Curriculum Guideline

Medical Office Transcription

Effective Date:
Course Code
OADM 1322
Medical Office Transcription
Office Administration
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 2 Hours Seminar: 2 Hours Total: 4 Hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

A combination of lecture, demonstration, guided practice, as well as self-paced and timed lab assignments will be used.

Active learning is an integral part of this course.  A ‘hands-on” environment will allow students to work independently and collaboratively to learn and hone transcription skills and techniques used in the community.

Course Description
Students in this course will learn and apply the principles of medical transcription. Practice in transcribing a variety of medical reports from machine-recorded medical information with speed and accuracy will be emphasized, as well as proofreading skills and utilization of reference materials.
Course Content

Transcription Equipment and File Usage

1.1  Use transcription equipment.
1.2  Use checklist to solve common hardware problems.
1.3  Respect lab rules and regulations.
1.4  Apply backup techniques and strategies.
1.5  Practice proper care of tapes and disks (This is deleted as we are using digital transcription equipment)

Medical Documents

2.1  Transcribe medical information from recorded data, using acceptable medical formats, for the following reports:

1. History and physicals
2. Radiology
3. Pathology
4. Operative
5.  Consultation
6. Discharge summaries


3.1  Use diagnostic software to recognize areas of weakness and improve speed and accuracy.

Reference sources

4.1  Access and use available reference sources when keyboarding medical documents including:

1.  Medical dictionaries
2. Medical pharmaceutical references
3. Secretarial handbooks
4. Computer spell check and grammar check
Learning Outcomes

The learner will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Understand the importance of the confidentiality of medical reports.
  2. Describe the purpose and content of the medical record.
  3. Transcribe medical reports using correct capitalization, number, punctuation, abbreviation, symbol and metric measurement rules.
  4. Select and use current reference materials effectively.     
  5. Exhibit ethical behaviour with respect to copyright of software, confidentiality, privacy of documents on screen, and sharing of disks and information.
  6. Set priorities and effectively apply time management strategies.
  7. Proofread medical information with speed and accuracy.
  8. Perform drills to develop speed and accuracy.
Means of Assessment
Cases (minimum 5)      25%
Quizzes (minimum 2)      30%
Final exam      30%
Average of three 5-minute timings       15%
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Mary Ann Novak and Patricia A. Ireland  Hillcrest Medical Center-Beginning Medical Transcription Course, Latest Edition, Delmar Publishers.

 Dorland’s or Taber’s Medical Dictionary, Latest Edition.

Current OADM 1303 texts.

Other textbooks as approved by the department.


(40 nwpm OR OADM 1303 with a grade of 'C' or better OR OADM 1103 with a grade of 'B' or better) AND OADM 1256 AND OADM 1114

Which Prerequisite