Becoming a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT)

A Career As A Certified Medical Transcriptionist

Certified Medical TranscriptionistIn a prior blog, I mentioned some of the perks of health care certification – more money, greater opportunities for career advancement and more choices of jobs in general.

A career as a medical transcriptionist, an individual who transcribes handwritten medical records into typewritten or computerized ones, is a perfect example of a career in which certification has its privileges.

In order to become officially certified and eligible to use the “CMT” title, one must pass an examination by the Association for Healthcare Documentary Integrity (AHDI) which used to be the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT). Confused yet?

The important thing to remember is that no matter how you get your training – on-the-job, online, at a community college or at high school night school or one of the many top health care schools, a CMT certification shows that you are knowledgeable in medical transcription and therefore a valuable asset to the clinical work environment.

The AHDI, via their website, states that while all individuals are eligible to take the certification exam, they strongly recommend it for medical transcriptionists with at least two years of transcription experience in an acute care setting (i.e. a hospital).

A training provider for the medical transcription industry recently unveiled an online training program to give medical transcripionists an edge while studying for their CMT exam. The company, called Career Step, helps aspiring CMTs brush up on the exam basics, including grammar, medical terminology, principles of healthcare documentation and human body systems.

These are all essential skills in ensuring the accurate translation of medical records.

At the end of the 75 hour training program, students take a mock CMT exam to test their readiness for the real thing. Those who put in the effort, study hard and earn their CMT designation are typically in even higher demand by hospitals and doctor’s offices.

With demands on the rise for all types of health care workers, certified and otherwise, adding a certification to your resume can only lead to good things.

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