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Did you know...Experienced medical transcriptionists earn between $14 and $33 per hour depending on education, experience and certification status.
The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), formerly the American Association for Medical Transcription, is the world's largest professional society representing the clinical documentation sector. AHDI's purpose is to set and uphold standards for education and practice in the field of health data capture and documentation that ensure the highest level of accuracy, privacy and security for the U.S. healthcare system in order to protect public health, increase patient safety and improve quality of care for healthcare consumers. The association works to advocate for workforce development and credentialing in allied health as well as the critical role of the technology-enabled documentation knowledge worker in the electronic health record (EHR).
AHDI is a not-for-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of the medical transcription profession and its practitioners. There are two levels of AHDI membership: national and local chapter. Visit the AHDI website for more information about membership.
Central Florida Chapter - AHDI
Central Florida's MTs are fortunate to have one of the largest, most active AHDI chapters in the country — the Central Florida Chapter of AHDI (CFC-AHDI) — right in their area. Seminole State alumni are prominent in the leadership of this group, so they welcome Seminole State students with open arms. Besides being a primary advocate for our industry and source for certification and continuing education opportunities, AHDI also provides networking opportunities with other professionals. Being active in AHDI chapters helps MTs find the best employment opportunities.
CFC-AHDI meets on the third Tuesday of each month, usually at the Family Health Center at Florida Hospital Altamonte on State Road 436. Some meetings may be held at different sites or on different days. Visit the chapter website for more information.
For those who live outside Central Florida or cannot attend local chapter meetings, an active online chapter of AHDI also exists, holding regular live webinar meetings.
AHDI - Florida
AHDI-Florida, the Florida state chapter of AHDI, is also active in the Central Florida area and throughout the state. Members of AHDI national are automatically members of AHDI-Florida.
Credentialing for Medical Transcriptionists
There are two voluntary credential levels in the medical transcription industry: Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) and Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT). RMT is the entry-level credential most appropriate for new MT Program graduates to attempt. CMT is intended for experienced medical transcriptionists.
AHDI offers the RMT credentialing exam to individuals who wish to become a Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT). The RMT exam was developed to assure consumers and employers that successful candidates are qualified to practice medical transcription. It is based on the skills and knowledge described for a Professional Level 1 MT in AHDI's Medical Transcription Job Descriptions.
The RMT credential is awarded upon successfully passing the AHDI Registered Medical Transcriptionist examination. This credential is maintained upon the successful completion of a required online course — including a final exam — and payment of a renewal fee.
The CMT exam targets an experienced medical transcriptionist with Professional Level 2 skills, as described in AHDI's Medical Transcription Job Descriptions. Although any candidate is eligible to take the CMT certification exam, two years of transcription experience in an acute care setting is strongly suggested. Acute care refers to a hospital setting, where there are multiple voices and dictators, many report types and all major specialties, including surgery.
Seminole State's comprehensive Medical Transcription Program follows the AHDI Model Curriculum for Medical Transcription, covering medical topics and concepts, technology and professional practices and incorporating 40 hours of actual physician dictation transcription.
The courses that Seminole State College provides are designed to help students prepare for the registry exam. Students must pass the exam to earn the Registered Medical Transcriptionist credential. Passing the courses in the program does not guarantee that students will pass the exam.
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