Transcription degree program dropped
by: laura naumann
november 23, 2011
I recently read an article from the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reporting that their local community college was considering dropping the medical transcription degree program, which had been offered since 1979, as of the fall 2012 semester. The dean responsible for this program cited lack of attendance as one deciding factor but also a lack of employment opportunities within the healthcare facilities located in the area. The dean went on to say that technological advances had changed the field of medical transcription along with others such as health unit coordinator.
If taken at face value one might consider this article as an ominous sign for current medical transcriptionists. Are we stuck in a profession that has become irrelevant?
The fact is I’m not surprised that colleges are dropping courses such as medical transcription and health unit coordinator. I’m also not surprised by the lack of medical transcription employment opportunities in healthcare facilities located in Wisconsin. There aren’t many openings for transcriptionists at facilities near my home in Florida either.
As I have explained before the need for trained medical transcriptionists is growing but the demand for in-house MT’s is shrinking. Transcriptionists who are prepared to work autonomously from a home office will find that plenty of companies are hiring.
It’s even easier to explain the lack of attendance for courses like medical transcription and unit coordinator. Both of these positions demand a high degree of computer literacy and it only makes sense that these individuals would investigate self-paced online educational programs over traditional drawn out degree programs. With so much turmoil in the job market I bet courses such as Career Step are seeing significantly higher enrollment figures.
Believe me the medical transcription field and is alive and well. It has merely been elevated to a new level. I personally generate hundreds of medical reports every week from my home office and there are thousands of others like me who are typing furiously at this very moment to finish up that last office note, history & physical or discharge summary.