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Medical Transcriptionist

Closed for Fall 2017

Length: 9 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Train to transcribe and edit patients’ medical information to create permanent records that have medical, legal and scientific value. Medical editors and transcriptionists work for hospitals, medical clinics and other agencies.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,572
Year 1 (International): $17,579

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a keyboard assessment. 

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

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SAIT trains medical transcriptionists to interpret, transcribe and edit medical dictation detailing patient health care during an illness or after an injury. The records produced by medical transcriptionists become permanent records of medical, scientific and legal value. Graduates of the Medical Transcriptionist program will have a unique blend of knowledge of biomedical and information sciences, legal aspects of health information and computer applications.

Program Details

Program Description

SAIT trains medical transcriptionists to interpret, transcribe and edit medical dictation detailing patient health care during an illness or after an injury. The records produced by medical transcriptionists become permanent records of medical, scientific and legal value. Graduates of the Medical Transcriptionist program will have a unique blend of knowledge of biomedical and information sciences, legal aspects of health information and computer applications.

The Medical Transcriptionist program is divided into two 15-week semesters at SAIT, and a four-week, unpaid practicum in the third semester at a healthcare site in or outside Calgary. While on campus at SAIT, students will learn in a classroom setting using real physicians' dictations.

Certain courses are available by correspondence and are marked by an asterisk (*) in the program outline. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Depending on the number of courses students complete by correspondence, they may be considered a part-time student which may impact their financial loan status. Students will require a personal computer with Internet access.

Your Career

Graduates are employed as medical transcriptionists or medical editors with various transcription services, hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, radiology and pathology departments, insurance companies, rehabilitation centres, worker compensation boards, cancer agencies, specialty clinics, specialized health care facilities, and sectors outside of health care.

Student Success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
  • Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English. Many students who do not have English as a first language (ESL students) encounter difficulties in this program. It is strongly recommended that ESL students discuss their potential for success with the program staff prior to applying.
  • Basic computer and keyboarding skills are necessary for this field. Applicants will be required to complete a keyboarding assessment (available at SAIT for a minimal fee). Applicants must keyboard at least 30 words per minute net or better for best success in the program.
  • Medical Transcriptionists enjoy working behind-the-scenes on a computer, have excellent typing and proofreading skills, prefer to have a flexible work schedule, and enjoy working independently or even from home.
  • Biology 30 is beneficial.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Medical Transcriptionist certificate.

Accreditation

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.
  • Selection is done on a continuous basis and will occur until the program is full. 
  • In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.

Selection Process

  • Qualified applicants will be required to complete a Keyboarding Skills assessment. The keyboarding assessment is a Pass/Fail exam. Applicants who are unable to type at least 30 words per minute net or better will not be eligible to continue in the selection process.
  • You will be contacted by the School of Health and Public Safety with more information on how to schedule the assessment through SAIT.
  • Applicants will be offered seats or placed on the waitlist in the order that successful keyboarding assessments have been received by the School of Health and Public Safety.

Step 4: Apply to Medical Transcriptionist and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete the Keyboarding Skills assessment after being contacted by the School of Health and Public Safety

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Practicum Requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as relocation and travel costs.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Updated Immunization Records: Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. Successful candidates will be asked to provide an up-to-date immunization record to the SAIT Health Clinic as part of the program orientation. Failure to do so could jeopardize a student's ability to complete the practicum portion of his/her program. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations. Please review the immunization process document for specific details. It is advised to start the immunization process early as it can take some time to complete.

  • Security Clearance: According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practica sites require that students obtain a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, prior to going on practicum. Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student's entry into practicum, and therefore will result in an uncompleted program or non-graduating status. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a clear Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check record to the School of Health and Public Safety main office by orientation day. Please review the security clearance process document for specific details. Be aware that record must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day (typically orientation day is held the week prior to the first day of class).

  • Health and Wellness Status: Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability. 

More details on the practica requirements per program are outlined on a pre-orientation website for successful candidates.

Courses

Program Outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • SAIT students are offered an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills in an online environment. One or more courses in this program are offered fully or partially online.

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ANPH-220 Anatomy and Applied Terminology 3.0
BCPT-240 Keyboard Skill Building 1 1.5
COMP-264* MS Office Basics 1.5
HILA-200* Health Information Law 1 1.5
HRSC-206 Patient Record Fundamentals 1.5
MDTR-200 Medical Transcription – Introduction 3.0
PATH-242* Pathophysiology I 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
HCPP-260 Healthcare Information Technology 3.0
MDTR-230 Medical Transcription-Intermediate 3.0
MDTR-260 Medical Transcription-Advanced 3.0
MEDT-250* Medical Terminology 2 1.5
PATH-252* Pathophysiology 2 3.0
PROF-240* Healthcare Professionalism 1.5
Semester 2 Total 15.0

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PRAC-351 Practicum for Medical Transcriptionist 1.5
Semester 3 Total 1.5
Program Total 31.5
* Available by correspondence and/or online learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses.

Please be advised that full-time student status requires students to take 60 per cent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by correspondence, a student may be considered a part-time student, which may impact his/her financial loan status.

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,609 $440 $523 $5,572

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $16,616 $440 $523 $17,579

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum including relocation costs to practicum sites outside Calgary.
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a police information check including Vulnerable Sector Check and is payable to the municipal police department or RCMP.
  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,600.
  • Students must have a personal computer and access to the Internet. Most classes are taught at SAIT, but some require online access. All courses require additional self‐study.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

The best way to learn how to interpret and transcribe important medical information is to combine theory with practice, says Lori. Students in the Medical Transcription program learn hands on to simulate working in the industry.

Lori Hanninen
Medical Transcriptionist | 2015

“It fills in the missing pieces when you do the practical work,” she says, adding that it’s a great career for independent workers and those who like to work from home.

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