Was it legit?
Yes, it is legit. If your looking into Medical Transcription, you want to attend a course approved by the AHDI (formerly the American Association of Medical Transcription). They set the standards for MT courses and employers know that graduates from these approved courses have the skills necessary to get started in the field.Did you complete the program, if so how long did it take?
The program is self-paced. I know a few people who have completed the course in only a few months. Others have taken a few years. It depends on how much time and effort you put into it. It took me about a year. I signed up just before my youngest son was born (again, not my brightest idea
). I actually didn't start on the course till months later. Even then, I was still adjusting to the late-night feedings and worked on the course VERY sporadically.Do you easily find steady work?
The success rate is really high, as mentioned by pp. I received a job offer less than a week after graduating. I have several friends who have been through the course and ALL were working within 3 weeks.What was the cost from starting the program and being fully set up to work?
There are several options you can chose. If you chose to take the course online, the platinum-level is $1560 and the gold-level is $1320. The Platinum-level offers job placement assistance, which I have heard wonderful things about. I never used it. Whether or not you will need to purchase anything else once you start working will depend on the company you work for (or whether or not you get your own clients). Some companies will provide everything, including a computer. My company provided all the software and some extra resource books. It was recommended that I purchase a Word Expander program, but I received a significant discount through the company. ---They do offer payment plans, Sallie Mae loans, and a scholarship to those who qualify. I'm not sure how much the scholarship is. Hubby makes quite a bit, so I think I received the minimum.How many hours a day do you work?
Again, this depends on who you work for and the contract you have with them. I chose to work part-time. I also work for a very flexible company. This way I can arrange my work schedule around my other activities (Being MOMS Club president, victim advocate, etc. ---- Activities which don't usually have a 'set' schedule).How is the $$$?
The US Department of Labor states "Medical transcriptionists had median hourly earnings of $13.64 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.50 and $16.32. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.67, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $19.11." ~http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos271.htm#emply
How much you make will be determined by your unique circumstances: How fast you type, how well you picked up the medical terminology, whether or not you use a word expander program, the difficult of your accounts, etc. Starting out can be difficult and it may take time to get used to your account specifics and the dictators. I actually made minimum wage for the first few months. I've been working for a year, this month, and my earnings are more on the high end. Again, though, this varies per MT.
It can be hard work, but I love it! I think that when it comes to working from home and being successful, you really have to find something you will enjoy. Hope that helps!!