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How Do You Get Around the Experience Requirements for Medical Transcription?

Apr 6, 2008
One of the most intimidating things for many people looking into medical transcription as a work at home career is the high percentage of jobs that require 2-3 years' experience before an employer will consider you.

Or so they say on the Careers page of their websites. If you make the right choice with your medical transcription education, fortunately, you can get around that.

There are 3 main schools that employers have come to trust. These are the Andrews School, M-Tec and Career Step. Each of these schools has a medical transcription education program that is sufficient to help students reach a level of skill that employers can trust. Your skill level matters far more than your experience level, once you get employers looking at you.

Attending one of these schools is one of the best ways to get that first bit of attention. Each of the schools has a reputation with employers, who know that their graduates are worth testing.

Yes, testing. Even if you graduate from one of these programs you will need to prove to potential employers that you have the skills the courses taught you. You may be able to find out from your school which employers are most willing to consider their graduates for positions.

My own personal favorite is Career Step, and there are a two simple reasons for that. The first is that they cost less than the other two programs. The second is that I personally know several Career Step graduates who landed medical transcription jobs after graduation. There's just not much more you need to ask for when you want to work in a particular field.

Yes, there are many, many other medical transcription schools out there. However, many have dreadful reputations with employers. Some teach skills that have absolutely no relevance to what you would actually be doing as a medical transcriptionist. And of course many just don't give you the quality of education you need in order to be employable.

Choosing the right program to go through is just one of the keys. The other should be obvious: Take full advantage of the program you sign up for and study hard.

Learning to be a medical transcriptionist is not a simple thing, even for those who have medical backgrounds. There's a lot to learn, and you will continue learning throughout your career. It's best to start with good study and work habits that will help you throughout your career. The better you do on tests when you're studying, the more likely you are to test well after graduation. Take your education seriously to make the most of it.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster runs http://www.medicaltranscriptionbasics.com/ for people who want to get their medical transcription training started. She offers more tips on choosing the right medical transcription school at her site.
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