Medical Transcription. AHDI Aligned. RHDS Certified



High School Diploma or GED/ High school equivalent

Completion Time

Completion Time

The average student completes in 8-12 months

Average Salary

Average Salary

According to Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median salary is $34,730


What you will do

As a medical transcriptionist, the work you do supports health care practitioners to ensure the accuracy of patient medical records. A medical transcriptionist, sometimes referred to as healthcare documentation specialists, listens to dictation reports, procedures, and notes from health care professionals and accurately transcribes those audio recordings into an electronic format.

Medical Transcriptionists have the flexibility to work from home. They also work in hospitals, health care clinics, and doctors’ offices.

Responsibilities of a medical transcriptionist include:

  • Checking audio for errors and reporting as necessary
  • Translating and understanding medical jargon, terms, and abbreviations into an easy-to-understand document
  • Editing medical documents according to the employer’s preferences and requirements
  • Using specific equipment and tools to dictate doctor’s notes into medical documentation
  • Following confidentiality laws and guidelines


Blackstone’s Medical Transcription Program includes human anatomy, pharmacology, and medical terminology. Through practice, you’ll build typing speed and efficiency, sharpen your grammar and punctuation skills, and learn medical transcription and editing methods. A 100 hour practicum with authentic doctor dictations and real-world practice provides hands-on experience to ensure you are accurately and effectively transcribing records and notes from a wide range of healthcare practitioners.

Graduates of Blackstone‘s Medical Transcription program are qualified to sit for the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) certification exam, administered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).

Program outcomes

  • Identify common learning strategies
  • Identify and describe common healthcare and medical reports
  • Explain the purpose and describe the components of a healthcare record
  • Demonstrate knowledge of guidelines for grammar, punctuation, editing, and transcription
  • Identify and define common medical prefixes, suffixes, and roots
  • Identify common diseases, diagnostic and surgical procedures, laboratory tests, and drugs used to treat disorders and diseases related to dermatology, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, orthopedics, urology, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurology, psychiatry, pathology, and radiology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper business etiquette
  • Define and explain the importance of medical ethics
  • Explain the difference between a healthcare record and a medical report
  • Describe the process for writing effective resumes and cover-letters
  • Describe how to proactively search for work as a medical transcriptionist

what you will make

Medical transcription earning potential varies based on factors such as experience, skills, and geographic location. High production employees have the potential to earn more in this field. The more you transcribe, the more you’ll make.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, medical transcriptionists median salary is  $34,730.




BCI is committed to providing quality, relevant, and affordable distance education programs that focus on the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level careers, professional development, or personal goals.

Why choose blackstone? Accredited programs, leads to certification and payment plan options to start your futurev


Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable price point. Everything you need to complete your Online Medical Transcription Program with Blackstone Career Institute is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your needs and learn how to become a Medical Transcriptionist today!


$ 2,493 One time payment
  • Fastest completion time
  • Access to all lessons
  • Total $2,493

Full Payment Plan total costs includes $2,343 Tuition and $150 Registration Fee.


$ 133 Month
  • Most popular plan
  • $99 Down, 18 payments of $133
  • Total $2,995

18 Month Autopay Plan requires a Down Payment of $99 with 18 monthly payments of $133 Total cost includes $2,343 Tuition, $150 Registration Fee, and $0 Finance Fee.


$ 99 Month
  • Lowest monthly payments
  • $99 Down, 24 payments of $99, final payment of $18
  • Total $2,995

24 Month Autopay Plan requires a Down Payment of $99 with 24 monthly payments of $99, final payment of $18. Total cost includes $2,343 Tuition, $150 Registration Fee, and $0 Finance Fee.

Military Benefits. blackstone is honored to provide quality online education programs to military members, veterans, and their families. Learn about online career training at no cost to you.
Military Benefits. blackstone is honored to provide quality online education programs to military members, veterans, and their families. Learn about online career training at no cost to you.

Blackstone is aware of the unique challenges faced by military members and their families. Our Medical Transcription Program is approved for the G.I. Bill® and Army COOL benefits. Our Admissions Team is here to guide you through our application process and assist you in accessing the education benefits you have earned.


Meet Your Instructor

Audrey Kirchner, CHDS Medical Transcription instructor

Audrey Kirchner, Medical Transcription Consultant

Audrey Kirchner, CHDS, has been involved in the medical transcription field since the 1970s.  She lives in the state of Washington and currently works full-time as an MT/editor for a transcription service in Colorado, covering multiple clinics and hospitals across all specialties in all parts of the United States.  She owned a robust MTSO for over 25 years and mentored hundreds of independent contractors of all expertise levels who worked for her.  In 2012, she became an MT instructor and since that time has worked for several online schools as well as teaching transcription at a local community college. In addition, she is a freelance writer, writing MT articles on a platform called Hubpages, as well as for Plexus Magazine for AHDI.  She enjoys photography, sports, gardening, gourmet cooking and playing piano, cohabitating with her beloved malamutes, and enjoying the company of her grandchildren and husband.

Course Materials included

Blackstone’s Medical Transcription Course includes resources from publishers – AHDI and Elsevier using VitalSource platforms all accessed through your Online Student account. Additionally, you will receive customized study guides directing you through all of your coursework.

Students will access medical transcription modules from Canscribe, and practice with authentic doctor dictations and transcription platform. Near the end of the program, students will obtain “real-world” experience in medical transcription/healthcare documentation in the practicum while being mentored by a practicum supervisor. Blackstone also includes a foot pedal designed for dictation and transcription, to be used in the program and beyond.


Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures you that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures, and policies meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Tuition for this program is $2,493 when you pay in full. Payment plans are also available.
Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer or check with their State and Local Assistance. Our goal is to find a payment solution that meets your needs.
Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here
Our open enrollment allows those who qualify, a high school diploma or an equivalent along with access to a Microsoft Windows compatible PC or MAC with Internet access is needed. All applicants must complete our Enrollment Agreement along with the required down payment for processing. Applications will be processed only if they are accompanied with the required payment. If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Student Services staff toll-free at 800-826-9228.
Blackstone’s Medical Transcription program is self-paced and fully online allowing you to study and complete coursework on a schedule that works best for you.. Many students complete the program in 8 -12 months. You’ll have up to 18 months from your enrollment date to access, complete, and graduate from this program.
Yes it does! Graduates of Blackstone‘s Medical Transcription training program are qualified to sit for the Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam, administered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).
Working in the medical transcription career offers a variety of healthcare settings, including doctors’ offices, public and private hospitals, teaching hospitals, medical transcription businesses, clinics, laboratories, radiology and pathology departments, insurance companies, medical libraries, government medical facilities, rehabilitation centers, legal offices, research centers, veterinary medical facilities, and associations representing the healthcare industry.
The medical transcription career offers the opportunity to work with healthcare professionals in multiple specialties. Transcriptionists work with pharmacists, therapists, technicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, psychologists, and other medical personnel. All of these healthcare providers rely on information that is received, documented, and dispersed by the medical transcriptionist.
As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online career programs that align with a certification give our graduates a leg up in finding entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to prepare an interview including writing a resume and cover letter. It also offers blog articles and networking insight.