Become a Medical Transcriptionist in New Mexico - NM
New Mexico Medical Transcription Training Programs
While the state of New Mexico has no official licensing, registering, or credentialing requirements for medical transcriptionists, there are still certain procedures you must follow if you want to succeed in this field.
- Graduate from high school with your diploma or GED.
- Research the profession of medical transcription and decide if it's the right fit for you. If you have a keen interest in and are proficient in language, can listen and interpret well, are interested in health care, and are self-disciplined, medical transcription may be for you.
- Find someone who is currently working as a medical transcriptionist and watch him/her for a while. This will give you a better idea of the exact duties and responsibilities of a medical transcriptionist and further assist you with your career decisions.
- Once you decide you want to become a medical transcriptionist, enroll in an accredited, program for medical transcription training in New Mexico. Such training programs are available at trade schools, community colleges, colleges, universities, and online. Make sure your program is accredited by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate, degree, or diploma (depending upon the program and the school).
- The next step is to earn your status as a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT). This will help you to gain entry into the field. Although New Mexico does not require medical transcriptionists to be registered, it is much easier to acquire an entry-level position as a medical transcriptionist with an RMT than without one. You will need to take the RMT exam offered by AHDI. This exam will test you on duties of a Level 1 medical transcriptionist, and is recommended for recent graduates of medical transcription training programs, those with less than two years of job experience, or medical transcriptionists practicing in single specialty areas. The exam is offered nationally at testing centers. You can find out more information online at www.ahdionline.org, where you will fill out an exam application and pay $10 as an application fee. At the time of the test, a fee of $200 will be due. On the day of the test, upon passing, you will be given your RMT status.
- Apply for an entry-level position as an RMT. Work in this field for at least two years.
- After this time, you should register to become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT). While New Mexico does not require certification of medical transcriptionists, becoming certified will open up possibilities of higher- level, higher-paying jobs. Before taking the CMT exam, two years of transcription experience in an acute care setting incorporating multiple ESL dictators, many formats and report types, and all the major specialties, is advised. This exam is also given across the country at test centers, and you can register online at www.ahdionline.org, pay the $10 application fee, and pay a $275 test fee the day of the exam.
- Now that you possess both an RMT and a CMT, you will want to keep that status. Every three years, you will need to renew your credentials, pay a fee, and complete continuing education courses to do so.