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Medical Transcriptionist (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

Focusing on elements of medical science, communication skills and transcription techniques, this program will help you develop the theoretical and practical knowledge required to meet the needs of the medical community.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year. Note: Before beginning this credential, please be advised that one or more courses in this program are not MAC compatible.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Manage the scheduling, coordination and organization of tasks and workflow within specific deadlines and according to set priorities
  • Complete patient appointments and care records manually and electronically
  • Use effective interpersonal skills and client centred service to respond to diversity and to meet individual, team, and organizational needs
  • Record and transcribe client information and records using medical terminology and computer technology
  • Complete accurate medical financial information and billing documents using established document formats and procedures
  • Contribute to effective working relationships and to the achievement of team assignment goals
  • Transcribe orders and client records using accurate drug information and names including generic and trade names
  • Apply professional, ethical and legal standards to support effective health information management and coordination of communication

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • Physicians' office
  • Online transcription companies
  • Ministry of Health - Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan
  • Medical supply companies
  • Laboratories
  • Radiology departments
  • Insurance companies
  • Medical libraries
  • Private transcription companies

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
OFFC 1580Health Records ManagementOnline
PROG 3282Medical Billing 1Online
NURS 2584Medical KeyboardingOnline
MEDO 1084Medical Office ProceduresOnline
NURS 1584Medical Terminology - Level 1Monthly Intake Online
NURS 1584Medical Terminology - Level 1Online
NURS 2585Medical Terminology Level 2 (Pronunciation)Online
TRAN 4281Medical Transcription AdvancedOnline
TRAN 4584Medical Transcription FundamentalsOnline
TRAN 3281Medical Transcription IntroductionOnline
TRAN 3584Medical Transcription Styles & PracticesOnline
OFFC 1280Office Technology & ProceduresMonthly Intake Online
OFFC 1280Office Technology & ProceduresOnline
MEDO 1085Pharmacology for Medical Office ProfessionalsOnline
ENG 1082Writing GrammaticallyMonthly Intake Online
ENG 1082Writing GrammaticallyOnline