Medical transcriptionist certification

Update: Nov 5th, 2013

By Laura Naumann

Medical transcription certification AHDI:

As I explained in other articles formal training isn’t necessary to become a medical transcriptionist but it helps when seeking employment.  The same principle applies to medical transcription certification.  While it isn’t necessary to become formally certified it makes a nice addition to your resume.  Here is some information on getting certified.

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) is the credentialing agency for medical transcriptionists.  Transcription certification by AHDI will earn you the designation CMT (Certified Medical Transcriptionist) or RMT (Registered Medical Transcriptionist.)  Transcriptionists must have 2 or more years of transcription experience to be eligible for CMT designation.  Those will less than 2 years experience can seek RMT certification.

Transcriptionists seeking CMT certification must take the RMT certification exam first.  The exams can be taken together or separately at different times.

Once certified you can add the designation CMT or RMT after your name on all transcription related business, which of course looks impressive.  I personally would use both sets of initials for added effect.  In addition once you are certified you will be added to a searchable database of medical transcriptionists, much like those of doctors and nurses.

I really hadn’t thought about joining AHDI until I started researching this article.  The annual membership is $135 and I think I’m going to join.  Professional organizations are the best way to keep up with changes in your industry and promote networking with colleagues.  These organizations also give you a voice in legislative matters.

Currently on the AHDI website bundled RMT and CMT exams are being offered for $100 with a substantial discount to eligible members.

Here’s the link for AHDI    http://www.ahdionline.org/Certification/tabid/524/Default.aspx

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