Academic Affairs Committee
April 12-13, 2001
This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee
concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10
days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC
Chair, Dr. Helen Biblehimer, 203B Elliott Hall, x4521,
New Program Proposal
Faculty Member Preparing: J. Sheehe
Degree and Program Title: AAS Degree in Medical Transcription
Rationale for Program:
Medical transcriptionists are in demand in Northern Pennsylvania and nationally. The U.S. department of Labor web site reports that the job prospects for medical transcriptionists is expected to grow at a rate of 10-20% thorough 2008.
Program description for catalogue:
The AAS degree in Medical Transcription is a two-year degree program offered by Mansfield University's Robert Packer Department of Health Sciences. The program prepares medical transcriptionists to interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other health care professionals regarding patient assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, prognosis, etc., editing dictated material for grammar and clarity is necessary and appropriate.
Medical Transcription students begin their first semester of study at Mansfield University. The following three semesters consist of course work and laboratory/hands on experience at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Medical transcriptionists must possess excellent English grammar skills as well as keyboarding skills. Jobs are found in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, transcription services, insurance companies, and home health agencies. Employment trends indicate that in addition to jobs in healthcare agencies, medical transcriptionists also work in their homes as independent contractors or as home-based employees.
Effect proposal has on other programs:
Students should be able to take General Education courses which are already scheduled. The only exception may be offering a one credit wellness course in Sayre.
(The following course descriptions were posted on April 13, 2001:)
Course Descriptions for AAS Medical Transcription:
MT 100: Medical Transcription I 3 cr. Offered once each year
This course introduces the student to the basics of medical transcription. The student will learn to operate equipment used in medical transcription as well as transcribe medical reports using appropriate formats. Language skills and medical terminology will be utilized to transcribe dictation.
MT 101: Disease Processes I 2 cr. Offered once each year
This course is the first course in a two semester sequence which surveys the fundamental nature of disease. It includes the study of common human diseases and conditions including etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic and treatment modalities, prognoses and prevention as they relate to medical transcription and medical information coding.
MT 102:Medical Terminology for Transcription 2 cr. Offered once each year
This course builds on the concepts introduced in CD 100. It emphasizes the vocabulary related to various body systems. Students are expected to appropriately use medical terminology related to medical and surgical specialties, as well as diagnostic and interventional procedures.
MT 103:Professional Development and Medical-Legal-Ethical Issues 3 cr Offered each once each year
This course introduces students to the legal, ethical and professional aspects of medical transcription. Regulatory standards, patient confidentiality, documentation, copyright law and patient and employee rights are explored.
MT 104:Technology and Health Care Records 3 cr. Offered once each year
In this course, the student learns about technology associated with medical transcription. Security issues and confidentiality issues related to the patient record are explored. . Additionally, the student learns to research healthcare topics electronically. Technological standards and trends in the healthcare industry are evaluated.
MT 200: Medical Transcription II 4 cr. Offered once each year
In this course students apply the principles learned in MT 100 to specific body systems using case studies. Special consideration is given to the patient chart. By the end of the course, students will be able to transcribe medical histories, physical examinations, patient discharge summaries, and other agency reports.
MT 201:Diseases Process II 2 cr Offered once each year
This course is the second course in a two semester sequence which surveys the fundamental nature of disease. It includes the study of common human diseases and conditions including etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic and treatment modalities, prognoses and prevention as they relate to medical transcription and medical information coding.
MT 202:Medical Transcription Practicum 6 cr. Offered once each year
This course consists of 270 hours of practical medical transcription experience emphasizing use of a variety of healthcare documents.
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