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Certificate of Medical Transcription


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Medical transcription is an important allied health role that requires reviewing, editing and transcribing voice-recorded medical reports, dictated by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

The Certificate of Medical Transcription is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to work as a medical transcriptionist.

In this online medical transcription course, you will learn how to work in a range of medical contexts, such as a doctor’s office, clinics, public health facilities and hospitals.

You will develop your keyboard skills, learn how to understand and respond to instructions, communicate with a range of internal and external clients in a medical environment and discover how to transcribe successfully.

You will also learn how to use appropriate medical terminology and gather, organise and present workplace information and plan documents.

On completion of this course, you will feel confident to work as a medical transcriptionist in a variety of medical settings.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Keyboarding speed and accuracy

  • Touch typing techniques
  • Keyboard techniques
  • Using the keyboard
  • Identify and develop keyboard skills
  • Speed and accuracy
  • Use safe work practices
  • Ergonomic requirements
  • Workstations
  • Health and safety (OHS)
  • Mouse buttons and operations
  • Alpha keys and numeric keypad
  • Word screen
  • The ribbon
  • Quick access toolbar
  • Creating a new document
  • Document enhancement
  • Check accuracy
  • Proofread document
  • Correct document
  • Check spelling and grammar
  • Proofreading documents
  • Errors and corrections
  • Typing Test Standard: AS2708-2001.

Unit 2 - Produce texts from audio transcription

  • Prepare for audio transcription
  • Style, presentation and storage
  • Be organised and prepared
  • Clarify purpose and requirements
  • Requirements of audio transcription
  • Transcribe from an audio source
  • Produce texts
  • Edited transcription
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Verbatim transcription
  • Uses of dictations
  • Unclear speech
  • Clarify spelling of names
  • Clarify technical terms
  • Designated timelines
  • Self check for accuracy
  • Edit and revise text
  • Return draft for checking
  • Format, print and distribute
  • Use templates
  • Legislation codes

Unit 3 - Medical terminology

  • Receive and interpret medical terminology
  • Pronunciation
  • Medical words
  • Eponyms
  • Major human body systems
  • Illness, injuries and medical conditions
  • Investigations and procedures
  • Medical equipment and instruments
  • Medications
  • Specialist medical practitioners
  • Hospital departments
  • Checklists
  • Abbreviations
  • Dr’s abbreviations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Medical dictionary
  • Routine tasks
  • Ordering and receiving goods
  • Surgery types / terminology
  • Drug names
  • Surgical procedure references
  • Produce draft for verification

Unit 4 - Analyse and present information

  • Gather and organise information
  • 7 step model for useful model research
  • Information and data
  • Sources of information
  • Information from data bases
  • Workplace policies
  • Privacy and legislation
  • Online research
  • Non-electronic sources
  • Market research data
  • Using business technology
  • Digital technology
  • Protecting data
  • Define objectives of project
  • Define scope of the research
  • Research strategies
  • Key words and phrases
  • Search engines
  • Boolean searching
  • Methods of data analysis
  • Presenting the information

Unit 5 - Writing complex documents

  • Document planning
  • Business letters and documents
  • Purpose and audience
  • Format & communication
  • Structure and content
  • Action plan
  • Draft text
  • Graphics and graphs
  • Personal and impersonal writing
  • Report formats
  • Complex reports
  • Writing an outline
  • Check grammar spelling and style
  • Accuracy and punctuation
  • Acronyms
  • Revisions in final copy
  • Design document
  • Page layout
  • Citing sources
  • Quoting, paraphrasing and plagiarising
  • Copyright permission


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.

One (1) Typing Speed and Accuracy Test. This typing test is marked according to Australian Standards. Conditions apply.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Radiology Typist
  • Medical Administrator
  • Medical Typist



  • Best value option
  • Includes 12 months access


  • $180 deposit
  • $35/week
  • No credit checks required