Online Healthcare Documentation Refresher Training

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Take the experience and training you’ve got and develop a rewarding career with Canscribe’s Healthcare Documentation Refresher

Upgrade Your Healthcare Documentation Specialist Skills in 4 Months*

If you’ve been working in the Healthcare Documentation field and/or done some formal training, upgrading your skills with CanScribe Career College’s Healthcare Documentation Refresher course can set you up for a busy, rewarding career in a few short months.

Who Is the Healthcare Documentation Refresher Course For?

This course is particularly for people who have:

✓ Previously completed a course but have limited work exposure in the industry
✓ Had experience in the field but have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time
✓ Had limited or no exposure to acute care and/or speech recognition technology

Why Should I Take the Healthcare Documentation Refresher Course?

CanScribe graduates are preferred among Healthcare Documentation Specialist (HDS) employers. One employer in particular states that over 70% of their workforce are CanScribe graduates, and they need more!

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Graduation and will become one of the sought after CanScribe alumni.

How Does the Job Market Look for Healthcare Documentation Specialists Right Now?

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

Because of CanScribe’s reputation in the Healthcare Documentation 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 employer requests from companies such as iMedX and M*Modal, just to name a few.

I just want to say I would highly recommend CanScribe's course to anyone who is considering the medical transcription field. The curriculum is widely recognized in the industry as one of the best. Because of the great reputation that CanScribe's students have, I was able to gain employment less than 1 week after I completed the practicum and have confidence in my ability and know I will succeed and continue to grow and learn. I want to thank CanScribe and all of the wonderful people who work there; they have all been really supportive.
Deb Amstein, 2008 High Honours Graduate

COURSE PREREQUISITES:

  • Grade 12 diploma or mature student (19 at start of course)
  • Copy of diploma if under 19
  • Graduation from an MT/HDS program, or previous HDS experience
  • Ability to pass a basic grammar test – 85%
  • Take the Distance Learning Assessment
  • PC with internet access

Chapter 1: Introduction
The student will be introduced to the transcription field and learn how the profession has evolved and advanced to current day.

Chapter 2: Program Orientation
The student will learn how the learning management system works and how to navigate and use built-in features. Instruction will be provided on use of the foot pedal, headset, and transcription platform. The student will be introduced to different learning styles, including tips on how to study and be successful with test taking. The student will also learn how to use Stedman’s Online.

Chapter 3: Computer Fundamentals
In this chapter the student will become familiar with basic computer skills, including the use of hardware, software, peripherals, and wireless technology; use of the internet as a resource; and use of various methods for data storage and networking.

Chapter 4: Microsoft Outlook
This chapter teaches the student how to use the features in Microsoft Outlook 2013/2016, and how to use ribbons, quick access toolbar, and navigation pane. The student learns how to address, compose, read, reply, forward, and format email messages.

Chapter 5: Microsoft Word
The purpose of this chapter is to teach the student available features in Microsoft Word 2013/2016 such as copy and paste, find and replace, and how to format documents. Students will learn how to use Word features to produce a professionally edited document.

Chapter 6: Microsoft Excel
This chapter is an introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013/2016. The student will learn about an electronic spreadsheet, the Excel program, what it can do, identify elements within the program, and understand basic terminology.

Chapter 7: Keyboarding Techniques
The purpose of this chapter is to familiarize the student with correct ergonomic setup and placement of the hands on the keyboard. The student will complete exercises to increase their keyboarding skill and speed, as well as an introduction to transcription.

Chapter 8: Grammar and Style
This chapter is a refresher of English grammar and punctuation rules. The student will be able to recognize and identify proper usage of English grammar and correctly punctuate sentences. The student will understand the difference between formal and medical grammar and style and why these differences are important in medical documentation.

Chapter 9: Medical Report Formatting
The purpose of this chapter is to educate the student on how to format medical records. Specifically, the chapter will cover report types, report components, formatting rules, and using resources effectively. The student will become familiar with specific topics that are included in different sections of reports.

Chapter 10: Body as a Whole
This chapter introduces medical terms by teaching the student word parts (combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes). The student will then be able to break down words to define terms and will begin transcribing simple medical sentences.

Chapter 11: Pharmacology
The student will be exposed to general pharmacology fundamentals, including development, administration, and schedules, and will learn the basics of drug nomenclature. The student will also be able to define the classification and function of different drug types and will learn how to effectively research medication names. The student will be able to properly format medication references in a patient record.

Chapter 12: EMDAT Launch

Chapter 13: Speech Recognition
The student will be introduced to speech recognition technology and the role in the health information management industry. The student will learn common myths associated with the emergence of SRT, the history of SRT, and how SRT works. The student will have a working understanding of the speech recognition engine and how medical transcription/healthcare documentation specialists and medical editors fit into SRT. Speech Recognition will be worked on from this point on in the program. The student will use an outside medical transcription/healthcare documentation platform to complete report editing for this chapter.

Chapter 14: Skeletal System
The student will learn the structure and function of the skeletal system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat skeletal disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the skeletal system.

