Become a Medical Transcriptionist in Alaska - AK
The following are steps on how to become a medical transcriptionist in Alaska.
- Have your high school diploma or GED
It goes without saying that you will need a high school diploma. During your secondary education you should have concentrated on English, biology, anatomy as well as perfected your typing skills and sharpened your speed.
- Enroll in an approved program
Look for a program for medical transcription training in Alaska that is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) formerly the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT) www.ahdionline.org. Although AHDI recommends completion of a two-year program, having an associate degree is not mandatory for you to find employment. One-year certificate of completion programs are readily available.
Just make sure your curriculum includes studies in medical terminology, medical grammar, physiology, pharmacology, human diseases as well as health care records management.
If you are already familiar with medical terminology because you were trained in another allied health profession, you can find accelerated training to quick start your Medical Transcriptionist career. You might also find that some programs give on-the-job training.
AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity) offers a mentor program for those who are interested in the medical transcription career and who become members of the Association. The mentoring program connects aspiring Medical Transcriptionist with a seasoned professional to network and to assist in entry to the profession.
- Take the exam and get certified
In Alaska certification or registration is not required or mandatory to work as a Medical Transcriptionist; however, certification is a helpful qualification if you wish to advance your career.
The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) offers two designation types of credentials. You can become a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) or a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) with each designation having its own requirements. If you have less than two years experience in acute care as a medical Transcriptionist, or you just recently graduated from medical transcription program, you can become registered as a medical Transcriptionist after you have taken and passed AHDI's level-1 medical transcription exam.
If you have more than two years acute care experience as a Medical Transcriptionist and have used different formats, reports and dictation types within different specialty surgery areas, you can take the AHDI's exam, get a passing score and receive a CMT designation.