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Acute Care Module Online Courses

Acute Care Module

Are you one of the many transcriptionists who have been working in or for a clinic setting but have been kept back from opportunities because you have not had acute care experience?  OAK Horizons and AHDI have bundled five (5) of their continuing education modules into an Acute Care Module to help clinic medical transcriptionists move into the acute care arena. The bundle includes:

  • Cardiology,
  • Respiratory,
  • Gastroenterology,
  • Orthopedics, and
  • General Surgery. 

The course covers basic acute care documentation to include discharge summaries, history and physicals, consults, emergency department notes, and operative notes. Each specialty covers basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease process, pharmacology, laboratory, operative procedures and specialty specific transcription. 


This is an online independent study opportunity. The module will be open for three (3) months with unlimited access. There is continual testing and evaluation throughout the program. Candidates transcribe and verify their work through transcription keys provided for each report. Quizzes are autocorrected and can be retaken at the candidate’s leisure.


Required References

Book of Style for Medical Transcription, 3rd Edition – Sims
Language of Medicine (version 6 or higher) - Chabner


The Book of Style can be purchased through AHDI by clicking here or by calling Member Services toll free at 800-982-2182. The Language of Medicine may be purchased online through Elsevier. AHDI members can use the Elsevier portal in the member’s only section of the website and receive 5% off your purchase and free shipping. Nonmembers can purchase The Language of Medicine here.


Course Overview


Experience as a Medical Transcriptionist - Recommended


Time Commitment


Approximately 5-10 hours per week for the 12-week course commitment.


$295.00 per course for AHDI members
$350.00 per course for non-AHDI members

Refunds cannot be given after the close of registration for each class cycle.

Delivery of Program

Participants register and pay for the courses on the AHDI website. Before the course cycle begins, participants will be issued a website URL, a username and a password with which to access the course website, an established e-learning platform where the AHDI online continuing education courses are hosted. Once you have received confirmation of your registration from AHDI, you will normally not receive any further communication. You can log into the course by following the login instructions explained below.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 200Mhz processor
  • 64MB RAM
  • Windows 98 or higher
  • Sound card
  • 15" monitor
  • USB, serial port, or game port foot pedal control recommended

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Word - version 97 or higher (MS Word is the most commonly used software in the industry and is required for its compatibility with other required software)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher or Mozilla Firefox



Course Schedule

Registration for each month is available the preceding month through the 25th. For example, if you want to take the course in December, you must register by November 25; if you want to take the course in January, you must register by December 25, and so on. Participants will be given access the first day of the month following the close of registration and will have access for 12 weeks.


After Registration, Your Next Steps

Once you have registered and the course has started, please follow the following link http://moodle.ahdionline.org in order to access the course. The username is your eight digit customer number or AHDI member number. The password is your five-digit zip code. You will only be able to log in once the course has started. Please read all of the items contained in the Course Information section to familiarize yourself with the course contents.

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