Medical Transcription

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Medical Transcription

Credits required 29


Patricia Dent

Program Contact

Victoria Revier, Coordinator and Professor of Medical Administrative Programs, ext. 3206

Program Code: TM

Program Goal Statement

Students completing this program are prepared to work for doctors, in offices, in hospitals, or as independent contractors, or in related fields.  They develop skills in medical software, medical terminology, beginner and advanced medical transcription, medical office procedures, text editing and employment readiness skills. 

Program Information 

  • All credits transfer into the Associate in Science in Office Administration - Medical Administrative Assistant Option.
  • MAA courses are offered primarily during the day.


  • OFC 102 can be "waived" by a demonstrated keyboarding speed of 20 words per minute based on a two-minute timing administered by the Office Administration Department Chair.  OFC 102 is the prerequisite for OFC 113 and OFC 117.
  • The prerequisite for OFC 214 is OFC 113. Students who have not achieved the skill level equivalent to to OFC 113 are required to take it. 
  • Take MAA 101 (Medical Terminology) before BIO 115 (Survey of Anatomy & Physiology). 
  • A student who is unable to fit MAA 209 into the last spring semester should consult with the Program Coordinator about substituting the 3-credit CED 210 (Cooperative Work Experience I). 

Related Programs

  • Office Administration Associate degree – Medical Administrative Assistant option
  • Medical Administrative Practices Certificate program

After BCC

  • Students learn to become medical transcriptionists by sharpening keying techniques and learning how to use grammar at an advanced level.
  • This certificate prepares students to become medical transcriptionists to work in a hospital, medical office, or related facility.
  • Some graduates work as home-based transcriptionists.

Program Requirements

Medical Transcription

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

MAA 101Medical Terminology

3 credits

MAA 102Medical Transcription

3 credits

MAA 203Advanced Medical Transcription

3 credits

MAA 205Medical Office Procedures

3 credits

MAA 209Medical Office Portfolio Development

1 credit

OFC 117Introduction to Microsoft Office

3 credits

OFC 120Text Editing

3 credits

OFC 214Advanced Microsoft Word

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:29

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

Consider taking Gen Ed courses to reduce semester load.  If possible, take MAA 101 (Medical Terminology) the prerequisite to MAA 102 (Medical Transcription).


Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ENG, 101, MAA 101, MAA 102, OFC 117, OFC 120

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

BIO 115, MAA 203, MAA 205, MAA 209, OFC 214

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