March 22-23, 2001
ITEM 110-2851-R0301 Approval of Proposal to Add a Medical Transcriptionist Certificate Program at Montana State University—Great Falls College of Technology
THAT: The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorize Montana State University—Great Falls College of Technology to award a certificate to any student who completes the required Medical Transcriptionist curriculum.
EXPLANATION: Montana State University—Great Falls College of Technology has an established Associate of Applied Science degree program in Medical Transcription. In requesting authorization to add this certificate program to its offerings, Montana State University—Great Falls College responds to industry and regional demands. There is currently a high demand in Montana and in the nation for medical transcriptionists, a demand that is increasingly being met by transcriptionists working from their homes. At the same time, with the current difficulties in the agricultural industry, rural Montanans need opportunities for new or supplemental careers that they can engage in from their homes. The proposed one-year certificate program in Medical Transcription will be delivered on-line to provide training for place-bound students who may choose to work as transcriptionists from their homes.