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Pharmacy Technician: Ready to Work Faster Than Ever

Posted by Chad Sines on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 11:25 AM


The pharmacy technician position is one of the fastest growing in the modern job market, as an aging population leads naturally to the need for a greater number of qualified, well-trained pharmacy employees. Due to this demand, and the overall appeal of pharmacy technician careers, Med-Line School is excited to announce the introduction of a comprehensive, three-month pharmacy technician course. Through this course, students will gain all of the necessary knowledge to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam and work effectively in a growing, rewarding industry.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that pharmacy technician job opportunities are set to grow 32 percent year over year, an excellent rate compared to the overall average of 14 percent expected job growth. In addition, pharmacy techs can expect to earn a starting salary of around $30,000 per year, with the top ten percent of pharmacy techs earning over $40,000. With strong starting salaries and high demand in the job market, this is an excellent time to start a new career as a pharmacy technician. Ahead, you will learn the highlights of the Med-Line School pharmacy tech course, along with a little more about the career itself.

What is a pharmacy tech?

The pharmacy technician is integral to the overall function of the pharmacy itself, working in both the customer service and pharmaceutical side of the business. Pharmacy techs help licensed pharmacists by obtaining information from customers, which is then used to fill prescriptions. In addition, pharmacy techs can expect to prepare prescriptions by counting tablets, compounding medications, labeling prescriptions, accepting payments, and processing insurance information.

What does Med-Line School's pharmacy technician course offer?

  • Few Weeks Duration – In a job market that has been tough in recent years, many people want to seek training for a new career, but don't think they have the time. Indeed, the four years and steep tuition rates required for a bachelor's degree can be prohibitive, even for people who are otherwise ambitious. Med-Line School's pharmacy technician course lasts only a few weeks, but packs in all of the information you need to successfully pass the licensing exam, and succeed in your new career. Instead of waiting four years to pursue a new career, you will be ready to go in just a few weeks.
  • Low Tuition – If you are looking to get out of an old career, and into a new one, chances are money is a factor. In addition to its short duration, the Med-Line School pharmacy technician course is reasonably priced. In the end, the low tuition is a small investment compared to the gain of a new, high-demand career as a pharmacy technician.
  • Comprehensive Training – Though the pharmacy technician course is designed in a streamlined manner for fast completion, no quality is sacrificed in the process. You will learn everything necessary to have a successful career as a pharmacy technician, from the basics to advanced techniques. At the conclusion of the course, you will be armed with everything you need to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

The pharmacy technician career path offers many rewards, beyond salary and growth. As a pharmacy technician, you will have the opportunity to work in an interesting, fast-paced environment, and help people on a daily basis. With strong growth projected for the foreseeable future, you will also have plenty of job opportunities, and stability once you find the perfect job. It all starts with training, however. With Med-Line School's new pharmacy technician course, you can be ready for your new career in just three months.


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From Transcription to Coding-- A Natural Journey

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Med-Line Medical CodingAre you medical transcriptionists seeking to expand your career options? Are you thinking about becoming a medical coder, but are concerned with the transitioning process? Well, you do not have to be concerned any longer. The transition from medical transcriptionist to medical coder will be simpler for you because you already possess the basic skills needed to succeed in this field. Developing both skill sets can open new and exciting career opportunities in this ever-changing industry.

Current Skills

As a medical transcriptionist, here are some of the skills you currently possess that will make transitioning to a medical coder almost effortless:

  • Accurate typing skills
  • Effective reading and listening skills
  • Ability to work alone with no supervision
  • Efficient computer skills, including basic computer programs
  • An understanding of medical language and terminology
  • Skills needed to understand medical reports

What is Medical Coding?

Medical coders translate patients’ medical records into the proper medical billing language. Their job is to apply this language, or medical coding, to procedures and services provided by doctors, hospitals and clinics so that the universal billing systems can understand it. These coded files are then electronically transmitted to healthcare insurance companies for billing purposes. Without medical coders, no one in the chain of healthcare providers would ever get paid.

