SRJC Course Outlines

4/16/2024 3:47:16 PMMA 170A Course Outline as of Spring 2011

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  MA 170ATitle:  BEG MED TRANSCRIPTION  
Full Title:  Beginning Medical Transcription
Last Reviewed:9/19/2005

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.508 min.Lab Scheduled26.25
 Contact DHR1.50 Contact DHR26.25
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  MA 70A

Catalog Description:
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Involves the transcription of basic medical dictation most frequently encountered in a physician's office. Students use transcription machines and computers. Students apply principles of English grammar, punctuation, spelling and proofreading, improve keyboarding skills, and use of medical terminology.

Course Completion of HLC 160 ( or HLC 60)

Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of CS 101B ( or CIS 101B) and Course Completion of BGN 102 ( or BOT 153) and Course Completion of CS 65.11A ( or BOT 73.10A) and Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Eligibility for EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Transcription of medical reports, letters and chart notes using transcribing machine and computers. Covers principles of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of HLC 160 ( or HLC 60)
Recommended:Course Completion of CS 101B ( or CIS 101B) and Course Completion of BGN 102 ( or BOT 153) and Course Completion of CS 65.11A ( or BOT 73.10A) and Course Completion of ENGL 100 OR Course Eligibility for EMLS 100 ( or ESL 100)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Describe several historical facts relating to the development of and
importance of medical records.
2.  Describe at least five skills basic to medical transcription and
explain the importance of accurate use of medical terminology.
3.  Utilize computers, word processing applications, dictation tapes and
transcription machines in transcribing letters, chart notes and medical
4.  Demonstrate the ability to capitalize words accurately from copy
prepared in lower case letters.
5.  Demonstrate the ability to use proper punctuation marks on
unpunctuated copy.
6.  List special uses of capital letters in the preparation of
medical reports and correspondence.
7.  Name at least four reference materials available to the medical
transcriptionist for clarifying unfamiliar medical terminology.
8.  Recognize the three basic formats for letter preparation, name the
basic parts of a business letter, and identify the specific qualities that
make a letter mailable.
9.  Proofread and mark own work demonstrating accurate use of format
proofreader's symbols, and analyze personal errors and problems in
10. Recognize homonyms, identify medical terms with silent letters and
French and unusual medical terms.
11. Prepare medical chart notes, demonstrating methods of preparation and
types of chart notes.
12. Compose letters and memos for a variety of circumstances; e.g., letter
of acknowledgement, appointment change, collection letter, return to work,
and letter concerning lab results.
13. Keyboard medical reports and letters with greater speed and accuracy
demonstrated by timed writings.
14. Demonstrate listening skills and medical terminology vocabulary
development by producing increasingly accurate medical transcription.

Topics and Scope
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I.  Introduction to Medical Transcription
     A. History and importance of medical records
     B. Transcription as a career
     C. Required skills and certification
II.  Equipment
     A. Computers, and other equipment for medical transcription
     B. Transcription/dictation machines and tapes
     C. Computer software
III.  Punctuation Skill Development
IV.  Capitalization Skill Development
V.  Letter Transcription
     A. Qualities of a mailable letter
     B. Letter mechanics (parts) and formats
VI.  Proofreading and Making Corrections
     A. Accuracy and common errors
     B. Formal proofreader's marks
     C. Legal Corrections
VII.  Spelling and Use of Reference Materials
     A. Reference sources
          1. Medical dictionaries and various word books
          2. Physician's Desk Reference and American Drug Index
     B. Spelling pretest
     C. Spelling rules
     D. Most commonly misspelled words
VIII.  Medical Chart Notes
     A. Types and formats
IX.  Composing Business Letters
     A. Techniques and skills
     B. Types
     C. Abstracting from patient's charts
     D. Reference materials

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1.  Written homework: Completion of workbook materials and written
assignments including:
     a. Approx. 1-10 punctuation, spelling, and capitalization
        exercises; 1-4 homonym and unusual medical term recognition
     b. Create 2-10 spelling and medical vocabulary lists to study for
2.  Writing assignments: Preparation of Student Transcriptionist's
Notebook including listings of terms and abbreviations difficult to spell,
define or capitalize.
3.  Skill demonstration:
   a.  Completion of 3-5 timed writings to demonstrate transcription
       speed and error analysis;
   b.  Completion of 5-20 medical chart notes;
   c.  Composition of 5-10 sentences, paragraphs and memos for a
       variety of medical circumstances, e.g., appointment change,
       collection letter.
   d.  Completion of 4-8 transcription exercises for each chapter.
   e.  Completion of Transcription Analysis Checklist for each completed
f. Two one-page medical letter compositions.
g. Oral presentation of compositions.
h.  Quizzes (6-8); final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 30%
Written homework, Notebook; medical letters.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 50%
Transcription; oral presentation.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, Matching items, Medical transcription from dictation.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION by Ettinger & Ettinger. Emc Pub, 2003.
MEDICAL WORD BOOK by Drake & Sloane. 2004.

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