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CAWT 131 - Medical Transcription - Maral Markarian

Course:Medical Transcription
Professor:Maral Markarian
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I am Maral Markarian. I am your instructor for CAWT 131 – Medical Transcription. I have been teaching at College of the  Canyons for over five years in the CAWT department as well as Continuing Education. I have worked in the medical field for numerous years, and have gained experience in many departments starting from reception up to management.  I have also been a medical transcriptionist for over 20 years, which encompassed radiology, internal medicine, and acute care.   

This course gives students an introduction to the transcription process, different types of report formatting and medical report typing rules. This entire course is based on listening to audio and typing the dictated report. 

The course will be conducted through Zoom meetings every Monday and Wednesday from 8 am to 10:20 pm. Zoom links will be available in Canvas. Students who have questions about these meeting must contact the instructor at  

Course Description

This course provides Medical Office Assistant students with entry-level skills in medical transcription using computer applications, medical dictation, transcription software, incorporating business English, medical knowledge, proofreading, and editing skills.

What to Expect in this Course

Students will learn how to transcribe medical reports by listening to audio, proofreading typed reports as well as perform speech recognition editing. During the transcription process, students will increase their medical vocabulary, use an appropriate format for transcribing reports, and apply specialized rules of grammar and punctuation particular to dictated medical reports. Students will also learn how to research drugs information and standard lab values to be able to complete the reports.

Students will be given audio files to listen to and type medical reports using the textbook as a guide to follow certain rules to apply accuracy to the reports.  

Types of Assessments

Exercises and Proofreading reports will be completed in MindTap (Cengage). Transcription reports will be typed in a Word document by listening to an audio provided in MindTap then uploading the completed report in MindTap. Quizzes and SRE reports will be done in Canvas.

Textbook Information

Hillcrest Medical Center: Healthcare Documentation & Medical Transcription 8th Edition 

Authors: Patricia A. Ireland and Carolyn K. Stein


The textbook will be used mostly as a reference material rather than a study guide. 

This course requires a Cengage Unlimited Subscription (four-month subscription at $124.99). If you have purchased a code last term, you still have access and do not need to purchase again. Sign in to your account and add this course. If you have not used Cengage previously, you must purchase an initial code to access the course assignments.  

The code gives you access to the e-book; however, you may rent a hard copy of the textbook for $9.99 from the Cengage website once you have registered for this course.

The code may be purchased at either the COC Bookstore, or directly from the Cengage Website



Other Relevant Course Information

All students must purchase a Cengage Unlimited code to be able to complete their assignments.

All students must use their e-mail account created for them by the college. Student may also use Inbox in Canvas.

Your instructor will not respond to your e-mail if you use your personal e-mail account. 

Students must post a one-time attendance post by the second day of class in the Attendance Forum. Not stating your presence in the Attendance Forum is the equivalent of not attending class and will result in being dropped from the course. 

On the first day of class:

1. Log into Canvas

2. On the left panel, click on Courses

3. Click on All Courses

4. Click on your CAWT 131 course.

5. Turn on your notifications in Canvas.

6. Read carefully all information under Modules.

7. Post to the Attendance Forum.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 01/22/2023 Sub#: 1315