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TSTC Advantage

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

  • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation or discharge summaries

  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency and proper medical terminology

  • Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms by referring to dictionaries, drug references and other sources on anatomy, physiology and medicine

  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records

  • Take dictation using either shorthand or a stenotype machine, or using headsets and transcribing machines; then convert dictated materials or rough notes to written form

  • Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians

  • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient care information, statistics, medical research and administrative material

  • Set up and maintain medical files and databases to include records such as x-ray, lab and procedure reports, medical histories, diagnostic workups, admission and discharge summaries and clinical resumes

  • Perform a variety of clerical and office tasks such as handling incoming and outgoing mail, completing and submitting insurance claims, typing, filing and operating office machines

  • Receive patients, schedule appointments and maintain patient records

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  • Four semesters of intensive training in lab settings utilizing the software and equipment used by industry professionals, along with the academics and support courses you need to succeed 

  • Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach

  • Opportunities to gain real, hands-on experience in the classroom, as well as through an internship or co-ops

  • Experienced staff with industry training guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts

Faculty

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.

Job Credibility

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.

Hands-on Learning

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.

Advisory Committee

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:

  • More than 60 percent of your class time is spent on actual, hands-on work in lab settings.

  • Your internship opportunities in actual working environments provide on-the-job experience that is valued by industry employers.

  • In addition to regular TSTC admissions requirements, manual dexterity for typing, handling records, files and other documents is also necessary.

  • An interview with the Department Chair is required, as well as completion of the Medical Information Specialist/Transcriptionist program orientation prior to registration of classes.