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OFFC 1048 - Medical Transcription Skills

Office Skills Training Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​This course introduces you to the words and phrases of medical practice with the assistance of a software program. Medical terms that you previously studied will relate to those heard with the software. Through this course, you will develop entry-level transcription skills for transcribing dictated materials in an accurate and complete manner, following the proper documenting requirements used in areas of the medical field. This course is also designed for medical office personnel wishing to upgrade their medical transcription skills.


OFFC 1001





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 86262

Wed Jan 12 - Wed Mar 02 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 12 - Mar 02 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 Online


Baljit Lashar

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. *Permission required to register for this course IF the prerequisite has not been completed. EMAIL the Program Assistant and INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER. *Attendance to the first class is mandatory, no late registrations. *Minimum typing speed of 35wpm recommended for this class. *PLEASE NOTE that you will need to supply your own headset by the second class. You can purchase the recommended one at the BCIT bookstore: also the required textbook. *If you want to use a headset other than the recommended one, have it for the first class to ensure it will be compatible with our system. Not having a suitable headset when required will be considered a missed class. *This is not a self-paced course. You will be expected to be available and online on the posted days and times shown on your registration schedule. It is important to have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Course content, type and quality of assignments, and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. To be successful in this online course, plan to spend 7-10 hours per week on your studies, starting Week 1.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Transcribe medical dictation in the correct format for medical letters, chart notes, history and physical reports, discharge summaries, operative and pathology reports, and miscellaneous medical reports.
  • Apply correct transcription rules in the production of various medical documents.
  • Properly capitalize and punctuate documents.
  • Construct plural and adjective endings of medical terms.
  • Correctly spell English words, medical terms, and abbreviations, presented by a software program, either by memory or by utilizing a dictionary or reference book.
  • Correctly spell generic and brand name drugs by referring to the Physician's Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS).
  • Demonstrate effective proofreading and editing skills.

Effective as of Fall 2018

Related Programs

OFFC 1048 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Medical Office Assistant
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

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