• Court Reporting (329.4)


    Also see Court Reporter (327.4)

     This program is designed to prepare students with prior college training or related work experience for verbatim court reporting. Included is instruction in machine shorthand and transcription, legal and court procedures and computer-aided transcription (CAT). Students who complete the certificate program qualify for many jobs. Shorthand reporters work wherever a true record of the proceedings is needed such as in the courts, governmental agencies, Congress, state legislatures, the United Nations, free-lance agencies and industry. Students must begin this program in the fall term as program courses are offered once a year.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

    1. Demonstrate machine shorthand competency and meet the NCRA Requirement of 95% accuracy in shorthand proficiency through successful completion of three, five minute tests with 95% accuracy at each of the following speeds: 225 words per minute testimony (two-voice), 200 words per minute jury charge, and 180 words per minute literary.
    2. Apply realtime writing skills to an internship experience wherein a 40-page error free transcript will be produced.
    3. Define professional, ethical and social responsibilities of court reporting professionals as they relate to the judicial and broadcast captioning community
    4. Apply new and existing technologies in the field of court reporting.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    CRT-100Court Reporting Orientation1
    CRT-101Court Reporting 14
    CRT-103Machine Shorthand Theory4
    Total Credits: 9

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    CRT-102Court Reporting 23
    CRT-111Court Transcription 13
    CRT-205Machine Shorthand Companion 3
    Total Credits: 12


    Course #Course NameCredits
    CRT-106Question and Answer 13
    CRT-107Jury Charge 13
    CRT-108Literary 13
    Total Credits: 9

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    CRT-206Question and Answer 23
    CRT-207Jury Charge 23
    CRT-208Literary 23
    CRT-211Court Transcription 23
    Total Credits: 15

    Fourth Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BUS-251Business Law 13
    CRT-215Court Transcription 32
    CRT-216Question and Answer 33
    CRT-217Jury Charge 33
    CRT-218Literary 33
    Total Credits: 12


    Course #Course NameCredits
    CRT-226Question and Answer 43
    CRT-227Jury Charge 43
    CRT-228Literary 43
    CRT-252PCourt Reporting Internship3
    Total Credits: 12
    Effective Spring 2015, CRT-102 Court Reporting 2 is 3 credits and CRT-205 - Machine Shorthand Companion (3 credits) is required in the second semester.
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 71
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