Medical Transcriptionist

Medical Transcriptionist Training

If you're interested in a healthcare career and would like the option to work from home, our flexible online Medical Transcriptionist Training Program can help you prepare to become a medical transcriptionist, and you can study at your own pace.

  • Learn the foundational knowledge necessary for working in healthcare, from terminology to electronic medical records.
  • Prepare to sit for the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam offered by AHDI, which can help you stand out when applying for jobs.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to transcribe and interpret dictation into diagnostic test results, operative reports, referral letters, medical reports, and other documents.
  2. Translate medical abbreviations and jargon into the appropriate long form.
  3. How to use common transcription software.
  4. How to enter electronic health records into appropriate databases.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Medical Transcriptionist Career Outcomes

Graduates of Penn Foster's Medical Transcriptionist Training Program have gone on to start careers in medical offices, hospital settings, or flexible careers working from home.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information. Penn Foster College is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Medical Transcriptionist Training Curriculum

  • 9 courses
  • 52.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 26 exams
  • 4 graded projects

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 7 months
  • Average time = 11 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

As part of our Medical Transcriptionist Training Program course curriculum, you'll learn the foundational skills that can help you prepare to start a successful career in the field. Your courses include:

  • Medical Billing and Health Insurance
  • Body Systems, Anatomy, and Medical Terminology
  • Medical Transcription


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Medical Transcriptionist Success Stories

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Kathleen A.

Penn Foster Graduate 2018

"I liked that my program was flexible, had easy workable payments, and the ability to do it online when I had the time."

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Medical Transcriptionist Training Tuition

Our Medical Transcription Training Program tuition is meant to be affordable for your budget. Choose from a customized payment plan and take the next steps toward a job you want today.

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Our Proven Healthcare Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Enroll anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Online access to industry software 


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty 
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resources 

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Medical Transcriptionist Training FAQs

How do I become a certified medical transcriptionist?

Post-secondary education and training is often the first step toward becoming a medical transcriptionist. Employers prefer to hire candidates who have completed medical transcription classes and getting certified, while not required, can help you stand out among other job applicants. While certification isn't a requirement for employment, transcriptionists can sit for the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam offered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).

What does a medical transcriptionist do?

Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and convert them into written reports. When transcribing reports, they're responsible for interpreting medical terminology and abbreviations, creating clear patient medical histories, discharge paperwork, and more.

What is the career outlook for a medical transcriptionist?

There is a range of ways you can use your medical transcriptionist diploma. Medical transcriptionists play an important part on a healthcare team, translating and transcribing voice memos from physicians. As more patients and an aging population seek healthcare services, there will likely be more data and notes that need transcribing. However, it's important to note that, with technological advancement, some physicians and healthcare providers have begun to rely on speech recognition software versus hiring transcriptionists. Additionally, medical transcriptionists often have the option of working flexible schedules from home.

What will I learn in order to become a medical transcriptionist?

To become a transcriptionist, you'll learn the basics of medical office procedures, medical terminology, billing, and medical transcription.

What is the average salary for a medical transcriptionist?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for a medical transcriptionist is $34,730.*