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Andrews, M-TEC, Career Step, in that order.

Posted By: nm on 2008-08-26
In Reply to: Which are the best transcription school? - Interested


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Andrews or Career Step?
My SIL is really interesting in taking an MT course.  I gave her the phone numbers for both of these schools.  She is undecided about which one to go with.  It looks like Career Step will be less money, but I've heard Andrews graduates seem to get hired more quickly and are getting the better jobs.  Does anybody have experience with either of these schools that can offer some input?  Any information would be welcome and appreciated!  Thanks! 
Andrews and Career Step have the best reputations
By reputation, in order: 1. Andrews 2. M-TEC

Those are the big 3, and I've read enough posts on enough boards over the years to say that I think there really is a very strong general consensus on the order I've put them in.  Andrews and M-Tec are actually probably fairly close together in terms of reputation, with Career Step following close behind those 2.

Sounds like it would be more a matter of balancing the costs, time, etc., versus what is offered by each, but if possible, I would think going with Andrews would not only result in better career opportunities, but also just a lot less frustration in the future with difficult dictators, etc., because of the better overall training and foundation they give. 

Career Step
Hi - have any of you received your training from Career Step?  If so, would you recommend the program?  Thanks for you feedback.
career step

I am considering going to Career Step.  I have been working as an MT for a few months now, but I do not feel that the course I took prepared me for the "real" world of transcription.  My only question is that I also noticed the price diff in these online courses.  That is primarily the reason why I am choosing to go with Career Step.  MTec seems like a good school, but they are 3x as much.  Will I get just as good an education?

Career Step
It's true, you get what you pay for. Andrews is #1, M-Tec is #2, and Career Step is a distant 3rd.
Career Step

I am attending Career Step.  I have also been hired as a MT while still attending.  I think the course is good.  Good luck!!


M-Tec and Career Step
Career Step
is the largest online school of medical transcription. You can join their forum even if you are not a student so that you can see for yourself what the grads in the forum say about their training. They are in there talking about their jobs all the time. Big companies like Spheris and Medquist and Transolutions hire CS graduates.

Career Step

Have you been to Career Step's website.  It is a very friendly community there and you would get lots of support on their forums.  www.careerstep.com. 

Is Career Step it?!
Any graduates of Career Step?  Any information about how you felt about your experience would be greatly appreciated.  I was so impressed by the website and information that I have received in the mail.  I make $10/hr now in an office job.  What are the chances that I can meet this as a grad?
Career Step is IT!
I'm a CS graduate and would HIGHLY recommend them. I was so well prepared, I received a job offer in less than 24 hours from one of the top employers, AND I was able to start out in acute care as a grad.

Email me if you have additional questions. CS ROCKS!!!!
Look at Career Step
If you know the content you can take the tests.
Career Step
Career Step is one of the top 3 AHDI-approved schools. If you work well independently at your own pace, it may be a good program for you. It is an online course. I know from experience that employers will hire for at-home transcription work immediately after graduation from CS.
Re: Career Step


I just began the Career Step Online Training Course a couple of weeks ago. You answered a question to a concern that I had from the very start. I wondered if they really help the student transition into an at-home MT position upon completion of the course. You stated that "from experience" you can say that they get you to work right after graduation.

If you don't mind me asking, can you give me some feedback on your experience with Career Step, please? How long did it take you to complete the course? How long after completion did you obtain employment at home? Is it fairly easy to understand what the physician is saying as you transcribe? How do they prefer to pay their at home employees? Those are examples of questions I have.

Looking forward to hearing from you!  :)




Career Step
Don't listen to that "only Andrews or M-TEC" line. Career Step has a great program for much less money, and they do place their graduates.
Career Step?

I have over five years experience in psychiatric transcription.  I started at a counseling facility with no experience or training -- just a good command of the English language and a good typist. 

Anyway, I went about five years doing no transcription.  I recently got a home position doing psych trans. again.  I would like to continue working for this company, but broaden my skills in acute/medical.  Of course, there is some medical in psych transcription, but limited. 

My question is:  Has anyone here been through Career Step and is it worth the money?  Also, do you think it would benefit, or should I just try to gain experience as I go?


