AHDI accreditation and curriculum for digital transcription training. The AHDI does the very best job of reviewing curriculum standards. Some schools use the same great curriculum the AHDI likes best, but they don’t choose to pursue AHDI accreditation. (We covered this in the previous post.) This creates confusion with students. Which digital transcription curriculum is the best and how do you tell?

Without a doubt, the SUM program by HPI is the gold standard in digital transcription training. Its creator is Sally Pitman. Sally also founded the AAMT, now called the AHDI. Many well-known schools use this curriculum although they don’t seem to say so. Maybe this is because the school mixes in some material of their own as a supplement or they offer internship as well. Some examples; we are told that Andrews School, Med Workshops, M-Tec, Kaplan and a few other lesser known schools use the SUM publications. There is little doubt that the SUM program is at the top of the list- you can’t go wrong with this material. In fact, my sister and daughter were trained using the SUM publications and they have done exceptionally well.

The other well-known curriculum was developed by Career Step. It is strictly online and requires little instructor participation. A computerized system moves the student along and grades all of the tests. It is more state-of-the art than the SUM program. The shortfall is the isolation the student feels in dealing with a computer instead of an instructor. Some schools use the Career Step platform software and do provide an instructor, but the purpose of this platform is to save on instructor expense.

These are the two major forms of curriculum which dominate digital transcription training. The bells and whistles are usually internship, in depth instructor participation, a small number of instructors per online class, etc. In other words, more hands-on participation by the school for the sake of the student.