Medical transcriptionists review the audio-recorded notes of physicians, transcribing them to typed, official medical records and preserving the integrity of patient data. The role of medical transcriptionists has transformed in recent years due to advancements in speech recognition technology, but medical transcription continues to grow in demand, and is predicted by the US Department of Labor Statistics to continue to be a vital role in the healthcare industry.
About Medical Transcription at Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers career-focused education in medical transcription. The goal of the Kaplan University medical transcription program is to give students the skills needed to translate verbal communication onto the page. The program includes courses on the medical terminology, including the anatomical and pharmacological verbiage used in the medical field. Kaplan’s curriculum also includes training in developing the skills needed to prepare and edit medical documents for correspondence as well as for the patient’s permanent medical records. Hands-on training is provided with widely used medical transcription software, to give the student proficiency in the quick and accurate production of medical documents.
Kaplan University Accreditation
While Kaplan University does not report any accreditation for its medical transcription program, the school itself is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC), a U.S. Department of Education-recognized institution. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, formal accreditation for medical transcription programs is not required.
Kaplan University Student Requirements
Kaplan University requires a high school diploma, GED, or other proof that the applicant has completed high school-level education.
Kaplan University Financial Aid Information
Qualified applicants may be eligible for federal loans and grants including subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) and Federal Direct Loans, and PLUS Loans, Pell Grants and the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Alternative loan and aid options may also be available. Discounts to active-duty military personnel, their spouses and veterans may also be available.
Kaplan University, founded in 1937, is part of a larger network of educational institutes called the Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, which is in turn part of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of the Washington Post Company. Kaplan University has nine campuses in Iowa and Nebraska, as well as online.