Career Step
Career Step is a great program for people who prefer self-directed independent study. It is one of the top 3 schools and is approved by AHDI. You do get jobs afer completing the CS final. I had a job within a few days and have had no problems since then finding MT work.
Career Step
Hi. Has anyone used the Career Step program for medical transcription? I am currently working for MQ and received my training while in high school, but my fiance is going to be training with them soon. I was wondering if it was easy to find a job afterward and how you liked the course?
CanScribe/Career Step

I'm thinking of taking the CanScribe course, which is the Canadian equivalent to the Career Step program. I was wondering if there are others out there that have taken this program. I would like to get some feedback from those who have. Also, for those of you who are in Canada, what are the work from home opportunities like for MT? I don't want to go through all this and then have little prospect for employment in the end.

Go to M-Tec...more expensive than Career Step, but...

you will be a graduate of THE TOP SCHOOL.  You will have many job offers and will be able to chose the one that fits you best.  You can't go wrong with M-Tec. 

Andrews is also very good.  Career Step, while not in the scam-school category, is just a distant, very distant, third place in the MT school race.

Career Step has a Coding course
Hi hillbilly!

I am a MT graduate of Career Step but know they have a Coding course as well. I found that CS prepares you extremely well and is definitely worth the $!!!

Go to my website for a packet on the Coding class - www.MTinTexas.com. Feel free to email me and I can get you more information!

Good luck to you!!!
coding course from Career Step
Hi moonlight,
I would recommend checking out Career Step. You can have info mailed to you from my website ... www.MTinTexas.com. Good luck to you!!! :)
Career Step...Regrets?
Anyone go through the Career Step course and then regret it?
Career Step is on myspace now
Just telling you guys if you were grads or whatever, in case you are interested. A CS student friend of mine told me about it today. I went through CS and I loved it. Anyway, like I said, in case you are a myspacer.

courses with Career Step

Have you seen the new issue of Women For Hire and the article about MT, how you can be making up to $32/hour and "you control how much you make."  They also suggest you go to AHDI website for more info.

Career Step Coding
Has anyone done this course through CareerStep?  What did you think?  Were you able to get a job when you finished?  How long did it take you?  TIA
I went to career step & graduated 3 yrs ago. I think it prepared me well.

Is Career Step a legitimate program?

Just finished my certificate at a local college.  I probably spent $1000 or more and can't get hired. Just wondering if Career Step would be a waste of $$$ and time?


Career Step Foot Pedal

Can anyone tell me what type of foot pedal Career Step uses.  I have a friend who is accepting an at-home transcription position and she needs to purchase a foot pedal.  She saw one on E-bay and it states that it is a Career Step foot pedal, however, that is all it says.  She is needing to purchase an IN-USB-1 foot pedal.  TIA

Not anymore. Only Career Step grads without experience
A number of the nationals will hire straight out of Career Step ...
I need step-by-step instructions to make a macro in word that aligns automatic numbered list to the
HELP!!!!! Thanks in advance.
One small step for MTs, one giant step for the US! -nm
Follow his directions step-by-step.

Once the Macro is in place, you can add it to your toolbar by right clicking on the toolbar you want it to appear on. Choose customize (bottom of menu). Click on the Command tab and choose Macros from the left-hand side of the box. Find Normal.NewMacros.GetLineStrictCount from the right-hand side of the box. Left mouse click on that macro one time and hold the button down. Drag the command to the toolbar in the location where you want it to be. You should now see a large box with the entire name of the macro inside. Right click on that box for the drop-down menu to change the appearance of that button and you're in business.

Better to take a step up than a step backwards.
Help! I need step-by-step instructions for MS
When the dictator says "same" for the postop diagnosis, do I have to highlight, copy, and paste from the preop diagnosis, or is there a simple one-step keystone that can be done to automatically copy (hope that makes sense).
CAREER versus JOB--lovin' my CAREER
Career definition:

1. an occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework:

2. a person's progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking.

3. success in a profession, occupation, etc.

Job definition:

1. A specific task done as part of one's occupation or for an agreed price
2. post of employment; full-time or part-time position: She was seeking a job as an editor.
3. anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility.

Hence, medical transcription requires special training. This is a CAREER.

The report we transcribe is a job with a job number.

I love this CAREER and am proud to be in my 12th year as a medical transcriptionist. I'm not rich, but my consistent $18 to $20 per hour equivalent is pretty darn good in this small town where the cost of living is pretty low.

