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Completers of the court reporting diploma program are educated for interesting and challenging positions of responsibility and trust as official, freelance, government, and realtime reporters. Students receiving their diploma in Court Reporting must complete all requirements for all classes, as well as all graduation requirements listed in the catalog. This course of study meets or exceeds all requirements of the National Court Reporters Association. Students must take at least 12 credit hours per semester to qualify as a full-time student.

Program Information

  • Academic Level: Undergraduate
  • Academic Credential: Diploma
  • Delivery: Online and Onsite
  • Length of Program: 5 semesters
  • Normal Time Frame to Complete: 20 months
  • Maximum Time Frame to Complete: 32 months
  • Credit Hours: 58
  • Accepts Transfer of Credit: Yes

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a diploma in court reporting, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn 58 hours of credit for court reporting in machine shorthand, word processing, and other specified courses.  The student must complete the following specific requirements:
  2. Pass nine 5-minute dictation tests from unfamiliar material with at least 95 percent accuracy in the following categories: three 180 literary tests, three 200 jury charge tests, three 225 testimony tests following the college's exit speed requirement policy;
  3. Transcribe simulated CSR/RPR skills tests at 180 literary, 200 jury charge, 225 testimony with no more than 3.75 hours transcription time (75 minutes per test);
  4. Transcribe a simulated Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) test at 180-200 words per minute for five minutes;
  5. Produce a ten-page, first pass transcript with 95 percent translation within two hours;
  6. Complete an internship consisting of 60 actual hours of writing time on the shorthand machine and transcribe at least 50 pages from the internship experience;
  7. Pass Court Reporting English, Court Reporting Processes and Development, Introduction to Realtime Technology, Technology I, CSR/RPR Preparation, Courtroom\Court Reporting Practicum, Foundations of Law, Medical Terminology, and complete the court reporting internship.
  8. Students who repeat an SH (speedbuilding) course or exceed the standard time frame may be required to take remedial courses or electives each semester. Recommended electives are:  Captioning courses, Machine Shorthand electives or additional English\communications courses.
  9. Students must achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all courses completed.
  10. Students enrolled in court reporting and required academic classes online over the Internet meet the same requirements in all classes as students enrolled in courses onsite at the College of Reporting.

Suggested Schedule

A sample schedule is as follows:

5 Semesters -- 58 Credit Hours
(Courses identified as General Education are indicated with an asterisk.)

Semester 1:  Credits
CR100 - Court Reporting English 3
MT100 - Medical Terminology/Related Anatomy 3
*LT200 - Foundations of Law 3
Total Credits 9

Semester 2:  Credits
SH110-V - Theory I 12
CR110-V - Introduction to Realtime Technology 3
Total Credits 15

Semester 3:  Credits
CR120-V - Court Reporting Processes and Development 3
SH200 - Speedbuilding IV (Test-out Credit if Applicable) 6
SH220 - Speedbuilding V 6
Total Credits 15

Semester 4:  Credits
CR280-V - CSR/CVR Preparation 3
SH230 - Speedbuilding IV 6
Total Credits 9

Semester 5:  Credits
CR290 - Courtroom/Court Reporting Practicum 1
SH240 Speedbuilding VII 6
Total Credits 7

Course Descriptions

Students are placed in SH (machine shorthand) levels each semester. All courses include specific requirements, such as transcription, five-minute dictation test requirements, realtime writing, and a review of punctuation rules. SH110 is an intensive computerized machine shorthand theory course that is required courses for court reporting students attending the College of Court Reporting.

SH200, SH220, SH230, and SH240 are courses where students are placed in appropriate speedbuilding classes of court reporting testimony, literary, jury charge and legal opinion, and medical classes. In order to give students the most effective means of skill and speed development, students are placed in skill-building classes according to their tested shorthand speed. The requirements and grades from these speedbuilding classes are averaged to give students credit for the SH levels they are enrolled in each semester.

Online students will be online in a variety of situations such as dictation, chat rooms, etc., which is the same amount of time that onsite students are in class each week. In addition to the online interactive dictation and speedbuilding, online students will submit documented practice from CDs, audio and video dictation, textbook, straight copy, and other materials as assigned by their instructor.

 
SH110-V - Theory I 12 Credits
This is a comprehensive course that covers conflict-free theory of the shorthand machine. Through a study of phonics, the student is led to hear speech as sounds and to transmit the sounds through the fingers to the keyboard. Students learn to read from plated notes at a rapid rate of speed. Students will develop listening and concentration skills, which will aid in machine shorthand writing. Students will begin speedbuilding with a high degree of accuracy. Grades for this course will be based on shorthand skill and knowledge. Prerequisite: None.
 
