Is an online degree in health Care from Penn foster College recognized in Chicago land area?

By | October 15, 2015

Is an online degree in medical transcription from Pen Foster College recognized in the Health care field around the Chicago land area?

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3 thoughts on “Is an online degree in health Care from Penn foster College recognized in Chicago land area?

  1. Jan C

    I cannot respond to the Chicago area in particular, but I would like to say that most on line colleges are not nationally accredited colleges. These are often referred to as diploma schools and the diploma is often useless. Students need to clarify what degree they are working toward and if a college is accredited. If not, they need to find one that is.

  2. Ecks Dreeme

    It’s more and more the case that employers are looking at experience rather than education. How do you get experience? It’s practically the case that the “angels have to smile upon you!” In other words, you have to be in the right place at the right time to get any kind of valuable experience; and it may not be the kind of experience for which you went to school.

    Managers seem more and more to be granting experience to those already within the organization, regardless of education, but based more on things like personal appeal or high aptitude sometimes in areas unrelated to the job for which they’ll allow you to gain experience!

    If this is beginning to sound like playing the lottery – quite random and with rare benefit – I think that’s a lot how it really is.

    Accredited education is better than non-accredited; but there are still no guarantees when you sit in front of hiring managers for an interview and you have no experience.

  3. momof3mt

    Unfortunately, Penn Foster is not an AHDI-approved (Association of Healthcare Documentation Integrity) program.

    If your hoping to get into this field you will most likely need training from an AHDI ‘approved’ program. Most employers require experience or participation in one of the top AHDI approved schools. If your looking into Medical Transcription pay the extra in tuition to attend an ‘approved’ school.

    Many people have received training through inadequate programs only to find out that they are unable to find a job. AHDI sets the standards for MT courses. Employers know that graduates of these ‘approved’ courses have gained the skills necessary to begin their career as an MT. —— AHDI is the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity – http://www.ahdionline.org (formerly known as the American Association for Medical Transcription).

    I attended Career Step and recieved a job (at-home) less than a week after graduating. I’ve received several more job offers since, but have stuck with my original employer because of the flexibility they offer. Career Step is an AHDI approved program and they are partnered with many of the major MT employers. In other words, their graduates get the jobs. Many companies require 2-3 years experience, however, a lot of these companies will waive this requirement if you graduate from the right school.

    I recommend CS because they are partnered with MANY employers, self-paced (you can finish in a few months or take as long as over a year or two), and more affordable than many courses. Plus, I have personal experience (and success) with the program. Attending your local community college will give you a good chance at a job in-house, but if you are wanting to work from home, an online ‘approved’ course is the way to go. Choosing the right school is so important! They do offer financial aid and payment plans. :)

    The US Department of Labor states” Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for medical transcription services will be spurred by a growing and aging population. Older age groups receive proportionately greater numbers of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that require documentation. A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued need for electronic documentation that can be shared easily among providers, third-party payers, regulators, consumers, and health information systems. Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to amend patients’ records, edit documents from speech recognition systems, and identify discrepancies in medical reports.”

    “Wage-and-salary medical transcriptionists had median hourly earnings of $14.40 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $12.17 and $17.06. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $20.15.”

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: bcharmed01 at yahoo dot com

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