Within the legal field, court reporters are entrusted to record everything said in court, at depositions, and legal meetings; reporters use computer technology and specialized software in their work today. Thus, "realtime" court reporters now find many applications for their skills outside the legal field in areas such as captioning and computer access real time translations (CART) providing utilizing either steno (Option A) or voice writing technology (Option B). This program provides the student with skills required to meet the challenges and opportunities available to court reporters in the modern workplace.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admissions Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • Recommend students take C&CR-1000 Introduction to Court Reporting or C&CR-1100 Introduction to Voice Captioning in the spring or summer prior to entering the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Adhere to ethical standards and requirements while completing work in a timely manner.
  2. Utilize appropriate reference materials (medical dictionaries, PDR, Internet) and employ language skills (punctuation, spelling, rules of grammar) in the production of transcribed materials.
  3. Work independently and apply business procedures to maintain a freelance practice.
  4. Write 225 wpm with 95% accuracy and apply real-time technology skills.
  5. Write 140 wpm of literary material with 96% real-time accuracy.

  6. Effectively apply the use of specialized vocabulary (business, sports, meteorology, politics) as found in current events to capture the spoken word in real time writing.
  7. Apply appropriate courtroom procedures to professional work.
  8. Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor in a legal setting while adhering to ethical standards and requirements and completing work in a timely manner.
  9. Prepared to sit for the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certification Exam.

Students must select either Option A (Court Reporting - Stenowriting) or Option B (Voicewriting) to complete this degree program. 

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
C&CR-1350 Legal Terminology 3
Select one of the following options:  
Option A
Introduction to Court Reporting  
Realtime Theory I  
Option B
Introduction to Voice Captioning  
Voicewriting I 1  
Voicewriting II 1  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours6
Second Semester
C&CR-2200 Medical Terminology for Captioning and Court Reporting 3
C&CR-2351 Editing Legal Documents 3
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
Select one of the following options:  
Option A
Realtime Theory II  
Realtime Theory III  
Option B
Voicewriting III  
 Credit Hours9
Summer Session
C&CR-1601 Court Reporting Technology 4
Realtime Theory IV (Option A)  
C&CR-1451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 140 WPM 3
CJ-1120 Criminal Court Procedures 2
 Credit Hours9
Third Semester
C&CR-2300 Court Procedures 3
C&CR-2401 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 180 WPM 3
C&CR-2602 Technical Terminology 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement 3
Arts & Humanities requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
C&CR-2451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 225 WPM 3
C&CR-2470 Advanced Technology 3
C&CR-2841 Internship 2
C&CR-xxxx Any C&CR elective course 1-3
Communication requirement 3
 Credit Hours12-14
 Total Credit Hours51-53


(A) Court Reporting

Court Reporting Option teaches students to utilize stenotype machines and software.

C&CR-1000Introduction to Court Reporting1
C&CR-1300Realtime Theory I4
C&CR-1331Realtime Theory II2
C&CR-1335Realtime Theory III2
C&CR-1341Realtime Theory IV2
Additional program courses51-53
Total Credit Hours62-64

(B) Voicewriting

Voicewriting Option teaches students to utilize voice-recognition software and technology. Voicewriting technology enables users to create and edit documents, send email, access the internet and perform other functions in a hands-free environment.

C&CR-1100Introduction to Voice Captioning1
C&CR-1200Voicewriting I2
C&CR-1210Voicewriting II2
C&CR-1220Voicewriting III4
Additional program courses51-53
Total Credit Hours60-62