What is required for medical transcriptionist certification?

In most cases, medical transcriptionist certification requirements include the completion of a regionally accredited two-year associate's degree program or a one-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 it is preferred by many employers. There are two certifications that can be earned from the Association for Health Care Documentation Integrity (AHDI): a registered medical transcriptionist (RMT) certificate or a certified medical transcriptionist (CMT) certificate. These can be obtained by taking a written test once a certain level of experience is obtained.