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Medical Transcription

Course Code: OADM 1456
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 10 Weeks X 6 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a BCCampus on-line provincial course. Medical Transcription is an introductory course that familiarizes students with transcribing medical documents from oral dictation. Emphasis is placed on transcribing accurate content and applying correct formats, grammar and punctuation. The main objective is to provide students with knowledge of the content and formats of medical reports typically dictated in clinics and hospitals.

Course Content

The following course content will be covered:

  1. Patient record confidentiality
  2. Medical record documentation
  3. Terminology for diseases, conditions, and treatment protocols
  4. Medical reports
  5. Job environment
  6. Electronic patient medical record

Methods of Instruction

Communications between instructor and students will be conducted online using the course email, bulletin board and chat utilities.  The instructor will guide the students through a series of learning objectives using motivation and online instruction.  The assigned readings, together with the reinforcement exercises, are the principal learning activities.  Additional materials and resources are available online.

Means of Assessment

Unit transcription assignments  30%
Assessment #1 (Ch 1 - 9)  20%
Assessment #2 (Ch 10 - 16)  20%
Final Exam  30%
Total 100%


Note: The letter grade assigned will be determined by the college at which you are registered.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course, you will reliably demonstrate  the ability to:

  1. Describe the importance of patient record confidentiality and apply industry guidelines to keep medical documentation secure
  2. Recognize the terminology for diseases, conditions, and treatment protocols related to the specialties of dermatology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, pulmonology, cardiology, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, urology and nephrology, neurology, psychology, haematology and oncology, and immunology
  3. Describe the purpose and types of information contained in the most common kinds of reports transcribed
  4. Transcribe accurately and correctly formatted office notes, chart notes, consultation letters, history and physical reports, operative reports, discharge summaries, radiology reports, pathology reports, operative reports, labour and delivery reports, emergency department reports, neuropsychological evaluations, and autopsy reports
  5. Develop proofreading and editing skills and apply them to transcription work, including speech recognized text, based on industry standards
  6. Examine the job environment of medical transcription and demonstrate an ability to work effectively and efficiently with the tools of medical transcription, including productivity tools
  7. Define and use appropriate parameters for editing, correcting, and amending the electronic patient medical record using industry-accepted standards and references

course prerequisites

(OADM 1104 and OADM 1107) or equivalent and OADM 1450 and OADM 1451 and OADM 1452

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.