Chapter 15: Muscular System
The student will learn the structure and function of the muscular system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat muscular disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the muscular system.

Chapter 16: Lymphatic System, Immunology, and Allergy
The student will learn the structure and function of the lymphatic system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat endocrine disease, immune diseases and allergies. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the lymphatic system.

Chapter 17: Endocrine System
The student will learn the structure and function of the endocrine system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat endocrine disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the endocrine system.

Chapter 18: Sensory System
The student will learn the structure and function of the sensory system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat sensory disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the sensory system.

Chapter 19: Preparing for Proficiency Improvement Evaluation 1 (PIE-1)
The purpose of this chapter is to provide exam information, including an overview of the exam, tips for preparing, and accessing the final examination. The student will work with an instructor, who will provide feedback in preparation for the exam.

Chapter 20: Proficiency Improvement Evaluation 1 (PIE-1)
The purpose of this chapter is to provide an opportunity for self-assessment after completion of the first part of the program.

Chapter 21: Text Expanders Launch

Chapter 22: Integumentary System
The student will learn the structure and function of the integumentary system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat integumentary disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the integumentary system.

Chapter 23: Cardiovascular System
The student will learn the structure and function of the cardiovascular system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat cardiovascular disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the cardiovascular system.

Chapter 24: Respiratory System
The student will learn the structure and function of the respiratory system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat respiratory disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the respiratory system.

Chapter 25: Gastrointestinal System
The student will learn the structure and function of the reproductive system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat reproductive disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the reproductive system.

Chapter 26: Genitourinary System
The student will learn the structure and function of the genitourinary system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat genitourinary disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the genitourinary system.

Chapter 27: Reproductive System
The student will learn the structure and function of the reproductive system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat reproductive disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the reproductive system.

Chapter 28: Nervous System
The student will learn the structure and function of the nervous system as well as common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat nervous disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the nervous system.

Chapter 29: Psychiatry
The student will learn the common diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat psychiatric disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to psychiatry. Students will use an outside medical transcription/healthcare documentation platform to complete report editing for this chapter.

Chapter 30: Oncology
The student will learn common causes, diseases, disorders, treatment modalities, and medications used to treat malignant disease. Common procedures and laboratory tests will be discussed. The student will learn combining forms and abbreviations pertaining to the oncology system.

Chapter 31: Surgical Documentation A & B
The student will learn the medical and surgical equipment names for all body systems and use these to create operative reports in this advanced unit. The student will become familiar with terms used in operative reports and the course of events when a patient is taken to the operating room for a procedure.

Chapter 32: Advanced A, B, & C
This chapter places the emphasis on dictations only. Students will find the dictations in these sets to be more challenging and contain more advanced terminology than those in previous chapters. These dictations will help prepare students for some of the more difficult dictations encountered in the working environment. Upon completion of this chapter, the student will be familiar with a variety challenging and acute care dictations. Section A is 46 hours, Section B is 46 hours, and Section C is 49 hours.

Chapter 33: Professional Issues
The student will learn the ethics and procedures that should be followed as a medical transcription/healthcare documentation specialist. The student will also discover the differences between an onsite employee and an independent contractor. Confidentiality and security issues will be discussed. Human resource materials will be covered to help the student understand how to present and conduct themselves in a professional manner.

Chapter 34: Career Development A & B
The student will obtain a basic knowledge of the electronic health record (EHR), understand the 8 core functions of the EHR, learn the advantages and issues surrounding implementation, and acquire an understanding of HIPAA and PIPEDA.

Chapter 35: Electronic Health Records (EHR)
This chapter introduces medical terms by teaching the student word parts (combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes). The student will then be able to break down words to define terms and will begin transcribing simple medical sentences.

Chapter 36: Preparing for Proficiency Improvement Evaluation 2 (PIE-2)
This chapter introduces medical terms by teaching the student word parts (combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes). The student will then be able to break down words to define terms and will begin transcribing simple medical sentences.

Chapter 37: Proficiency Improvement Evaluation 2 (PIE-2)
The purpose of this chapter is to provide exam information, including an overview of the exam, tips for preparing for the exam, and accessing the final examination. The student will work with an instructor, who will provide feedback in preparation for the exam.

Chapter 38: Practicum Preparation/Fluency Platform Launch
This session is intended to prepare the student for the practicum. Once students have received the initial practicum instructions from Student Services, they will be contacted by their practicum supervisor (mentor) via email. They will receive a request for an interview and will be provided information to attend an orientation session, based on the platform they will be using for the practicum (EMDAT or Fluency). Upon completion of the interview, the student will need to download the platform software, and attend an instructor-led orientation session. After completion of the orientation the supervisor sends the student an email containing their platform access information, as well as necessary documentation such as account specifics, user guides, interview tips, orientation summary, practicum chat instructions, and practicum instructions. The student will then begin transcribing in their respective platform. This pertains to CanScribe practicum students only.

