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Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation Specialist
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.
Earning potential is production based, the faster you type the more you will make. Each company and contract is different and there is an initial learning curve. Some companies pay per audio minute or per dictated line. There are several factors that influence the answer to this question.
A few common ones are:
- Typing speed of the transcriptionist
- Experience of the transcriptionist
- Listening comprehension skills of the transcriptionist
- Word expanders used
- Types of reports that are involved
- Accent of the doctor
- Clarity of the audio
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.
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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 Windows 10 (or newer OS) 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.
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.
CanScribe offers the following payment plan options in Canadian;
- Full Payment - $3995
- All in One Package - $4595.
- Three Month Payment Plan - $1500 down and then 2 payments of $1397.50 (includes a $100 processing fee) for a total of $4295.
- Six Month Payment Plan - $1500 down and then 5 payments of $579 (includes a $200 processing fee) for a total of $4395.
- Twelve Month Payment Plans - $1000 down and then 11 payments of $317.72 (includes a $299.92 processing fee) for a total of $4494.92
Here are a few funding options for you to consider:
- Student loan or student line of credit through the bank. http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/student-solution/
- Government student loan.
- Withdraw from your RRSPs through the Lifelong Learning Plan: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/rrsp-reer/llp-reep/menu-eng.html
- Contact Service Canada for retraining options if you've been on EI in the last few years.
- See what scholarships may be available for you http://canscribe.com/scholarships/
We are the only approved school in CANADA for Medical Transcription. Our program is now the updated MT/HDS which includes the latest technology of training the on the Speech Recognition platform and electronic health records (EHR).
We have over 1,000 dictations in our course and almost 1200 hours of theory. You can claim your tuition on your taxes, we include the foot pedal and headset and because our practicum is industry approved, employers will waive the 2–5-year work experience prerequisite for a new MT because you are a CanScribe graduate. We job place assist for a lifetime, and we have real medical transcriptionist instructors who understand the curriculum.
We are recognized by the Ministry of Education so you can take out a student loan. We highly support our students throughout their program so our graduates are very successful and 88% of our graduates are hired right out of their practicum. The course does teach Speech Recognition. CanScribe includes SRT and the latest industry technologies in the course. We consistently work with the industry and employers to ensure we include all the relevant training information required to continue to produce top caliber graduates.
Do you offer job placement assistance? We do offer job placement assistance for life to our graduates. We do have relationships with employers throughout North America and Australia. Although we do not make the final decision on career placement, we do play a huge role in the decision-making process.
What I can tell you is CanScribe’s recommendations are highly respected in the industry and as a result end in career placement. We cannot fill the demand! Upon graduation we will direct graduates to employment sites via website links, post, and email graduates about employment opportunities. We also display internal job openings initially to CanScribe graduates along with resume and cover letter review and suggestions.
What are the computer requirements? Below is a check list of some computer requirements to look for when purchasing a new computer for your Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation program and career:
- PC computer (Mac is NOT compatible)
- 4-6 GB's memory-Intel Processor is preferred
- Windows 10
- Have high speed internet-Firefox 8.X or greater
- Adobe Flash Version 7 or greater
No! At least for the next one or two decades. Efforts in this regard began as early as 1936 and it was only in the early 1980's that the technology reached the commercial market. SRT also known as voice recognition (VR), automated speech recognition (ASR), continuous speech recognition (CSR), etc., is basically computer software that converts voice to text. Different people from around the world speak English in different accents with an accent similar to their mother tongue.
Voice recognition software needs to recognize these pronunciations. A lot of homework is needed to train the equipment before it can be used. Even well-trained equipment needs human intervention like editing, proofreading, and formatting. SRT cannot correct improper grammar, incorrect punctuation, incomplete dictation etc. Then there are many homonyms involved where the human brain processes and uses the appropriate words, while voice recognition software needs to prove their credibility in this regard. Background noise reduces the recognition accuracy. SRT may alleviate the tedious process of typing but it cannot completely be on its own without human intervention.
Currently, it is used as a similar application like macros or word expanders. There are 2 types of SRT; one is self-editing (front end) and the other is delayed (back end). With front end, the speaker dictates into the PC and the voice is converted to text concurrently and the dictator corrects the errors made by the software.
Doctors are reluctant to adapt to this system due to time constraints in their busy schedule. In back end SRT, which is commonly in use now with large hospitals and clinics, the voice to text conversion is done after the speaker has dictated, rather than simultaneously. Then an editor must listen to the voice file, edit for errors and proofread the draft. So in a nutshell, SRT can be a productivity enhancing tool to reduce turnaround times for the Medical Transcriptionist / Healthcare Documentation Specialist, but not replace them. You will be learning about this and editing in our program.
Some typical Virtual Assistant jobs we have seen our graduates get into include:
- General Administration – emails, phone calls, appointments, customer service
- Social Media – managing social media accounts for a business, influencer, or celebrity, answering messages, posting, sharing content
- Bookkeeping – accounting duties, payroll
- Marketing – tracking and analytics, creating and posting within social media platforms, buyer persona identification, advertising, website creation
Some VA’s will do only one of these things, others will do a mix, it is entirely up to you! The Virtual Assistant program covers all these areas so that you get the choice upon graduation as to which area you would like to pursue.
Students are expected to purchase a bundle pack of resources for the Virtual Assistant program. It includes the eBook: Administrative Professional: Technology and Procedures, 4th Edition + MindTap Instant Access (12 Months/Multi Term), 4th Edition.
We ask that students do not purchase this bundle until they are prompted to do so during the Virtual Assistant Program. This is the only way to ensure it is linked with all your other student information and the CanScribe specific MindTap.
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 dependent on your training, hours worked per week, 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 starting wage for a VA is around $20.00 per hour. The range varies depending on your specialization. Similar to that of an Administrative Assistant, the more experience and training you have, the more you can earn!
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. VA's commonly earn up to $29.84 within the first few years. With more training and experience, the more potential for growth you have!
We are very proud to offer unlimited resume and cover letter assistance to our VA graduates. After graduation, you can come back to CanScribe and we will help you reassess your resume and cover letter to ensure you stand out in the interview process! Whether you come back to us 2, 5, 10, or 20 years after graduation, we will be here to help. Unlimited truly means for life!
CanScribe also has many employment partners and is able to assist with job placement for this program. Our one employment partner alone has asked us for over 1000 graduates per year!
Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
Students must fulfill one of the following requirements:
- A minimum of 3-years experience working as a nurse, physician, or other regulated health professional OR
- A minimum of 3-years experience working as a Health Information Management professional, OR
- A minimum of 3-years experience working as a coder with knowledge in medical terminology.
Transcripts must be sent to CanScribe for proof of experience/certifications. Students must also complete our distance learning assessment and a grammar assessment.
A computer is required for the entire program. Computer requirements are as follows:
- Access to high-speed internet
- Minimum download speed of 15 megabits per second
- Minimum upload speed of 5 megabits per second
- A minimum of 8 gigabytes of RAM (Random Access Memory)
For Windows Operating Systems:
- Windows 10 or newer
- Google Chrome or Firefox
- Mac OS X Yosemite or newer
- Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
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