Medical Transcription

College-Approved Certificate (8 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1802X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

If you are interested in a career as a medical transcriptionist, this College Certificate program provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work as a medical transcriber in hospitals, medical clinics, private practice specialties and community health agencies. Students study medical terminology, practise transcribing complex medical reports and learn medical office procedures.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess good computer and word processing skills.
  • Enjoy working in a healthcare setting.
  • Have good written and oral communication skills.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in various hospital departments including health records, diagnostic imaging and pathology in physicians' offices, as well as online transcription companies.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Sandy Miller, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7349 or


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameFallWinter
HLT000842.0Medical TerminologyOnline Learning Online Learning
HLT007742.0Medical KeyboardingBlank Icon Online Learning
HLT007842.0Beginning Medical TranscriptionBlank Icon Online Learning
HLT007942.0Advanced Medical TranscriptionBlank Icon Online Learning
ENL001148.0Writing GrammaticallyOnline Learning Online Learning
HLT005545.0Medical Office ProceduresBlank Icon Online Learning
Elective: choose 2
HLT004336.0Essentials in Health Records ManagementBlank Icon Online Learning
HLT001836.0Dental TerminologyBlank Icon Online Learning
HLT008042.0Medical OHIP BillingBlank Icon Online Learning


HLT0008 Medical Terminology

Develop the language required to communicate effectively in a medical setting. Medical terminology, word structure, as well as diagnostic procedures and pharmacology related to twelve body systems are studied.

HLT0077 Medical Keyboarding

This course is designed to familiarize the user with beginning medical keyboarding, advanced keyboarding, medical language, grammatical and office skills. It includes case histories, a variety of medical reports, technical terminology and timed writings. These exercises will help the learner increase their knowledge of terms they will encounter on-the-job, and will improve their keyboarding speed and accuracy. A very brief introduction to Medical Transcription is included. This course is a prerequisite for the Beginning Medical Transcription course. Basic keyboarding skills is required.

Pre-requisites: HLT0008

HLT0078 Beginning Medical Transcription

Transcription is taking the spoken word and turning it into a written document. Students delve into case studies to gain experience in the transcription of various medical reports. Medical reports are transcribed from ten individual case studies, each of which concerns an inpatient with a specific medical problem. Students follow the care of the patient from the date of admission through to the date of discharge.

Pre-requisites: ENL0011 and HLT0008 and HLT0077

HLT0079 Advanced Medical Transcription

Transcriptionists perfect their skills in medical transcription and terminology. Students develop and refine transcription skills to a competitive level by using specific learning activities.

Pre-requisites: ENL0011 and HLT0008 and HLT0077 and HLT0078

ENL0011 Writing Grammatically

Students learn the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. Starting with a review of sentence parts, students move to an in-depth explanation of sentence structuring and culminate in a practical review of stylistic conventions in business writing.

HLT0055 Medical Office Procedures

Medical office procedures will cover administrative and clerical functions including patient reception, scheduling appointments appropriate to patient needs, telephone procedures, medical records management and charting of progress notes, verbal and non verbal communications with patients, computerization and the medical office, financial records, personal conduct, medical ethics and law. The Canada Health Act will be introduced as well as OHIP and the principles of OHIP medical billing.

HLT0043 Essentials in Health Records Management

Designed to study the record keeping practices in the hospital and physician's office. Emphasis is placed on hospital and medical staff organization, patient record content, procedures in filing, numbering and retention of patient records, qualitative analysis, release of information, forms control and design, indexes and registers, reimbursements, regulatory and accrediting agencies, and alternate health care delivery systems.

HLT0018 Dental Terminology

Develop sound knowledge of dental terms, with an emphasis on anatomy, disease terms and instrumentation. Terminology specific to infection control, pain management, tooth restorations, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics and malocclusion is included.

HLT0080 Medical OHIP Billing

This course is designed to provide the student with the basic principles of efficient Health Claim Billing in Ontario. The student will learn how to use the Schedule of Benefits and Preambles of the Ministry of Health, as well as be introduced to computerized billing.

Pre-requisites: HLT0008