Medical transcription program coming to Yankton in January

Medical transcription program coming to Yankton in January The Regional Technical Education Center, in partnership with Presentation College, Southeast Job Link and area South Dakota Career Centers, is pleased to announce a new training program that in less than one year could help ease the demand for qualified medical transcriptionists while offering new options for those seeking flexible careers.

"It is exciting to see RTEC being able to offer medical transcription classes locally," said Susan Schavee, director of Human Resources at the Yankton Medical Clinic. "Medical transcription is a career that is portable, always in demand, and trends indicate more medical transcriptionists will be needed in the future."

Jaci Benjamin sees that need firsthand as manager of the Vermillion Career Center. "These classes will be very welcome," she said. "Medical transcription jobs are harder to fill because people need to have the education so they know the terminology and coding involved. They're not jobs that people can just walk into.

"But the neat thing is that individuals can do medical transcription out of their homes," Benjamin said. "It opens up a whole new avenue of employment for moms who want to stay at home and still earn an income for their family."

The three-semester medical transcription course, slated to begin Jan. 6, will be delivered by Aberdeen's Presentation College as an outreach program. Classes will be held in Yankton and will feature online coursework facilitated by local instructors. Courses during the spring and summer semesters will be held primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Class times during the final semester in the fall will vary according to clinical scheduling.

Cost for the 38-credit medical transcription certificate program, including tuition, books and supplies, has been set at $5,574. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Interested students are urged to contact the Regional Technical Education Center at 605.668.3480 as soon as possible to get their names on the class list and begin the registration process with Presentation College.

A financial aid/information night has been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC), 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton.

At the meeting, a recruitment representative and financial aid advisor from Presentation College will be on hand to answer questions and guide prospective students through the enrollment process.

Upon successful completion in December 2005, students will be qualified to work in a hospital, clinic, physician's office, transcription service, insurance company, home healthcare agency, or from their own home as an independent contractor.

Those who finish the program will earn a certificate and be qualified to enter the workforce, earning average wages that range from $10-$16 per hour. They will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Medical Transcriptionists and could even choose to continue their studies by pursuing an Associate of Science degree from Presentation College.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our community. I see this as one more step we're making in Yankton to home-grow our own workforce," said Fred Binder, manager of the Yankton Career Center. "It's very proactive to see a need and then to do something about it by bringing in a specialized training program to help fill it. It's exactly what we need to be doing."

"We've come close to providing a medical transcription course through other partners in the past, but things just never fell into place," according to Southeast Job Link's Ric Morton, who has been working with RTEC officials to coordinate new training programs for the Yankton region. "Now, however, everything appears ready to go and we can't wait to get things rolling."

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