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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Business & Professional Programs • Computer Applications & Office Technology

Medical Transcription 3 CAOT-218

  • Fall 2011
  • Section 01
  • 1 Credits
  • 08/22/2011 to 12/29/2011
  • Modified 08/15/2011

Contact Information

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Meeting Times

Flexible Learning Center course

Although this is an open entry/open exit class where by student can work through course material at their own pace and according to their own schedule, students must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Flexible Learning Center. Refer to to see hours of operation and policies associated with the learning center.

Companion course web site: MyNIC Courses (  Access and submit assignments, access course e-mail and discussions, and view grades via the companion MyNIC Courses course site.

On Campus--Lab: 4 hours per week recommended in FLC
Room: McLain Hall, Room 104

NOTE:  You may work ahead in this course but late assignments will not be accepted.  Go to the Lessons tab in the CAOT 218 (Merged) Angel web site to view course assignments and due dates.


This course builds on the foundation laid in the Medical Transcription 1 and 2 courses and bridges the gap between the typically easy-to-understand dictation in the beginning transcription course and the difficult, often indistinct, dictation heard in the work environment of a medical transcriptionist. Emphasis is on proofreading and editing of medical reports, knowledge of abbreviations used in a variety of medical specialties, and speed and accuracy of transcription. Application testing is completed under timed conditions. Medical specialty areas covered include surgery, cardiology, diagnostic imaging/interventional radiology, pathology, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, and gastroenterology. This is a required course for students in the Medical Transcriptionist and Medical Office Transcriptionist/Pre-Health Information Technology programs. Prerequisite: Complete CAOT-217 with a minimum grade of C-. Students may enroll and complete these courses during the same semester.


Text #1: Forrest General Medical Center, 3rd Edition  Publisher:  Delmar

Author:  Conerly-Stewart, Ed.D., Lott, ART  Copyright:  2004

ISBN#  1-4018-3348-9

Text #2:  Saving Keystrokes Publisher:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkens
Author:  Rolland  Copyright: 2005
ISBN# 0-7817-6107-7

Text #3:  Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd Edition 

Publisher: Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity

Copyright:  2009


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At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Transcribe with expediency and accuracy 8 different medical reports from 15 medical specialties which are complicated by foreign accents, background noise, and advanced medical procedures.
  • Build an advanced medical vocabulary and knowledge of advanced medical procedures required of an independent medical transcriptionist.
  • Hone and perfect proofreading skill for accurate medical reports.  


Final grades are based as follows: 

33%  Average of Transcription Exercises, including proofreading skills (30 total)

33% Average of Chapter Tests (7 total) plus 1 Timed Transcription Test

34% Final Exam consisting of transcribing, proofreading, and printing of two medical reports to be completed within a 50 minute time limit.

A>95% A->90% B+>87% B>83% B->80% C+>77% C>73% C->70% D+>67% D>60% F<59%

Course Policies

Medical reports will be transcribed from 7 individual chapters, representing 7 different medical specialties.  The reports are varied and dictated by actual physicians in realistic surroundings.  Background noises are heard in many of the transcription exercises.  Students will transcribe foreign physicians’ dictation, which will broaden their experience in transcribing realistic medical dictation.

In addition to real-life dictation exercises, this course is designed to acquaint the student with a wider vocabulary of medical terms in 7 specialties and to provide them with a valuable resource reference to be used on the job.

The student will be required to complete the following transcription for each of the chapters:

Chapter 2: exercises 6, 7, 8, 9;

Chapter 3: exercises 3, 4, 6, 11;

Chapter 4: exercises 1, 4, 7, 12;

Chapter 5: exercises 1, 3, 4, 5;

Chapter 6: exercises 1, 2, 3, 6, 7;

Chapter 7: exercises 3, 4, 6, 11, 13;

Chapter 8: exercises 1, 2, 3, 4;

The goal is to turn out perfectly transcribed reports. Students are encouraged to carefully proofread their work before handing it in. Therefore, the grading of transcription assignments will be as follows:

                           Grading Guidelines for Transcription Exercises              


                        No. of errors                                         Earns this Grade


                        0                                                                      A  (4.0)


                        1 to 2                                                                B  (3.5 -3.0)


                        3 to 4                                                                C  (2.5 - 2.0)


                        5 to 6                                                                D  (1.5 - 1.0)


One timed transcription test will be given during the course of the semester, and an abbreviation test on each chapter that includes abbreviations, symbols, materials, and protocol discussed in class.  The final exam will consist of two medical reports to be keyed, proofread, and printed in 50 minutes.

Because Medical Transcription requires the use of digital audio files and specialized transcribing hardware and software, students must plan to complete transcription exercises in the Flexible Learning Center. 


See the Lessons Tab in Angel course site (MyNIC Courses) for course schedule/assignments and due dates.

Division Policies

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please refer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01:

Academic Integrity


Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC "Student Code of Conduct," Article II, (found in the Student Handbook):

 In order to carry out North Idaho College's Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values - which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility - make up academic integrity.


II.  Academic Dishonesty.

 Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:

 Cheating:  using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.

Fabrication:  falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.

 Plagiarism:  knowingly representing the words, ideas or work  of another as one's own in an academic exercise.

 Violation of Intellectual Property:  stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.

 Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:  knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.


 Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised.


Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.


Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.