Choosing a School: Stay Local or Go Accredited?
If you’re considering beginning a new career in Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation, you’re probably trying to find a school that’s right for you. You might be tempted to choose a local school for a number of factors. Your local school may offer affordable tuition rates in in-class lessons, making it quite an appealing choice. We all know that it’s great to “support local”, but when it comes to choosing a school, sometimes local isn’t always the best option.
Although local schools may be more affordable and closer to home, they might not be accredited.
When it comes to employment in the Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation field, you will need formal training from a recognized and reputable institution that’s accredited by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.
What does it mean to be accredited?
Accredited schools are responsible for establishing high education standards. They are held to very strict guidelines by the ADHI and are audited regularly to ensure they are operating up to standard. Some areas that are audited include enrollment numbers, graduate success rates, complaints, financial viability, employment rates, staff training… and much more.
While lots of schools who offer courses in Medical Transcription maintain their status as an educational institution, many are not approved by the Association of Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the governing body of Medical Transcriptionists. If your school is not accredited, you’re likely to have a hard time finding employment upon graduation. The vast majority of Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation employers will only hire applicants who have graduated from an accredited institution.
“If my local college offers a Medical Transcription course, then it should prepare me for a career in Medical Transcription”
We commonly see students who have previously studied Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation at their local colleges, only to later realize that a college certificate isn’t always recognized by employers within the Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation industry. Just because you’ve studied at a reputable school doesn’t mean your certificate is recognized by the AHDI. Think about it this way: just because you have taken a law course doesn’t mean you can now become a lawyer.
If you plan on applying for financial aid, you’ll need to make sure you are enrolling with an accredited school; if a school is not accredited, most funders will not provide financial aid. Moreover, some employers will not hire someone with a certificate from a school that is not accredited.
Enrolling with an accredited school will ensure you are receiving quality education that truly prepares you for employment.
CanScribe Career College is considered to be one of the most trusted training programs in the industry. As the only school in Canada to have its MT/HDS program approved by AHDI, our students are sure to receive a top-quality educational experience. We also have an A+ Standing with the Better Business Bureau, which helps to prove how much pride we take in our customer service. This is just one of the reasons that our graduates go on to have long and successful careers as Medical Transcriptionists / Healthcare Documentation Specialists.
To find a list of accredited Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation institutions with the AHDI, please click here.