April 28, 2009


Medical Transcription Now a Certificate Program

Northeast Alabama Community College is now offering a Medical Transcription Certificate program. This program will prepare students to perform medical transcription in a variety of settings, including physician offices, hospitals and home based companies.

Medical transcriptionists are responsible for processing detailed clinical reports such as physicals, histories, consultation reports, operative and diagnostic reports, and discharge summaries. It is considered to be one of the fastest growing occupations, growing faster than the average for all occupations through 2014. It is very popular with people who want to work at home and has become a popular career for nurses who want to apply their medical knowledge in an at-home career.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this program at the request of our medical assisting advisory committee,” stated Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development at NACC. “Medical Assisting continues to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation, and we are pleased to be able to expand this program to offer additional opportunities to our students” continued Kennamer.

Upon completion of the program the student is eligible for the Registered Medical Transcription examination (RMA). For more information please contact Rachel Walker at or phone ext. 323.

“A focus for Northeast now is to establish programs that can be completed relatively quickly and can lead to good jobs,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “Given the high unemployment rate in our area and the large number of layoffs that have occurred, we want to help our citizens find new avenues for careers. Our certificate program in Medical Assisting is an example of these efforts.”

Summer registration is May 29.

Pictured is a Northeast student practicing
her transcription skills.