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Medical SecretaryWelcome to the Medical Secretary/Transcriptionist Careers Programs

RCTC has a number of options for your career selection in medical secretary/transcriptionist careers.

The choices focus on occupations which all link to employment related to medical data use in either a business or in a medical establishment. You will be a vital link between the patient and the physician, although you will not provide patient care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a medical secretary do?
The medical secretary is prepared for employment in hospitals, clinics, medical group practices, medical insurance companies, and medicolegal practices as secretaries to physicians and surgeons. Most medical secretaries experience a varied workday with tasks such as medical transcription, appointment scheduling, medical data retrieval from databases, and in general, they provide the variety of supportive activities needed by physicians/surgeons for patient care. Use of office technology allows the medical secretary to perform his/her tasks.

What does a medical transcriptionist do?
The medical transcriptionist performs supportive tasks in medical group practices, clinics, hospitals, medical insurance companies, and medical supply/equipment firms. The medical transcriptionist functions as a "healthcare documentation specialist" and transcribes and edits medical letters, medical reports, or medical publications regarding patients' examinations, operations, and laboratory procedures. Medical transcriptionists possess and apply a high degree of editing skill.

What will a medical secretary/transcriptionist earn for a salary?
The approximate salary for an entry-level position will be $16 to $23 per hour. Salaries can vary depending on skills, experience, levels of responsibility, and location of employment. Visit: iseek.org for more information.

What are the job opportunities for a Medical Secretary/Transcriptionist?
Jobs in the medical field are one of the fastest growing job employment fields. Hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and private practices are just a few of the areas where a medical secretary/transcriptionist might be employed. A few possible places for employment are listed below.

What are the qualities needed to be a great medical secretary/transcriptionist?
Individuals interested in become a medical secretary/transcriptionist must have a desire to work in the medical field, be self-directed, and motivated. Individuals must be well-developed in English grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Skills in keyboarding as well as utilizing a dictation system are necessary for employment.


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