The Cornerstone of Success
Your Medical Transcription Education is the foundation for your entire career.  If you are serious about becoming a medical transcriptionist, it is wise to invest in proper education and training.  Visit the professional schools below and find a program that fits with your schedule and budget.
Remember, Medical Transcription is a specialty that cannot be learned overnight. A "medical transcription course" for sale on Ebay for $25 is probably not going to get you ready to work.  If you are going to purchase something second-hand, make sure it is a complete curriculum from one of the reputable schools.  Even older copies of curriculum are adequate, as medical terminology, word building, and anatomy do not typically change, and that is mostly what you will be studying as a beginner.  Beyond that, get your hands on as much practice dictation as you can, and make sure every dictation you find has a key so you can check your work, which will help you refine your skills.
Getting your Medical Transcription Education
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Deciding on a Transcription School
Many transcriptionists study at home by finding an online course.  There are several reputable schools that offer home-study and online job training.  Make sure you research each school you are considering, make sure they have good references and feedback from former students.
Medical Transcription 101
Do not be lured by Adult or Community Education courses that are only a few hours long, even if they offer a "Certificate."  these courses are informational in nature and are designed only to offer advice and facts about the career.  These courses might offer some interesting information but will not prepare you for the job.  Any certificate given to you upon completing this course is useless.  In order to be ready to work, you will need several months of consistent training and practice with a reputable school.
Practice Dictation
While you are getting your Medical Transcription Education, make sure you keep your skills sharp with a lot of practice dictation. Always check your answers against a key, and make notes of your mistakes. The more practice you get, the less mistakes you will make.
Medical Transcription Education Center
M-TEC is another top-notch schools. They are widely recognized and well organized and appear to offer good support for their students to find employment.
The Andrews School
This on-line school offers Medical Transcription and Medical Coding education. 
Career Step
Career Step is one of the top schools in Medical Transcription.  They are recognized by some of the top transcription companies as a reliable source of employable graduates. They also offer Medical Coding training.  As a bonus, they are offering a special discount to the wives of our Military solidiers.  There are colleges in several states that offer the Career Step curriculum.  Fill out their contact card to receive information about their training options and pricing programs.
Virtual Learning Center
VLC offers Medical Transcription, Medical Coding, and Medical Billing. They have a large website with good resources for MT professionals.
Starting your Career
Make sure you do your research on any potential career training program. Fill out all the contact cards to have the schools send you information about them. Look into the different options available. Ask questions about their programs. What kind of support can you expect? Visit medical transcription forums and message boards and ask questions about the school you are considering. What kind of feedback do you receive? Although the money you will pay for a good school is a wise investment, that does not mean that you automatically should go for the most expensive curriculum they offer, or that you should put your family in debt to enroll. Many of the big schools offer payment programs or financing, and if you still can't afford it, you can try and find used home-study courses to get started. 
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