The Associate of Applied Business degree in Captioning and Court Reporting with a concentration in Voice Writing will prepare students to be an entry-level court reporter in the judicial/official, freelance, captioning and/or CART avenues of the profession, or employment as a transcriptionist using voice writing technology. Upon completion of this certificate, students can sit for the NVRA Written Knowledge Test. This is a 100-question exam testing knowledge on procedural, and more academic-type materials including vocabulary, punctuation, transcript distribution, professional responsibilities, and ethics. Students can sit for the NVRA Skills Test, Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVA) using voice technology consisting of the dictation and transcription of three five-minute segments with accuracy of 95 percent - 180 word-per-minute literary, a 200 word-per-minute jury charge, and a 225 word-per-minute question and answer.

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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-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • Recommend students take CCR-1101 Introduction to Voice Writing in the semester 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 96% 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 Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR) Certification Exam.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CCR-1101 Introduction to Voice Writing 1
CCR-1350 Legal Terminology 3
CCR-1360 Court Procedures 3
CCR-1200 Voicewriting I 1 2
CCR-1210 Voicewriting II 1 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
CCR-1220 Voicewriting III 4
CCR-1451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 140 WPM 3
CCR-2351 Editing Legal Documents 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Humanities  
Ethics  
 Credit Hours13
Summer Session
CCR-1601 Court Reporting Technology 4
CJ-1120 Criminal Court Procedures 2
CCR-2401 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 180 WPM 3
 Credit Hours9
Third Semester
CCR-2451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 225 WPM 3
CCR-2480 Using Captioning Technology 3
CCR-2602 Technical Terminology 3
MATH-1xxx1000-level MATH course or higher 3
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
CCR-2470 Advanced Technology 3
CCR-2841 Internship 2
Select from one of the following: 2-3
Literary Writing  
Transcript Production for Court Reporting and Captioning  
Proofreading Skill Development  
DEGR-XXXXCommunication requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Cultural Anthropology  
Sociology of Gender  
 Credit Hours13-14
 Total Credit Hours61-62