Medical Transcriptionist Schools in New Mexico - NM
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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Medical Transcription Schools in New Mexico
The most important component of medical transcriptionist education is finding a program that is accredited and approved. Many of the programs offered by brick-and-mortar New Mexico medical transcription schools can also be completed totally online, with no classroom attendance required. Most medical transcriptionist training programs entail approximately 450 clock hours, or two semesters. Prerequisites usually include things such as ability to type 50 corrected words per minute and a score of 86 or higher on the Accuplacer English test. Most programs require a passing grade of 85% or better to graduate. Some of these programs award graduates with associate's degrees, while others offer diplomas or certificates indicating your graduate status.
Once you graduate and receive your RMT and CMT, you will be eligible for positions all across New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe.
Medical Transcription Salaries in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico had about 410 residents working as medical transcriptionists in the year 2008. New Mexico's Department of Workforce Solution estimates that the need for medical transcriptionists in New Mexico will increase by 10% by the year 2018, with approximately 40 new positions being added, and more openings in the southwestern portion of the state. Within New Mexico, medical transcriptionists can expect to make about $29,000 annually, close to the national average salary for this position. Job settings are flexible for medical transcriptionists as well, with some working in hospitals and other health care facilities, private practices, or even in their own homes.
www.dws.state.nm.us/careersolutions/occs/31909400.htmlThrough campus based and online programs, aspiring Medical Transcriptionists in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and Roswell, New Mexico may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the St. Vincent Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital and Memorial Medical Center.