Frequently Asked Questions

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1How does the job market look for Medical Transcriptionists/Healthcare Documentation Specialists?

There is currently a huge demand for CanScribe Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist (MT/HDS) graduates. With international services hiring and an aging population, there is no end in sight for the continuing need for CanScribe graduates. Employment of MT/HDS grads is projected to grow even faster than the average over the next few years.

Because of CanScribe’s reputation in the MT/HDS industry, 85% of our grads find employment within first two weeks after graduating. Our grads are in such high demand that we cannot keep up with the employer requests from companies such as iMedX and M*Modal, just to name a few.

2How much can I earn as a Medical Transcriptionist/Healthcare Documentation Specialist?

Most onsite positions are based on either an hourly rate or annual salary. An onsite entry level Medical Transcriptionist/Healthcare Documentation Specialist can expect to receive anywhere from $12 – $19 an hour.

Most at-home positions are based on productivity. Depending upon how you choose to work and how productive you are, you can augment the family income by a few hundred dollars a month or earn more than $40,000 per year – and your earning potential should increase with every year you work.

This productivity chart will give you an idea of what you can expect to make from performing traditional medical transcription/healthcare documentation – translating oral dictation. This is figured at a rate of 10 cents per line. The dollar figure is the Gross Annual Income.

For more detailed information about the MT/HDS program, program page.

3What industries can I work in as an Administrative Assistant/Virtual Assistant?
One of the best parts of working as an Administrative Assistant/Virtual Assistant (AA/VA) is that you can choose to work in any industry! Whether you want to work for a car dealership, in a lawyers office, or in the real estate industry, the choice is yours! Becoming an AA/VA gives you the flexibility to find the right company to suit your needs.
4How much can I earn as an Administrative Assistant/Virtual Assistant?


Glassdoor estimates that the Canadian national average in Canada for an Administrative Assistant is around $44,000 per year. They also estimate that you can earn between $30,000 and $57,000 which is dependant on your training and experience levels. As you gain more experience you can move into the Executive Assistant role, which has a median salary of $54,000 and a range between $37,000 and $84,000.

Virtual Assistants are more often paid hourly as contractors working from home. Payscale estimates the median hourly wage for a VA is around $20.00 per hour. The range varies between $13.70 and $34.77 per hour. Similar to that of an Administrative Assistant, the more experience and training you have, the more you can earn!

United States

Payscale states that the median hourly wage for an Administrative Assistant is around $15.00 with an average range between $11.44 and $21.36 per hour.

Virtual Assistants earn a median hourly wage of $15.80 as reported by Payscale. They also have an average range between $10.16 and $29.84. With more training and experience, the more potential for growth you have!

For more detailed information about the AA/VA program, please visit the program page.

5What are the benefits of taking online courses?

As many professional Medical Transcriptionists/Healthcare Documentation Specialists work online, it makes perfect sense to train in that same environment.

Online learning offers a great opportunity to improve your computer skills and develop your medical transcription/healthcare documentation skills and knowledge faster.

Our online course is separated into chapters and sessions, threading course topics throughout, while offering these unique features:

Pronunciation Words – Thousands of medical terms are available through your Stedman’s license.

Automatic Graders – Exercises and tests are graded for you. Test scores are stored in the grade book for your review. Graders are precise, encouraging you to further develop your typing skills and attention to detail.

Modern Technology – Our online course uses the newest in transcription technology, allowing you to play dictation files via proprietary software and assess your reports. A transcription foot pedal and headset are included with the course. No other equipment is required.

Communications Centre – The online course includes its own forums and chat rooms available to all students. This gives you access to communicate with other online students and CanScribe staff.

24-Hour Access – The online course is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can study whenever you want to.

6What equipment do I need?

If you take courses on campus, everything is provided.

If you take courses as distance learning, you will need a computer and Internet access. You must have a computer with speakers, an available USB port, and Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word and Excel) loaded onto your computer.

We also recommend that you have high-speed Internet. This is not a requirement to take our courses, but if you are interested in working from home, all employers require high-speed Internet.

7Is CanScribe Career College an accredited school, and does that even matter?

As the only school in Canada to have its Medical Transcriptionist/Healthcare Documentation Specialist program approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), our students are sure to receive a top-quality educational experience. We are held to very strict guidelines by the AHDI and are audited regularly to ensure we are operating up to standard.

CanScribe also holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a past Torch Award Winner for Marketplace Excellence.

Enrolling with an accredited school like CanScribe does matter. That ensures that you are receiving a high quality education that truly prepares you for employment.

8Is a Rewarding Healthcare or Business Career Right for You? Get More Information…

If you’re interested in learning more about a career in Healthcare Documentation or Administrative Assisting and exploring whether online distance education is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

A helpful CanScribe Career College Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions and can help with everything from career paths to financial aid.



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