What is required for medical transcriptionist certification?

In most cases, medical transcriptionist certification requirements include the completion of a regionally accredited 2-year associate's degree program or a 1-year certificate program approved by a national association of professional medical transcriptionists. This program must include intense studies of grammar, typing, medical terminology, human disease and anatomy, and legal issues as they pertain to health care information management. Getting accredited as a medical transcriptionist is not mandatory, but certification is preferred by many employers. There are two certifications that individuals can earn from the Association for Health Care Documentation Integrity (AHDI): a registered medical transcriptionist (RMT) certificate or a certified medical transcriptionist (CMT) certificate. Those already employed in or preparing for the field can obtain these by taking a written test once they have achieved a certain level of experience.