The Certificate of Proficiency in Court Reporting NCRA Certified Steno Writing Curriculum 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 steno writing technology. Upon completion of this certificate, students can sit for the NCRA 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 NCRA Skills Test, Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) using steno writing 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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Program Admissions Requirements

  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

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.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
C&CR-1000 Introduction to Court Reporting 1
C&CR-1300 Realtime Theory I 4
C&CR-1350 Legal Terminology 3
 Credit Hours8
Second Semester
C&CR-1331 Realtime Theory II 2
C&CR-1335 Realtime Theory III 2
C&CR-2351 Editing Legal Documents 3
 Credit Hours7
Summer Session
C&CR-1341 Realtime Theory IV 2
C&CR-1451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 140 WPM 3
C&CR-1601 Court Reporting Technology 4
C&CR-xxxx Any C&CR elective course1-3
CJ-1120 Criminal Court Procedures 2
 Credit Hours12-14
Third Semester
C&CR-2200 Medical Terminology for Captioning and Court Reporting 3
C&CR-2300 Court Procedures 3
C&CR-2401 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 180 WPM 3
C&CR-2602 Technical Terminology 3
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
C&CR-2470 Advanced Technology 3
C&CR-2451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 225 WPM 3
C&CR-2841 Internship 2
C&CR-xxxx Any C&CR elective course1-3
 Credit Hours9-11
 Total Credit Hours48-52