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Medical Transcriptionist

Medical Transcriptionist is an advanced certificate program. Your studies will focus on medical terminology, medical transcription, medical office procedures, body systems and medical specialties. You will develop the skills necessary for employment in office positions in hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.

The program is available only by distance learning.

*This will be the final offering of the courses in the Medical Transcriptionist advanced certificate program. Therefore, students enrolled in the program must complete all courses by June 28, 2014 in order to earn the Medical Transcriptionist advanced certificate.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information visit the program home page.


Body Systems and Transcription 1 (TRSC 200)

You will learn medical terminology relating to the digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. From authentic dictation, you will accurately transcribe a variety of medical documents relating to these body systems. Your studies will emphasize spelling, punctuation, grammar, document format and speed improvement.

Prerequisites: Key Medical Documents


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Body Systems and Transcription 2 (TRSC 201)

Your studies will focus on developing your knowledge about the anatomy of the nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems. You will use this medical knowledge to transcribe medical reports relating these body systems.

Prerequisites: Key Medical Documents


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Body Systems and Transcription 3 (TRSC 202)

Your studies will focus on developing your knowledge about the anatomy of the blood, lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems. You will use this medical knowledge to transcribe medical reports relating these body systems.

Prerequisites: Key Medical Documents


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Body Systems and Transcription 4 (TRSC 203)

You will study the anatomy and medical terminology related to the integumentary, sensory and endocrine systems. You will apply your knowledge to prepare medical reports using transcription technology.

Prerequisites: Key Medical Documents


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Key Medical Documents (CKEY 201)

You will apply your knowledge of basic medical terminology related to the body as a whole to prepare medical documents using transcription technology. Your studies will emphasize spelling, punctuation, grammar, document format and proofreading skills.

Prerequisites: Medical Terminology (200)


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Keyboard 3 (CKEY 202)

Using proper keyboarding technique and ergonomics, you will develop a keyboarding speed of 60 wpm with 4 errors or less on five-minute timings.

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Medical Office Procedures (OPRM 200)

You will examine the role of the medical office assistant including privacy, confidentiality and security issues. As well, you will learn to use medical references, fill in requisition forms, maintain medical charts/records/files and prepare payment/billing forms.

Fee: $332 Additional costs: Books and materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-74May 1, 2014 - May 23, 2014
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Medical Specialties and Transcription 2 (TRSC 205)

Your studies will include a survey of the pathology, treatment, pharmaceutical products and terminology related to the medical specialties of radiology/nuclear medicine, pharmacology and oncology. You will apply your knowledge of radiology/nuclear medicine, pharmacology and oncology to the preparation of medical reports using transcription technology.

Prerequisites: Key Medical Documents


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Medical Specialties and Transcription 3 (TRSC 206)

Your studies will include a survey of the pathology and terminology related to the medical specialties of mental health, gerontology and rehabilitation. You will apply your knowledge related to mental health, gerontology and rehabilitation to the preparation of medical reports using transcription technology.

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Prerequisites: Key Medical Documents


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Medical Terminology (200) (MTER 200)

You will learn the construction of medical words, including root words, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes, as they relate to body systems and body organization. You will also learn medical abbreviations and symbols. Required books include:
  • Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. (2009). MTER 200 Basic Terminology [Course Manual]. Prince Albert, SK: SIAST Woodland Campus.
  • Ettinger, Alice and Burch, Pamela. (2007) Medical Terminology for Health Careers. (2nd ed.) Paradigm Publishing Inc., ISBN 0-7638-2270-1. 
  • Ettinger, Alice and Blanche. (2009). Medical Transcription: Techniques, Technologies, and Editing Skills. (3rd ed.) Paradigm Publishing Inc., ISBN 978-0-76383-109-7. 


Fee: $470 Additional costs: Books and materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 04-70May 1, 2014 - May 30, 2014
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Homestudy (Print)

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SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST's programs range from certificates to degrees. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.

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