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 steno writing. This program provides the student with skills required to meet the challenges and opportunities available to court reporters in the modern workplace.

This program is available to be completed 100% online.

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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-1000 Introduction to Stenographic Court Reporting 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 Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certification Exam.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CCR-1000 Introduction to Stenographic Court Reporting 1
CCR-1300 Realtime Theory I 4
CCR-1350 Legal Terminology 3
CCR-1360 Court Procedures 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
CCR-2200 Medical Terminology for Captioning and Court Reporting 3
CCR-2351 Editing Legal Documents 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Humanities
CCR-1331 Realtime Theory II 2
CCR-1335 Realtime Theory III 2
 Credit Hours13
Summer Session
CCR-1341 Realtime Theory IV 2
CCR-1451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 140 WPM 3
CJ-1120 Criminal Court Procedures 2
 Credit Hours7
Third Semester
CCR-1601 Court Reporting Technology 4
CCR-2401 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 180 WPM 3
CCR-2602 Technical Terminology 3
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology
Cultural Anthropology
Sociology of Gender
MATH-1190 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning (Or higher Approved Ohio Transfer 36 Mathematics course) 2 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
CCR-2451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 225 WPM 3
CCR-2470 Advanced Technology 3
CCR-2841 Internship 2
Select one of the following: 2-3
Transcript Production for Court Reporting and Captioning
Proofreading Skill Development
Communication requirement 3
 Credit Hours13-14
 Total Credit Hours63-64

Consecutive eight week course.


MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations or MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics taken prior to Fall 2024 will be accepted to meet Mathematics requirement for this program.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.