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Realtime Transcription Major

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
ENG124  College Composition
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
AOT130  Communication & Transcription Skills
IRT121  Realtime Theory I
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
Non-Technical Elective
IRT122  Realtime Theory II
IRT229  Realtime Software Applications
IRT129  Speed Building I
IRT240  Short Writing Techniques
ENG230  Business Communication
BUS121  Business Administration
IRT Technical Elective
IRT130  Speed Building II
ACC130  Business Law and Ethics
PSY121  General Psychology or SOC121 Sociology
IRT Technical Electives


Realtime transcriptionists who develop the ability to use the shorthand machine as the input device for text entry are availing themselves of a multitude of job opportunities. In the “Information Age,” companies are searching for staff that can input text accurately at high rates of speed. These companies are looking nationwide for well-trained information reporters who have good vocabulary, excellent English skills, good transcription skills and the ability to turn their work around quickly.

The realtime transcription option provides training to students on how to use the shorthand machine as an input device in lieu of the QWERTY keyboard and, therefore, produce text at lightning fast speeds. The steno strokes are translated as they are written, using a stored dictionary, and the resulting English text is input directly into the selected PC application. Not only can the reporters write text, they can also use steno strokes to send commands to the operating system or the application. The reporter can conduct all word processing functions from the shorthand machine and produce the document in a timely fashion without ever touching the keyboard or the mouse.

The JRC program offers distance learning opportunities through Web-based education.

The goal is that graduates will demonstrate the use of good grammar, punctuation and editing skills for transcription preparation and production; communicate clearly and concisely; utilize all information reporting technology; exemplify a high standard of ethics as an information reporting professional and demonstrate employability skills and characteristics as an information reporting professional.