Is online training for Medical Transcription a valid education for employers?

By | October 5, 2015

I am planning to do Medical Transcription courses through a college online. I want to know if potential employers look down on this type of training or if it is accepted, much like a traditional college. Thanks!

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3 thoughts on “Is online training for Medical Transcription a valid education for employers?

  1. momof3mt

    Most employers require years of exerience. HOWEVER, many will waive this requirement if you graduate from an AHDI ‘approved’ school.

    AHDI is the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity – (formerly known as the American Association for Medical Transcription). 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.

    If your looking into Medical Transcription pay the extra in tuition to attend an ‘approved’ school. When I was researching school options, I called several MT employers. I spoke to their Human Resources departments and asked about getting started in the field. All of them recommended attending an AHDI approved program. Many people have received training through inadequate programs only to find out that they are unable to find a job.

    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. It can be a difficult job, but I love it!

    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 the other top 2 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.

    Hope that helps! Best of luck!

  2. transcriptionmatch

    There is an online guide to choosing a medical transcription course of study on the website below. Read about certificate vs certification.

    Not affiliated with any school or product.

  3. Homegirl

    It is untrue that you must attend an AHDI school to get a great job in the MT world. Many schools decided not to go for approval due to their negative feelings toward the AHDI organization.

    Yes, an online education is both valid and recognized by employers; however, you need to go to a school that has excellent job placement assistance, uses all 3 levels of the SUM CDs, and that has established relationships w/ employers who hire their graduates.

    MT Advantage Career Center ( is an excellent online training program. They are priced affordably and have 100% job placement assistance.

    Best wishes to you.

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