SH200 - Speedbuilding IV 6 Credits
Students will continue to develop their computerized machine shorthand technology skills and speed development during the fourth semester of their training. They will be in a minimum of eight hours of live dictation in literary, medical, jury charge and legal opinion, and court reporting testimony. Students will be in a variety of speedbuilding classes a minimum of 8 hours every week and will be required to devote a minimum of 18 hours per week on skill and speed development. They will receive weekly transcription assignments. Grades for this course will be based on shorthand skill, weekly transcriptions, and punctuation grades on dictation evaluations. Prerequisite: SH110.
 
SH220 - Speedbuilding V 6 Credits
Students will begin high-speed dictation classes. They will have eight hours of dictation every week in literary, medical, jury charge and legal opinion, and court reporting testimony. Students will be in a variety of speedbuilding classes a minimum of 8 hours a week and will be required to devote a minimum of 18 hours per week on skill and speed development. They will receive weekly transcription assignments. Grades for this course will be based on shorthand skill, weekly transcriptions, and punctuation grades on dictation evaluations. Prerequisite: SH200.
 
SH230 - Speedbuilding VI 6 Credits
Students will continue with high-speed dictation classes. They will have eight hours of dictation every week in literary, medical, jury charge and legal opinion, and court reporting testimony. Students will be in a variety of speedbuilding classes a minimum of 8 hours a week and will be required to devote a minimum of 18 hours per week on skill and speed development. Students will take simulated Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) tests, and they will transcribe ten pages of transcript in two hours with 95 percent accuracy involving multiple speakers. Grades for this course will be based on shorthand skill, weekly transcriptions, and punctuation grades on dictation. Prerequisite: SH220.
 
SH240 - Speedbuilding VII 6 Credits

Students will complete all skill-development shorthand requirements. They will have a minimum of eight hours of live dictation weekly on literary, medical, jury charge and legal opinion, and two-voice testimony speedbuilding classes a minimum of 8 hours a week and will be required to devote a minimum of 18 hours. Students will turn in at least two transcriptions per week on skill and speed development. They will receive weekly transcription assignments. Grades for this course will be based on shorthand skill, weekly transcription, and punctuation grades on dictation evaluations.

To fulfill the court reporting graduation requirements for SH240, students must complete the following: pass three tests at each of the exit speeds at 180 literary, 200 jury charge/legal opinion, and 225 two-voice testimony; take a simulated CRR test at a speed of 180 to 200 wpm literary; prepare a salable ten-page transcript on CAT in two hours with 95 percent accuracy involving multiple speakers; transcribe a simulated CSR/RPR skills test at 180 literary, 200 jury charge, and 225 two-voice testimony with no more than 3.75 hours transcription time (75 minutes per test); and pass two 5-minute keyboarding tests at 60 net words per minute on unfamiliar material. Prerequisite: SH230.

 
CR100 - Court Reporting of Realtime English 3 Credits
This is a course that focuses on the application of punctuation, grammar, spelling, capitalization, vocabulary development, and number usage within the context of the spoken English language and proofreading of printed dictated material. Prerequisite: none.
 
CR110-V - Introduction to Realtime Technology 3 Credits

This course prepares students to complete transcripts using basic functionality available in their computer-aided transcription software. By the completion of this course, students will be able to transfer steno notes into their software or write in realtime; translate and edit transcripts; back up, import/export, and print transcript material; modify, create, and use various dictionaries; modify or create and insert files such as title pages and certificate pages; properly establish speaker identification; and utilize time-saving editing shortcuts. Students will learn to maintain their software and troubleshoot both software and hardware issues. Prerequisites: SH110 and CR100

 
CR120-V - Court Reporting Processes and Development 3 Credits

This is a course that prepares students to work as a court reporter. Students will work through a project book learning all aspects of preparing legal documents and transcripts for depositions, trials, hearings, and statements. They will learn how to transcribe multi-voice dictation using various acceptable forms. They will understand their role in the judicial process and learn the difference between reporting trials, depositions, statements, and hearings. They will learn to interrupt a speaker, various oaths for swearing a witness, research citations, report voir dire, set up a library and use reference materials, study the NCRA Code of Ethics, report on interpreted proceedings, certified questions, and prepare a deposition transcript.

 

Students will transcribe ten pages of transcript in two hours with 95 percent accuracy involving multiple speakers. They will discuss the profession and related job opportunities.

 

Students will create a formbook which includes various title pages, indexes, and certificates from various
freelance and official reporters. Students will review legal terminologies and have quizzes over legal words,
which have been assigned. Prerequisites: SH110-V, CR100, and CR110-V

 
CR210-V - Technology I 3 Credits

This is a second-level course in the usage of computer-aided transcription software. This course is intended to strengthen students’ knowledge in translation and fully editing transcripts, using features such as macros, keyboard maps, additional speaker identification options, creation and automatic insertion of include files, and indexing. Prerequisites: CR110-V, CR120-V, and SH110-V

 
CR280-V - CSR/RPR Preparation 3 Credits
This is a course for advanced court reporting students preparatory to entering the court reporting field as a certified court reporter. During the second year of school, students will prepare for the national test, the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), and state tests, the Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR). They will review all academics and take previous tests for review and evaluation. These tests will be given once a week during the 15-week semester. To prepare for the weekly tests, students will review punctuation, grammar, spelling, word usage, legal and medical terminologies, court reporting procedures, technology, and court reporting ethics. Prerequisites: LT200, MT100, SH220, CR210-V, and SH220; or CR120-V, CR210-V, LT200, MT100, and SH220.
 