Career? this thing is not a career anymore...sm
this is a sweat shop job right up there with all the illegal sweat shops out there.

Right now, i have no other choice but to do this "job" because with my disabilities, no other place will hire me and I especially cannot work out of the home anymore. Until I can get disability, I guess I will continue to do this job, until we are all phased out by Indian MTs and VR.
Andrews or M-TEC
Andrews and M-TEC. Do a search on either one of them and you will find they are the best of the best in MT training.
#1 is M-TEC, #2 Andrews, and #3 is...
Career Step, although I don't believe it is even CLOSE to as comprehensive as the M-Tec and Andrews.  If you want to really be prepared to work after graduating, you will chose wisely. 
Andrews. Never seen anyone not get a job
But I have seen several CS grads still looking for work months later. You get what you pay for, remember. Cheaper isn't always better. If you can't get a job after graduating, then you've lost far more money in the long run on the "cheaper" school. In fact, on another well-known MT site, there is a CS grad looking for work and the spelling/grammar is atrocious for someone who just "graduated." This person shouldn't have been allowed to graduate without honing those skills. Not saying that to be mean, just saying it's the school's job to see that graduates are work-ready and this person clearly was/is not.

JMHO, as an MT of 20+ years and an MTSO, and not to say that CS grads are bad because there are many excellent MTs who went to CS. I just question any school that allows anyone to "graduate" when they still spell common everyday words incorrectly. My two cents, FWIW.
Yes, Andrews or sm
The other one I cannot think of, check the boards at MTchat. Andrews has there own board and the other school, M-Tec or something like that. People rave about those two schools over there. Having it on a "list" is not necessarily indicative of a good school. I think you can even talk to some grads, or see their postings.
M-TEC or Andrews
I hope the original poster does her research. I graduated from M-Tec and got a job right away. Recently someone who learned on the job and had been working in an office for 5 years didn't last a week on my easier account. The point is, there are times when you can learn on the job. These days, that is not the norm. The best advice (in my opinion) is one of the 2 schools mentioned above. You just don't know if the people teaching you on the job are teaching you the right way or not.

I don't know why someone would say those graduates "suck eggs." It is proven time and again those graduates get the jobs because they simply learn more through these schools. Maybe the graduates did not go through the top tier program.

There is mega proof on side of these graduates being top notch (although I suppose there are always exceptions) so for anyone to say the opposite-- well my opinion is that is, again, not the norm. Makes you wonder what the motivation is.

If you take someone who takes a few anatomy lessons and put them on the job for a year and compare them to a recent graduate of Andrews or M-TEC's top tier program, the Andrews/M-TEC graduates, even with no job experience, will come out top by far. They simply cover THAT MUCH. That's why they are hired. Thanks for letting me have my say!

M Tec or Andrews?!

Can anyone tell me pros and cons of both of these schools?  I live in Canada and am trying to decide which one to go with.

Thanks in advance!

MTEC or Andrews
These 2 schools produce grads who are ready to work and get good jobs. They don't promise you a job, but upon graduation you have access to a list of companies that hire grads from these schools. I personally attended MTEC. They have a placement rate in the mid 90% range for their grads. I had no problem getting a job. In fact, every company I tested with offered me a job. I absolutely have no regrets about my choice to go with MTEC. You can't go wrong with Andrews either.
MTEC or Andrews
MTEC or Andrews would both be excellent choices. They are both well respected, and their graduates get a thorough education enabling them to get jobs.
Andrews turns out the best MTs!
They are "client ready" and have great success.
Does Andrews Accept Salliemae?
Best coding course is Andrews (sm),
same as for MT. AHIMA offers an online course, but Linda at Andrews says be careful because it's time limited; if you don't finish a section in time, you have to pay again. I would go with Andrews because then I'd know I'd get work right after completion. My husband is also studying coding; he's retraining from MT. He's combining it w/a degree in accounting. I only know of 2 online coding companies listed on the forum pedal to the metal (you'll have to Google it) and Amphion, a huge MT/coding company. Many companies right now are hiring coders to fly to the comapny and either audit or do the backlog. Check with "Redpen" (Peggy LaChance) at Andrews School for the best info as she is a working coder and instructor. Good luck.