Two Advantages of Transitioning from Transcriptionist to Coder

1)      Salary Advantages

According to a report by The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, which can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition:

Starting Pay

Medical Coders start out at about $14 per hour.

Experienced Pay

The US Department of Labor May 2008 Report on labor statistics breaks down the expected earnings of experienced medical coders into categories based on the types of facilities they choose to work for:

  • Federal executive offices – $42,760
  • General hospitals – $32,600
  • Nursing care facilities – $30,660
  • Outpatient care providers – $29,160
  • Doctors’ offices – $26,210

2)      Cross Training Advantages

Being certified as a medical transcriptionist, as well as a medical coder gives you more career options. By cross training to be skilled in both professions, you will be qualified to accept job offers and contracts in both fields. Here are some of the advantages of cross training:

  • Find a good paying job in either or both fields.
  • Obtain independent contracts in either or both fields.
  • Obtain independent contracts that allow you to provide both services, thus doubling your pay per project.

How to Become a Medical Coder

Medical coders must complete required training courses to become certified. Medical coding certification gives your employers and clients the guarantee that you are skilled and highly qualified in this field. A premium medical coding program will educate you on the skills you need to flourish in your new career as a medical coder.

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Topics: Medical Coding Training

Your New Career as a Medical Transcriptionist

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Get jobAre you seeking a new career? Looking for something that you know will have jobs available in the future? What about a career in medical transcription? Medical Transcriptionists are currently in high-demand. You can train in a matter of months and earn money as a full-time employee, or a work-at-home contractor. Let's examine some of the benefits of medical transcription credential training. 

Full-Time Employment

Medical transcription credential training will give you the boost you need to jump start your new career. With premium transcription training from Med-Line School and their credential preparation program, you will find yourself qualified to work for national services, hospitals, clinics and doctors as a skilled, full-time employee. 


As a private contractor, you will have the opportunity to have as many private clients that you have the ability to service. Thinking bigger? Why not be an entrepreneur and start your own medical transcription company? You can hire your own staff of skilled medical transcriptionists to work for you. Obtain your own contracts with hospitals, clinics and doctors and have your team there to provide the quality work. Sound good? This could be you with the right medical transcription credential training. 

High Demand

Over the last decade, doctors have made the transition from tapes to digital dictation. They found that tape files took up too much storage space. Plus, they are just not as secure as digital audio files, which can be transmitted over secure servers. Only highly skilled professionals are qualified to provide these services. That's why medical transcriptionists are currently in high-demand. How does this benefit you once your medical transcription credential training is complete?
  • The documents can be transmitted to anywhere from your work-at-home office. That means that you can live in one state, and have a medical transcription client in a completely different state.
  • Insurance companies will not pay invoices submitted by hospitals, clinics and doctors until the completed transcription report is submitted. They need trained transcriptionists like you to do this.
  • Jobs in the healthcare field are in high-demand, even in our tough economy. No matter how rough things get, people will always get sick, have accidents, give birth, need x-rays and need regular check-ups. Your medical transcription training will qualify you to become an important part of this ever-growing field. 

Growing Field

  • The US Department of Labor has done extensive research on the upcoming growth in the healthcare industry. They project an 11% growth in the industry in the next seven years. They further project that it will generate 3.2 million new jobs by 2018. Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 10 belong to the healthcare field.
  • A study was done by the Medical Transcription Industry Alliance (now CDIA). According to CDIA's 2011 U.S. Transcription Services Study, the medical transcription market has an expected growth of 15-20% over the next decade. With an expected growth that high, don't you think it's time to complete your medical transcription credential training to start your new career now?

* Isn't that a great reason to start your medical transcription training now? 

Choose the Right School

Med-Line School is ADHI-approved. We offer licensed distance learning courses, fully-credentialed CMT instructors, an externship and superior job placement services. Contact us for medical transcription credential training pricing information. 

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Chad Sines, MS, MBA, AHDI-F
Director of Admissions

Topics: Medical Transcription Training