Medical Transcription: A Work from Home Career
Anyone who’s in the market for home-based careers will know how hard it can to find genuine
opportunities amidst all the scams. When everybody, but everybody seems to want a piece of your hard
earned money or personal information in exchange for a “home-based job”, it can easily make you
believe that work-at-home careers are a myth.
The truth is working from home is a more real possibility than you think. It’s all about separating the grain
from the chaff or finding that one genuine opportunity that promises you the comfort of knowing you’re not
being made a fool of and brings in a steady stream of income.
If you’re still wondering whether such a job actually exists, let us tell you it does and it’s called medical
What is medical transcription?
Medical transcription may be low-key, but it’s an important function in the healthcare industry. Medical
transcriptionists (MTs) listen to taped dictations by doctors and other healthcare practitioners and convert
them into written text.
The documentation prepared by medical transcriptionists includes medical and diagnostic reports,
progress reports, autopsy reports, patient history, discharge summaries, patient referrals, medical
correspondence, and administrative material.
How does medical transcription happen?
There was a time when doctors used mini cassettes to tape their dictations. Medical transcriptionists
listened to these tapes using a headset and keyed the text into a word processor.
With advances in technology, the way medical transcription is done has also become a lot more
advanced and sophisticated. Most physicians now give digital dictations that are sent to medical
transcriptionist over the Internet. Once transcribed, the reports are either emailed or uploaded directly on
to the client’s server by the MT.
Another modern innovation in the medical transcription industry that is increasingly becoming popular is
speech recognition software, which transcribes spoken word into written text and creates drafts of reports.
The need for a medical transcriptionist, in this case, arises when these drafts have to be reviewed and
How do I become a medical transcriptionist?
Medical transcription is a highly specialized job and like any other specialized job, it has its own demands
so far as the necessary skillset is concerned.
To perform the job well, a medical transcriptionist needs a more than working knowledge of medical
terminology, pharmacology, anatomy, medical records, etc. that only a formal medical transcription
training program can provide.
Additionally, medical transcriptionists should also know shorthand and have excellent English language,
grammar, editing and proof-reading, and typing skills.
Where can I get medical transcription training?
You can get your medical transcription training from a community college or an online vocational school.
Training program at an online medical transcription school will likely be more affordable and offer greater
flexibility in terms of schedule and pace of learning.
Once you are through with your medical transcription training, you should also look to get professional
certification. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) offers two voluntary
certifications that can positively impact both your marketability and paycheck. The two AHDI designations
1. Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT)
2. Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT)
Note that it is mandatory to have at least two years of acute care experience for the CMT credential, so
it’s more of an advanced-level certification that you can consider for career development at a later point in
How do I start working from home as an MT?
As soon as you complete your medical transcriptionist training, you should start scouting for companies
that hire home-based professionals.
Keep in mind that some companies may ask for prior experience before taking you on board, but some
may be willing to hire people with zero experience in medical transcription, especially if they have
After you have a list of such companies, start marketing yourself and before you know it, an opportunity
will come knocking on your door!