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Medical Transcription Certifications

Part of the Medical Transcription For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You don't need a certification to become a medical transcriptionist, and potential employers won't hold it against you if you don't have one. The key to breaking in to a career as a medical transcriptionist is formal training, not certification. However, you may want to earn a certification anyway to give yourself an edge over non-certified individuals competing for the same position, or simply to challenge yourself and see if you can pass the certification exam.

There are only two recognized certifications for medical transcriptionists:

  • Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT): The RMT exam tests core medical transcription knowledge skills expected of entry-level MTs. This credential is the only one that is realistic for new graduates of medical transcription programs and fledgling medical transcriptionists with little or no work experience.

  • Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT): This certification is for medical transcriptionists with at least two years of experience in acute-care transcription or a multispecialty environment. It's not an entry-level credential.

Both of these credentials are offered exclusively through the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI). The only way to earn either one is to pass the exams administered by the AHDI.

If any other organization says it can make you a certified medical transcriptionist, run — don't walk — in the other direction.

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