Online Medical Transcriptionist Training Course

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

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 and Ethics in Allied Health

Legal and ethical issues in the delivery of health care; the parts of tort and contract law that affect health care delivery; broad ideas concerning the functioning of the legal system.

Confidentiality in Allied Health

Basis of the confidentiality of health-care information collected; the laws regulating health-care information collected and maintained; how management of medical information affects the management.

Instruction Set 3

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, evaluating, and terminating employees; legal and medical issues; privacy issues.

Administrative Office Procedures

Task management; general business machines; telephone call management; business letter writing; electronic and print mail processing.

Math for The Office Professional

Whole numbers; fractions; decimals; percents and percentages; calculating income; gross pay versus net pay; hourly wages.

Instruction Set 4

Introduction to Medical Terminology

Common root words, prefixes and suffixes; determining the meaning of a medical term by analyzing its parts.

Cellular Anatomy/Integumentary and Musculoskeletal Systems

Introduction to medical terminology; chemistry/ laboratory; pharmacology; cells, tissues, and membranes; integumentary system; musculoskeletal system; blood and cardiovascular system; respiratory system; digestive system.

Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Digestive Systems

Structure and circulation; electrical conduction; major blood circuits; blood; cardiovascular and blood diseases; tests and procedures of the cardiovascular system and blood; anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system; breathing; disorders of the respiratory system; tests and procedures of the respiratory system; tissues of the GI tract; organs of the digestive system; pathology of the digestive system; tests and procedures of the digestive tract.

Instruction Set 5

Sensory Organs, Nervous System, and Endocrine System

Sense organs; nervous system; endocrine system; urinary/excretory system; male and female reproductive systems; lymphatic system; oncology and radiation; surgery and pathology; genetics.

Excretory, Reproductive, and Immune System

Anatomy and physiology of excretory, reproductive, and lymphatic systems; pathology of the urinary, reproductive, and lymphatic systems; tests and procedures of the urinary, reproductive, and lymphatic systems.

Medical Specialties

Oncology; radiology and nuclear medicine; surgery and pathology; genetics.

Instruction Set 6

Prescribers of Drugs

Professionals who are licensed to prescribe medications; types of medications prescribed.

Drug Information Sources

Types of professional pharmacy literature and delivery methods; official compendia required by law in pharmacies; common drug information sources.

Drug Classifications: Body Systems

Understanding the basics of pharmacology; understanding drug use; understanding prescriptions; drugs classified according to body system.

Instruction Set 7

Internet Basics

Commonly used browsers; how to use a browser; bookmarking; downloading files; receiving and sending email; search engines; plug-in and helper applications.

Microsoft® Word

Introducing Microsoft® Office Word; formatting; graphics and tables; themes, building blocks and mail merge.

Microsoft® Excel®

Basic elements and fundamentals; working with formulas and functions; working with charts and graphics; using and analyzing table data.

Instruction Set 8

Using the Parts of Speech

A description of the parts of a sentence; how to use the parts of speech to write effectively; subject-verb agreement; use of the active voice; effective use of modifiers; producing correct, polished writing for business; common grammatical problems.

Punctuation and Capitalization

Descriptions of punctuation marks and the purpose of each; using punctuation to properly document research sources; rules of capitalization.

Writing Sentences and Paragraphs

Writing complete, correctly structured sentences and unified, coherent paragraphs; sentence length and variety; avoiding run-ons and fragments; constructing organized paragraphs.

Improving Your Writing

Using particular patterns of organization, content, and language to most effectively convey a specific idea to a specific audience; revising, editing, and proofreading.

Types of Business Writing

Composing clear, courteous, and complete messages; formatting and etiquette for letters, email, memos, and forms.

Instruction Set 9

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


Computer Specifications
You will need access to high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 7 or later, or an Apple Mac computer running OS X or later, Microsoft® Office 2013, and an email account to complete your program with ICS Canada.

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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