Medical transcription is a lucrative profession which allows you the flexibility to work from home. Unfortunately, it’s this appeal that has opened the doors for less than honest online medical transcription schools.
If you don’t know a lot about MT, then I will assure you it is a real profession and a real possibility. It is not a get rich quick scheme or overnight money maker.
If you’re shopping around for an online medical transcription course, here are a few things to keep in mind.
How to choose the right course and avoid scams
Make sure the company offering the course is reputable and has been around for a long time. You can do this by checking with the Better Business Bureau. Here are a few other things to look for.
Send the school an email asking a question about their course. If they respond promptly in a professional matter that’s a good sign. If they seem overly pushy be a bit weary.
Look at their website. Is it professional? Do they give you statistics about their success rates, student testimonials, Q and A section?
Do they have an online student log in area or online support if you have questions?
Are their company details listed on their website? Such as how long they’ve been in business, contact details (mailing address and phone number).
Do they make exaggerated promises about their course? If they are promising you will make a lot of money in a short time, then be careful. No one can really predict how much you will make or how long it will take you. They should give general statistics and figures in an unbiased way.
Do they provide financial aid or payment assistance?
Do they have a list of graduates or companies which have hired their graduates?
Do they give you updates of students who have graduated from their school?
Do they have a student message board, a newsletter or information which will make you feel part of a community?
Studying from home can be lonely at times, a reputable course will offer you assistance from the very beginning until you find a job.
Mila Sidman is an experienced MT and owner of http://www.AskTheMT.com -an informative website dedicated to answering all your medical transcription questions.