The Court Reporting Institute of St. Louis offers voice writing and transcriptionist training to provide students with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in court reporting, stenography, medical transcription, legal transcription, and more. Curriculum includes topics such as court reporting technology and procedures, legal terminology, computer-aided transcription, and realtime translation. Other subjects covered during transcriptionist training include testimony, literary, and jury charge dictations, as well as the NVRA Code of Professional Responsibility. Through various techniques of instruction, the voice writing program provides students with the resources needed to cultivate the speed and skill required for this demanding role.

This course is designed to introduce basic concepts in voice writing using the voice silencer mask method of transcription. The course introduces basic principles of voice silencer mask operation. Emphasis is placed on the proper method of speaking into the voice silencer mask, distinguishing between the speakers, proper use of transcription equipment and proper format of transcribed material. A transcription speed of 100-140 wpm with 95% accuracy must be attained.

This course places emphasis on speed development at increasing speeds up to 225 wpm using the voice silencer mask method of transcription and reporting. Testimony, literary, and jury charge is dictated at speeds from 160 – 180 wpm. A dictation speed of 160-180 wpm with 95% accuracy must be attained. Prerequisite: CR-100

This is a technology-based course which focuses on computer-aided transcription (CAT) and realtime translation software for court reporters. Familiarization with litigation support is also included in course instruction.

The emphasis of this course is on the judicial system. Topics of the course will include the different types of courts and jurisdictions, discovery, trial, and appellate processes, the legislative process, and administrative and executive agencies. The role of the reporter in the legal system is defined, including ethics of the profession and the NVRA Code of Professional Responsibility. The course will familiarize students with the meanings and spellings of Latin and English terms, introduce methods of legal research and sources of law, and present the basic legal citation forms.

This course is designed to introduce to the principles of machine shorthand writing with punctuation. Brief forms, phonetic writing and their application to verbatim reporting are presented to begin the development of conflict-free writing and transcribing live dictation. Prerequisite: none.

This course places emphasis on speed development at increasing speeds up to 225 wpm using the voice silencer mask method of transcription and reporting. Testimony, literary, and jury charge is dictated at speeds from 200 – 225 wpm. A dictation speed of 200-225 wpm with 95% accuracy must be attained. Prerequisite: CR-200

Emphasis is on punctuation of spoken English, as transcribed by the reporter. The course covers application of the basic rules for written English and examines some of the special problems that reporters encounter. Among the topics covered are rules for abbreviations, use of quotes, numbers and paragraphing.

This course emphasizes the skills needed to be a freelance reporter or associate at a reporting firm, with importance placed on deposition format and procedure. Students also acquire the skills needed to be an official reporter, gaining experience in simulated courtroom situations and with preparation of multi-voice transcripts. Student must be able to produce a ten-page transcript of a court proceeding in two hours.

This course includes the study of the skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, circulatory and lymph system, gastrointestinal system, and genitourinary system. Instruction related to mental and physical diseases and the use of reference materials is included.

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Program Timeframe

Program Length: 36 weeks
38.5 Quarter Credit Hours of theory & associated labs
38.5 Total Qtr. Credit Hrs.

*Actual timeframe dependent on student performance & course availability.