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Becoming a nurse requires education and certification.

Posted By: Oh, please! on 2005-08-09
In Reply to: And I can become a nurse without training because I have experience in Band-Aid applications!! nm - Jen

MT does NOT.  A flying monkey could become an MT with a little training.  Some people make it sound as if we're doing brain surgery here.  Honestly, we are glorified typists.  Anyone who thinks it's more than that is just trying to feel better about being a medical typist.  I get slammed all the time for this opinion, but the harsh reality of it is that this is NOT a difficult field to get into IF you have the proper skills.  Don't slam someone for being a nurse and wanting to transition to MT.  She has more education and certification in the medical field than we do.  As long as she has good grammar, spelling, research, and typing skills, SHE WILL DO GREAT!!!!  Why do people have to be so egotistical and negative on these boards?  We ought to encourage newbies getting into the field instead of telling them it's too difficult or they aren't qualified.  Hey, let's just alienate all the newbies and send the work overseas to people who don't have EFL skills.

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    Whatever ---- you are entitled to your opinion!! But if that is what you think of MTing, comparing it to blacksmithing,you have no pride in what you do. I, for one, still have pride in what I do, and I chose to be certified! You can laugh at me all you want. Maybe I should be laughing at you - maybe you just can't pass the test ....bwaaaaaaahaaaaaa.
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    Have you ever seen anyone get the certification
    certification sm
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    Was just wondering if anyone can tell me what a CMT is?  I have a "certificate" from the school where I learned "medical transcription"..does that qualify me to be a CMT?
    CMT certification

    Is there any way to verify that someone is indeed a CMT?  The work of some I have seen lately cannot possibly be.

    For me, getting certified was a complete and utter waste. It did nothing for me other than making me poorer with all the fees and having to purchase the BOS. The local AAMT chapter folded, so the neat continuing education and networking seminars I used to attend are no longer held. I let my certification drop and did not renew. AAMT has not supported American transcriptionists nor have they even helped us in any way IMO. I will not be supporting AAMT with my hard-earned funds.

    I basically boycott AAMT the way I boycott Wal-Mart for their business practices. Ugh.

    cmt certification
    Most companies pay by the line/report and with CMT certification most companies pay more

    I sent an email directly to them stating that when our wages went back up and work came back from overseas then they could talk about certification then they could talk about certification.  They should be working on the first two.  Every MT should email them directly.


    There is not certification available for

    CMT certification

    I need some help here please.  I have been thinking of taking the CMT test but cannot decide.  The company that I work for will pay extra for the certification but is it really worth it?  I have been doing this job for almost 25 years, however, I worked for a local multispecialty clinic that did not have any idea about BOS, we simply typed what the doctor said and the format depended on each doctor.  They phased out our department several years ago and I have worked for a few services so I have definitely grown in all areas and learned BOS.  Can anyone give me the pros and cons of taking the test?  Is it as intimidating as it seems?  To me, one of the pros would be, after doing this job for so long, feeling like I really accomplished something in my field.  Any opinions, pros, cons, etc., would be greatly appreciated!!!


    It was for a job, which requires me to ....sm
    download ExpressScribe. I am trying to get this on there and it won't let me. To take the test, I have to have this ExpressScibe. So that is why I was trying to do it.
    Thinking about CMT certification...

    I have been a Transcriptionist for six years and am considering getting CMT certification.  I was just wondering what would be the benefit of having CMT certification, other than looking good on a resume? 


    I guess what I am trying to say is would it be worth the time and effort to joint AAMT and pay to test when I already have a great MT position.




     "All Dictaphone transcription service partners are required to pass its rigorous certification program to ensure even higher levels of service and proficiency in speech recognition editing..."

    (here is link to complete article)


     Why doesn't MQ ever tell there is "certification" for editors? 


    WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE --- "certification program" 

    I haven't heard anything about certifying editors, have you?

    And if that's so we better get a HE^^ OF A LOT MORE MONEY!!!! doing it.



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    CHRISTUS Health was having challenges streamlining productivity and transcription costs. According to Robert Jacobs, CHRISTUS market information officer, a selection committee made up of HIM directors, radiology directors and physicians, evaluated vendors and selected MedQuist for its capabilities to provide front-end speech recognition and back-end speech recognition transcription services.

    National Certification for MTs

    Can someone refer me to a website or something so I can get certified.  Finished my course with a college and they don't of course deal with the National Certification.  Anyone out there done the certification part.  Please help.  Thanks

    However, having some sort of certification does
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    certification v. certificate

    CMT= certified medical transcriptionist.  

    MTs with 2+ years of acute care experience who pass a test given by the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT)are CMTs.  They also need to prove they have accumulated a certain amount of continuing education credits every three years in order to maintain the certification.  HTH.

    certification question

    Ok, I have seen all the bad info about them in the Archives...  and I can't seem to type the name of this company; I get a message that I've used a "bad word!"  (Initials are TA -- sounds like a car name)  LOL 

    I wish I had known about this site before my dealings with them.  Anyway, I finished trning w/them and have been a paid IC for them for some time now.  But I'm working way too hard for too little money.  I do MT, QC, and file managing for them, and I'm chained to my computer for very little return.  The good thing:  I AM working, and I now have experience with rheumatology, cardiology, vascular, chronic pain mgmt, pulmonology, psych, etc.  The experience has been great.

    My question:  the only certification I have for MT is their course completion.  Anyone out there have experience with looking for another job with *only* a certificate like that? 

    Just wondering...  I'll sit back now and wait for you all to tell me I'm foolish.




    If it requires that much knowledge
    above the normal they might consider paying a wage for it - starting .07 cpl doesn't exactly scream you're valued for your knowledge.
    Editing requires a somewhat different set of SM
    talents and skills, Carole. Some make more, some less, depending on that. Also, very important, depending on how the lines edited are being counted compared to the amount of work required--this can vary widely, even within a company depending on which account being worked on.
    Excuse me, but VR requires the same
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    medical transcription certification


    I'm trying to figure out what the best all-around option is for gaining certification in medical transcription. (Balancing cost and quality of training)  This is what I've come across so far.  Recommendations would be very appreciated!

    Penn Foster (online): Around $1000

    Local Community College: Around $1300

    TechSkills: Around $6000 (which I thought was ridiculous, since their training is done from online or prerecorded modules just like many other online or mail options)

    Should I be looking for an Associate's degree, or is a certification (provided that it's accredited, of course) enough? I already have work experience on the clerical side of the healthcare industry.

    Thank you!

    Maybe it would finally be real certification, and not

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    But QAing requires much more knowledge
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    I got a written certification to participate in swimming
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    Make sure you check not only how much a program may cost you, but what your state requirements are. I'm in Utah and we are required to pass a state exam to be licensed to practice. There is also a national exam that is supposedly good if you take it, but is get pricey. I took the course locally with a program that included an internship. I personally found the career boring and it didn't pay well enough for me to pursue it, but every state has different pay scales so check into it.

    You should have a leg up because you do have to learn and memorize a lot of drug names and what they are for. Also, make sure your basic math skills are good. Mine stunk, so make sure you can remember how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals. Good luck!!!

    My question is why do you want that kind of pressure in a job that requires you to
    work 80 hours a week? If working 80 hours is part of the job at any given time, why would you want it?
    You need Microsoft's Word. It is a program that requires
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    The plural minutes requires "were". If he had said....sm
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    I meant eligible to take the certification. Thanks for pointing out my error.
    I didn't express that clearly.
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    Vonages requires high speed internet...

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    A macro shortcut requires that you strike 2 or more keys. nm