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Re: Choosing a MT school [Re: rxtech] #11467
08/19/10 07:35 PM
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Career Step was a great choice for me. The staff is very hands on and they work with over 700 different MT companies to help get you placed as soon as you graduate. wink

Re: Choosing a MT school [Re: hgriffin57] #13214
09/10/11 03:13 PM
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Hello All! I am new to this site. I am a stay at home mom and am interested in becoming a medical transcriptionist. I am having a difficult time choosing which school to sign up with. I was in the last steps of signing with Career Step and then I realized that they weren't accredited. I would really feel more comfortable taking courses with an accredited school. I am now considering Allied Schools. Does any one have any suggestions/comments about any schools? I would appreciate the help. Also, does anyone know of a school that also offers editing along with medical transcription, besides Career Step? Another question for all the MTs out there...is now even a good time to enter this field? Thanks!

Re: Choosing a MT school [Re: Moat] #13215
09/10/11 03:43 PM
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Hi Moat,

Being "accredited" by the State has nothing to do with whether it is a good school--at least in the sense of whether you will learn what you need to learn to be able to get and keep an MT position. The states are looking for different criteria.

My suggestion would be to go to www.ahdionling.org and choose one of their approved schools. These schools have been reviewed by this organization's very knowledgeable MTs and have passed the minimum standards to be approved. There are differences even among these schools, so research carefully. Find out what you get for your money--some schools furnish equipment and books as part of their tuition and some do not.

Also, do not go with a school where you are transcribing with tapes--they are almost completely obsolete (example: I was at an MT symposium and I took a poll--this was 2009--and asked how many people used tapes to transcribe. Out of 50 people, 3 raised their hands). I would assume that all of the AHDI-approved schools would require that you use the AHDI Book of Style, 3rd edition. This is a must for MTs.

There are other schools that offer editing among the AHDI-approved schools.

As far as whether this is a good time to get into the field---wages have dropped dramatically in the past 5 years. It is also hard for newbies to get work because many services want people with at least 2 years of experience. You are paid by the line and the line rates these days are the same as they were 15 years ago--around 7-8 cents per line. As you get more experience you can make more money and a small percentage make a decent wage, but the majority of MTs do not. There is a lot of pressure to make a certain line count. In addition, with many of the national services you are usually given multiple accounts and so it is difficult (especially for a newbie) to get any traction to get your line count up when you are constantly being given different dictators on a daily basis. Some services are better about that than others.

Anyone who has come into the field in the last 5 years or so doesn't remember the "gravy" days when you actually got paid a decent salary commensurate with what you were required to know, but I could now work at Wal-Mart and make about the same.

It was nice to be able to stay home with my children, though, so if you are willing to make less than you should be to do this job in order to stay home with them and your spouse has good benefits, you might make out okay. The national services have insurance but it is very expensive.

Not trying to be a downer, just a realist.


kkb (Karyn), who considers herself a newbie and still remembers what it was like to be a newbie!
Re: Choosing a MT school [Re: kkb] #13216
09/10/11 05:04 PM
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kkb,

Thank you so much for your response! As far as accredited goes, I was hoping to do online schooling and I came across an accrediting agency called DETC or Distance Education and Training Council. DETC is a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Allied Schools is accredited by them. I guess the accreditation makes me feel more comfortable in the school itself. I spoke with someone who basically explained to me that if you go to a school that isn't accredited then your certificate/diploma is basically worthless or not valid. However, I realize that with MT schooling you can take a certification exam to basically have a paper to show you are certified as an MT. My husband and I are struggling to figure out if it really matters for me to go to an accredited school or not.

I have been to the AHDI website. That site seems to provide useful information. Thanks for the information about AHDI and the approved schools. Also, thanks for the tip about the tapes.

I hope I will make the best decision in choosing the right school. I appreciate your honesty with wages and the career field now. I would love to be able to continue to stay at home with my son and contribute to the household income.

Any other comments are welcome! Thank you!

Re: Choosing a MT school [Re: Moat] #13219
09/11/11 02:26 AM
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I'll send you a PM.


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