To become an audio transcription service provider, you need to receive an education about the business of medical transcription, medical terminology, procedures and necessary information. It is recommended that you take an MT course offered by a respected school for your education. Before getting started with a course, you will need some important materials, including a medical dictionary.
Here is a summary of the skills you should already have before taking a course on transcription.
You need good typing skills. You should be able to type at least 40 to 70 words per minute (WPM)
You need proper English editing skills
You need reading and listening skills
You need to have ability to work alone without supervision
You need good computer skills
You need to have some experience with word processing software (ie. MS Word) is an asset.
If you have the skills listed above, you already have what it takes to be an audio transcription service provider. But before landing a job, you must first become familiar with medical vocabulary and formats. Learning this material will typically take 300 to 400 hours of course study, which is usually done over a 6 month period. However, many courses allow you to work at your own pace, so you can complete all the material whenever you want.