Chapter 39: Practicum (Practical Work Experience)
This session is intended to help the student transition from the educational world into the “real” world of a working medical transcription/healthcare documentation specialist. The student will have the opportunity to participate in an interview process and are assigned a supervisor for the entire practicum.

Chapter 40: Preparing for Proficiency Improvement Evaluation 3 (PIE-3)
Upon completion of this chapter, the student will be better prepared to sit the exam.

Chapter 41: Proficiency Improvement Evaluation 3 (PIE-3)
The purpose of this chapter is to provide an opportunity for self-assessment after completion of the program.

COURSE FEES

The CanScribe Career College Administrative Assistant/Virtual Assistant course tuition includes everything you need to launch a career as an administrative professional. This includes your textbook, word expansion software and lifetime resume and cover letter assistance.

The cost of the course is only $2750.00. We offer a 3-month payment plan, and we accept Visa, MasterCard, certified cheques, and money orders.

Pre Entrance Exam Fee:$250.00

Note: you will receive a $250 credit towards the HDS Refresher course upon successful completion of the entry exam. If you are unsuccessful in the entry exam you will receive a $250 credit upon enrolling in the regular HDS course.

Registration Fee:$250.00
Tuition Fee:$1700.00
Supplies/Materials:$800.00
Total:$2750.00

FINANCING OPTIONS

3-Month Payment Plan

$250 for the exam, $1500 down and then 2 payments of $550(includes a $100 processing fee) for a total of $2850.00

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

If you take the course on campus, everything is provided.

If you take the course as distance learning, you will need a Windows PC, which is the standard in the MT/HDS workforce, and Internet access with Javascript and cookies enabled. The recommended OS is Windows 10. Windows Vista or earlier is not supported.

You must have a computer with speakers and Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word and Excel) on your computer. Included with your MT/HDS course are a foot pedal and a headset. Both of these items connect to your PC through USB. We recommend that you have a minimum of 4 USB ports accessible on your PC. If your PC does not contain the minimum suggestion of 4 USB ports, we recommend purchasing a USB hub at your local computer supply store, to allow access for all your devices.

We also recommend that you use the latest version of either Firefox or Chrome as your browser.

Do you have Adobe Flash Version 7 or greater? Find out and download the latest version here.

INTERNET SPEED

It is recommended that you have high speed internet access. This is not a requirement to take the course, but if you are interested in working from home, all employers require high-speed Internet. This means you have a download speed of 15 megabits per second and an upload speed of 5 megabits per second.

The supplies included with your MT/HDS course are a foot pedal and a headset. Both of these items connect to your PC through USB. We recommend that you have a minimum of 4 USB ports accessible on your PC. If your PC does not contain the minimum suggestion of 4 USB ports, we recommend purchasing a USB Hub at your local computer supply store, to allow access for all your devices.

How much can I earn as a Healthcare Documentation Specialist?

Most onsite positions are based on either an hourly rate or annual salary. An onsite entry level MT/HDS 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.

Days
Worked
Per Week
Number of Lines Typed Per Day
500 1000 1500 2000
2 $5,200 $10,400 $15,600 $20,800
3 $7,800 $15,600 $23,400 $31,200
4 $10,400 $20,800 $31,200 $41,600
5 $13,000 $26,000 $39,000 $52,000

This productivity chart will give you an idea of what you can expect to make editing speech recognition documents. This is figured with a rate of 7 cents per line. The dollar figure is the Gross Annual Income.

Days
Worked
Per Week
Number of Lines Typed Per Day
750 1000 2000 2500
2 $5,460 $7,280 $14,560 $18,200
3 $8,190 $10,920 $21,840 $27,300
4 $10,920 $14,560 $29,120 $36,400
5 $13,650 $18,200 $36,400 $45,500


How long does it take to complete the course?
The course takes approximately 400 hours to complete. You will have access to the course for a full 4 months.

You can work at your own pace and complete the course in a faster timeline, especially if you have previous medical experience.

After completion of the course, you will become fully qualified to work as a professional Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist.


Is CanScribe Career College an accredited school?

As the only school in Canada to have its MT/HDS program approved by the 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 ensures that you receive a high quality education that truly prepares you for employment.


How much actual medical transcription practice is included in the course?
There are over 450 authentic doctor dictated reports for you to transcribe. These include reports from a huge cross-section of medical specialties covering all work types. As you progress in your studies and gain further knowledge and skills, the reports increase in difficulty.

What are the benefits of taking an online course?

As many professional MT/HDSs work online, it makes perfect sense to train in that same environment.

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

Our online Healthcare Documentation Refresher 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 Center – 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.

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CanScribe’s HDS Refresher Course Is PTIB Designated

Over 51,000 students enroll in private training institutions in B.C. each year. Students are trained for a broad range of occupations from sound and audio technicians to licensed practical nurses to commercial pilots.

The sector is regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), which is responsible for:

Is a Rewarding Career in Healthcare Documentation Right for You?
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*Program length when completed in normal time