A student receiving the Short-Term Certificate can work as a scopist or transcriptionist for a court reporting firm, doctor's office, or as an independent contractor utilizing either steno or voice writing technology.

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

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies 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. Utilize CAT software and knowledge of stenotype to produce transcripts and write at a minimum speed of 140 wpm with 95% accuracy.

Students interested in steno technology should take C&CR-1000, C&CR-1300, 1331, 1335, & 1341.  Students interested in voicewriting technology should take C&CR-1101, C&CR-1200, C&CR-1210, and C&CR-1220.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CCR-1350 Legal Terminology 3
Select one of the following: 1
Introduction to Stenographic Court Reporting
Introduction to Voice Writing
Select one of the following: 4
Realtime Theory I
Voicewriting I
and Voicewriting II
 Credit Hours8
Second Semester
CCR-2351 Editing Legal Documents 3
Select one of the following: 4
Realtime Theory II
and Realtime Theory III
Voicewriting III
 Credit Hours7
Summer Session
CCR-1451 Speedbuilding and Transcription at 140 WPM 3
CCR-1601 Court Reporting Technology 4
CCR-2200 Medical Terminology for Captioning and Court Reporting 3
 Credit Hours10
Third Semester
CCR-1341 Realtime Theory IV 2
 Credit Hours2
 Total Credit Hours27

Consecutive eight week course.

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.