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

Medical Transcription 1 CAOT-216

  • Fall 2012
  • Section -01
  • 1 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 12/03/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: Sue Shibley M.Ed., CMT, CCS-P, CPC

Office Hours

  • Monday, 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM, MCL 108
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM, McLain 108
  • Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 10:50 AM, McLain 108
  • Thursday, 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM, MCL 108

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 216/217 (Merged) Blackboard web site to view course assignments and due dates.


This course is an introduction to transcribing recorded medical dictation and covers basic reports used in the medical field, related medical terminology, use of reference material, and specialized rules of grammar and punctuation peculiar to dictated medical reports. Emphasis is on the importance of correct usage of medical terms with an introduction to proofreading and editing of medical reports. Medical reports will be transcribed from four individual case studies covering the reproductive, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary body systems. Application testing is completed under timed conditions. This is a required course for students in the Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Receptionist, Medical Office Transcriptionist/Pre-Health Information Technology, and Medical Transcriptionist programs.


Text: Hillcrest Medical Center, 7th Edition with Blackboard Access Code
Publisher: Delmar
Author: Novak, Ph.D., Ireland, CMT
Copyright: 2010

ISBN# 1133158501


USB Storage Device for saving documents.


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

  • Transcribe with expediency and accuracy 8 common medical reports from 10 different specialties.
  • Proofread and correct medical reports to ensure accuracy.


Final grades are based as follows:                  

33%  Average of Case Report Scores (20 total)

33%  Average of Case Tests (4 total) plus Proofreading Exercises (4 total)

34%  Average of Timed Tests (1) and Timed Final Exam (1)

 Grading Scale

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 four individual case studies each of which relates to a patient with a specific medical problem.  Each case contains between three and eight reports.  Students are encouraged to submit case reports as they complete them so that the reports can be graded and returned to prevent errors being carried from one report to the next.

At the completion of each of the four case studies, students will be given one word meaning test with questions directly related to that particular case. 

Students will be required to complete and turn in one proofreading exercise located at the end of the textbook per case completed, i.e., Proofreading Exercise 1 will be submitted with the completed Case 1 documents.

The first timed test will be a timing of one randomly selected report from Case 1 or 2.  Students are encouraged to study all graded reports to prepare for this timing. 

The final exam will consist of a timing of one randomly selected report from Case 3 or 4. Students are encouraged to study all graded reports to prepare for this timing.  Online and published references, including the textbook, may be used during the timing and final exam, but no storage devices or previously graded reports can be accessed during these tests.

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. 

Refer to to see hours of operation and policies associated with the learning center.


Medical Transcription 2

CAOT 217

Case 5 documents, proofreading, and quiz must be completed by the end of Week 9 (Mar. 14, 2013).

Case 6 documents, proofreading, and quiz must be completed by the end of Week 10 (Mar. 21, 2013).

Case 7 documents, proofreading, quiz, and Timing #1 for CAOT 217 must be completed by the end of Week 12 (Apr. 11, 2013).

Case 9 documents, proofreading, and quiz must be completed by the end of Week 14 (Apr. 25, 2013).

Case 10 documents, proofreading, quiz, and Final Exam for CAOT 217 must be completed by the end of Week 16 (Thursday, May 9, 2013).--Beware, the last day in the FLC is a zoo.  Try to avoid having to test on this day for your own sanity!

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 12, 2012. 

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.