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.
This program is available to be completed 100% online.
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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.
Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.
Program Admissions Requirements
Program Learning Outcomes
This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Adhere to ethical standards and requirements while completing work in a timely manner.
- Utilize appropriate reference materials (medical dictionaries, PDR, Internet) and employ language skills (punctuation, spelling, rules of grammar) in the production of transcribed materials.
- Work independently and apply business procedures to maintain a freelance practice.
- Write 225 wpm with 96% accuracy and apply real-time technology skills.
- Write 140 wpm of literary material with 96% real-time accuracy.
- 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.
- Apply appropriate courtroom procedures to professional work.
- Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor in a legal setting while adhering to ethical standards and requirements and completing work in a timely manner.
- Prepared to sit for the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certification Exam.
Suggested Semester Sequence
|Introduction to Stenographic Court Reporting
|Realtime Theory I
|Realtime Theory II
|Realtime Theory III
|Editing Legal Documents
|Criminal Court Procedures
|Realtime Theory IV
|Speedbuilding and Transcription at 140 WPM
|Court Reporting Technology
|Medical Terminology for Captioning and Court Reporting
|Speedbuilding and Transcription at 180 WPM
|Select one of the following:
|Transcript Production for Court Reporting and Captioning
|Proofreading Skill Development
|Speedbuilding and Transcription at 225 WPM
|Total Credit Hours
This class is only offered in the summer specific to C&CR students.
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.