Medical information specialists are vital members of the health care team who work very closely with physicians, nurses and other health care providers. They are the patient data experts on whom patient care practitioners rely. This is the ideal profession if you are interested in working in the medical field, yet do not want to work directly in patient care.
Medical transcriptionists are medical language specialists who interpret and transcribe reports dictated by physicians and other health care professionals. They provide reports that are the communication tools for documenting health care and facilitating health care delivery.
As a Medical Information Specialist/Transcriptionist student, you’ll be trained for various positions including, but not limited to, the following: assembly clerk, analysis clerk, coder, file clerk, release of information clerk, processing specialist, unit secretary, medical receptionist, billing specialist, appointments scheduler, medical transcriptionist assistant and medical transcriptionist.
What You’ll Do
TSTC’s Star Power Prep
TSTC’s faculty bring to the college years of professional experience in their respective occupations.
Having worked in the field themselves, they know just what employers are seeking and how to equip you with the skills needed to succeed.
We welcome you as a potential student to visit our facilities and take a tour. Program faculty and staff work will work with you individually to plan your career path and course schedule.
As the reliance on technology in medical facilities has continued to expand, the role of the medical information specialist/transcriptionist has greatly evolved. Because of this technology surge, the demand for well-trained medical information specialists exceeds the supply.
In this program, students develop skills required of a medical information specialist/transcriptionist such as assembling, analyzing, coding, filing, indexing and billing health records. Students demonstrate proficiency of these skills during their practicum experience.
A multitude of opportunities in various medical facilities awaits graduates, with the opportunity to work from home once more experience is obtained. Medical information specialists focus on data entry, collection and maintenance of patient health information, while medical transcriptionists accurately transcribe dictated medical reports, which document the patient’s condition as well as treatment.
Small Class Size
At TSTC, our classes average 20 students to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with them individually.
Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students are engaged more than 60 percent of their time in performing the actual work they will do upon graduation. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the depth of instruction you need to succeed in your Medical Information career.
Graduates of this program become prepared to work in a variety of facilities such as hospitals, clinics, physicians offices, managed care organizations, long term care facilities, behavioral health facilities, ambulatory care facilities and rehabilitation centers.
TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain positions when the time comes to move out into the workforce.
To ensure that these needs are correctly identified, it is imperative that representatives of the industries who employ trained personnel assist in their identification. In order to accomplish this goal, Advisory Committees are formed to determine these needs. Committee members serve for two-year terms and meet at least once a year.
Education by employer design! As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.
The main function of the Medical Information Specialist/Transcriptionist Advisory Committee is to identify the knowledge and skills required for entry-level medical information specialist/transcriptionist technicians. The input of the Advisory Committee is mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and enables the department to identify training requirements.
There are compelling reasons why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates: