.

Instruction Set 3

Office Finances

Office finance concepts; income; expenses; the computer and office finances; banking procedures.

Medical Insurance

Introductions to medical insurance; types of insurance; insurance terminology; the insurance claim process; specific insurance carriers.

Instruction Set 4

Basic Math in Allied Health

Identify and name decimal place values; Convert measurements in the metric system and for foreign currencies; Identify prefixes of the metric system; Use percent to calculate percent increase or decrease, interest rate, sales tax, discounts, shipping charges, and base price; Identify the six steps for problem solving; Calculate the following values: three types of averages, deductions from a paycheck, and simple and compound interest.

Basic Grammar in Allied Health

Identify and use parts of speech; Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of sentence structure; Explain and identify subject-verb agreement; Identify and correct grammatical errors in sentences; Use end marks, commas, and other common punctuation marks; Use capitalization correctly.

Professional Communications

Identify the correct way to answer and place interoffice, long-distance, and conference calls; List and describe at least six components of effective oral communication; Identify the correct way to process incoming and outgoing mail; Process routine information requests and correspondence; Assist in writing well-structured letters that are professional in appearance; Correctly format, compose, and address business letters; Describe the purpose and format of memos; Identify the correct way to organize an email message; Explain safe and effective uses of email.

Basic Word and Excel

Create new Word documents and Excel spreadsheets; Edit and format existing documents and spreadsheets; Add graphics and tables to Word documents; Create charts; Use formulas and functions.

Instruction Set 5

Introduction to Medical Terminology and the Human Body

Explain how root words (and their combining forms), prefixes, and suffixes function in medical terms; Define many of the most common roots, prefixes, and suffixes; Determine the meaning of a given medical term by analyzing its parts; Identify the anatomical position and directional terms, as well as the three planes, four quadrants, and nine regions of the body; Describe the body sciences of nutrition and homeostasis; Describe the organization and formation of the human body from cells to body systems.

Integumentary and Musculoskeletal Systems

Explain the anatomy and function of the integumentary system and musculoskeletal system; List diseases of the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems; Identify tests and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems; Use combining forms to build and analyze terms related to cellular anatomy, the integumentary system, and the musculoskeletal system.

Hematic, Lymphatic and Immune, and Cardiovascular Systems

Explain the anatomy and function of the hematic, lymphatic, immune, and cardiovascular systems; List diseases of the hematic, lymphatic, immune, and cardiovascular systems; Identify tests and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the hematic, lymphatic, immune, and cardiovascular systems; Use combining forms to build and analyze terms related to the of the hematic, lymphatic, immune, and cardiovascular systems.

Instruction Set 6

Respiratory, Digestive, and Nervous Systems

Explain the anatomy and function of the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems; List the diseases of the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems; Identify tests and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems; Use combining forms to build and analyze terms related to the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems.

Endocrine, Reproductive, and Excretory systems

Explain the anatomy and function of the endocrine, reproductive and excretory systems; List diseases of the endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems; Identify tests and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems; Use combining forms to build and analyze terms related to the endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems.

Sensory Organs and Medical Specialties

Explain the anatomy and function of the sensory organs; List diseases of the sensory organs; Identify tests and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the sensory organs and the nervous system; Use combining forms to build and analyze terms related to the sensory organs; Differentiate between tumor types and explain how cancer develops; Classify cancers and describe the major methods of cancer treatment; Identify radiographic procedures and outline the types and uses of nuclear medicine tests; Summarize surgical methods and pathological processes; Describe the application of genetics to the study of diseases.

Instruction Set 7

Introduction to Pharmacology

Define the basic elements of pharmacology; Understand basics of drug regulation agencies and enforcement.


Identify common drugs, drug names, drug references, routes and forms of drug administration, and drug classification related to body systems; Define drug action and effect according to specific classifications.

Introduction to Pathology

Define the basic elements of pathology.


Identify tests and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of body systems; Identify basic surgical procedures.

Instruction Set 8

Medical Transcription 1

Technical and legal aspects of medical transcription; career opportunities available in the field; transcribing, editing, and formatting various types of medical records; hands-on practical exercises in medical transcription with emphasis on spelling, word usage, punctuation, sentence structure, format, and appearance.

Additional Material

Textbook: Healthcare Documentation: Fundamentals and Practice

Learning Aid: Medical Transcription Practice Dictation Files

Instruction Set 9

Medical Transcription 2

In this course, you will use online simulations to continue practicing how to transcribe and edit a variety of medical and business documents and reports.


  • Examine the tools that medical transcriptionists use.
  • Learn the process of proofreading, making corrections, and conducting quality assurance.
  • Proofread and edit transcribed documents for correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, usage, and formats.
  • Transcribe numbers, figures, and abbreviations.
  • Prepare various types of transcribed medical documents and reports, such as outpatient medical chart notes, daily progress notes, history and physical examination reports, discharge summaries, operative reports, consultation reports, pathology reports, radiology and imaging reports, autopsy reports, medico-legal reports, pathology reports, and psychiatric reports.
  • Compose medical letters and business documents, such as emails, memos, agendas, minutes, and policies.
  • Examine legal and ethical issues associated with medical transcription.
  • Use reference materials to look up correct medical spelling, the correct spelling of medications or drugs, and the correct dictation of laboratory terms and values.
  • Contemplate and plan a career as a medical transcriptionist.
Additional Material

Textbook: Medical Transcription: Techniques and Procedures

Learning Aid: Online Medical Transcription Simulations

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later, Microsoft® Office 365, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Transfer Credits & Graduate Sooner

ICS Canada will evaluate transfer credits for any component of the Medical Transcriptionist program upon receipt of acceptable prior academic documentation.

Sample Lesson

To view a Medical Transcriptionist sample lesson, click here.

Medical Transcriptionist Training Course Details

In the ICS Canada Medical Transcriptionist online training program you'll cover topics such as:

  • How to produce medical reports and documents
  • Discharge summaries
  • History and physical examination reports
  • Operative and autopsy reports
  • Diagnostic imaging studies
Online medical transcription courses

Here are several qualities that competent medical transcriptionists have in common:

  • Organized: Transcribers need to keep confidential health information in the right places.
  • Dependable: Doctors and other professionals rely on you to send them the right information on time.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Attentive: You pay close attention to others and quickly understand discussions.
  • Communicative: You can interpret information from reading and listening so it is easily understood.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Can I transfer previously earned credits to the ICS Canada Medical Transcriptionist Career Diploma program?

Yes, you may be able to receive advanced academic credit for some courses within the program, which means you can move through your curriculum faster and earn your career diploma sooner. Learn more about our transfer credit policy.

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