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Scopist Major

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
ENG124  College Composition
AOT130  Communication and Transcription Skills
AOT121  Keyboarding/Formatting
IRT131  Legal Terminology
IRT133  Theory for Scopists
MTH108  Explorations in Modern Mathematics
BIO125  Medical Terminology
ENG230  Business Communication
ACC130  Business Law and Ethics
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
IRT229  Realtime Software Applications
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
BUS121  Business Administration
Non-Technical Elective
IRT231  Judicial Procedures ENT120  Entrepreneurship
ENT121  Entrepreneurial Marketing
ACC121  Principles of Accounting
PSY121  General Psychology or SOC121 Sociology
IRT Technical Elective
IRT233  Transcription and Editing for Scopists


Scopists are hired by court reporters to edit and proofread transcripts while the reporters work in court or take depositions. According to the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), there are an estimated 50,000 court reporters in the United States. Scoping is an ideal career for a person who prefers to work at home and provides flexibility in choosing how many hours you want to work.

The job of the scopist is to edit the stenograph-to-English translation of the trial proceeding recorded by the reporter and check for any mistranslations in order to correct words, such as proper names and any technical terms. A scopist uses specialized reporting software to review, edit and proofread the court transcript that can easily be transferred via online services.

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.