CR290-V - Courtroom/Court Reporting Practicum 1 Credit
Students begin an on-the-job internship when they pass the five-minute 180 wpm two-voice testimony SAP requirement.  Students will spend 60 hours of actual time writing on the shorthand machine under the supervision of working reporters.  Interns will apply all aspects of court reporting procedures: swearing in witnesses, marking exhibits, making a title page, index page, certification page, direct and cross-examination, and parentheticals.  They will learn to mark, index, and store notes.  Students will transcribe at least 50 pages of a trial and/or deposition, which may be reviewed by the official or freelance reporter and graded by the court reporting instructor. Prerequisites: CR120-V, and one 5-minute 180 wpm two-voice testimony SAP requirement.
 
LT200 - Foundations of Law 3 Credits
This course is an overview of law covering all major areas of American law and the American legal system, including lectures, case studies, commentaries, and class discussions. Topics include ethics;, legislation; state, federal, and appellate courts; civil, criminal, torts, contacts, property, family law, administrative law;, and legal procedures. Prerequisite: None.
 
MT100 - Medical Terminology/Related Anatomy 3 Credits
This is a medical vocabulary building course. The most common medical terms will be defined to include prefixes, root words, and suffixes. Students will be responsible for spelling, defining, and pronouncing these terms. The course will include basic instruction in the musculoskeletal system and in the body systems and functions. Students will receive instruction related to psychological and physical diseases and drugs and in the use of the Physician's Desk Reference. They will receive instruction in the methods of researching medical information, such as names and descriptions of diseases and drugs. Prerequisite: None.
 

Consumer Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires that the College of Court Reporting provide the following consumer information for the Court Reporting Diploma program:

SCHOOL CODE:
OPEID (6-digit)
026158

PROGRAM NAME AND LENGTH:
Dept of Education 6-digit CIP for program
Court Reporting: 22.0303 Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other.: 10.0299
Name of program, if different than CIP program description provided above:
N\A
Select the credential level for this program:
Court Reporting - Diploma
Enter the program length:
Court Reporting Diploma - 20 months

RELATED OCCUPATIONS:
Occupations for which this program prepares students
www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/
Court Reporting: 22.0303 Court Reporting/Court Reporter
23-2091.00 Court Reporters—CIP-SOC: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2091.00

Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other.: 10.0299 (Voice Captioning) Court Reporting/Court Reporter
23-2091.00 Court Reporters—CIP-SOC: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2091.00

COST:
Enter the total tuition and required fees for the entire program completed in normal time:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: Court Reporting Diploma—$22,400
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: Court Reporting Diploma—$22,400
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: Court Reporting Diploma—$22,400
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: Court Reporting Diploma—$22,400
   
Enter the total estimated costs for books and supplies for the entire program:
Court Reporting Diploma - $4,340
Enter the total annual room and board charges for living on campus:
Court Reporting Diploma - N\A

DEBT AT PROGRAM COMPLETION FOR TUITION, BOOKS, AND RELATED FEES (REPORTED TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $0
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Enter the number of students completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0
   
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $0
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Number completing with any student loan debt between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0
   
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $0
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Median cumulative debt for number completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0
   
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $0
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Federal student loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0
   
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Private loan debt for number completing between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0
   
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011:
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012:
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: $0
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: $0
Institutional financing plan debt for number between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014:
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: $0

PROGRAM COMPLETION IN NORMAL TIME:
Enter the normal time in months to complete program as published in your institution catalog:
Court Reporting Diploma—20 months
Of the group of students completing the program between the respective reporting periods, the number who completed the program within the normal time reported above:
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 1
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: 0
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: 0
 

JOB PLACEMENT - As reported to Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Annual Institutional Report (AIR) or Updated Since Reporting Deadlines
Placement Requirements:
Prospective Students Must Contact His or Her State of Residence for Employment Eligibility and State Certification Requirements.
Enter the job placement rate for program completers:
July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011: N\A, first enrollment 06/06/2011
July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 100 percent
July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013: N/A (no graduates)
July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014: N/A (no graduates)
 

Tuition and Fees

There is a $50 application (registration) fee. We charge by the credit hour. All of our machine shorthand classes are six credit hours, our academics are three credit hours, and internships are one credit hour. We charge $375 per credit hour for onsite students and $225 per credit hour for onground students.  A monthly payment plan may be arranged whenever necessary. There is no service charge if tuition is paid monthly. A late charge may be assessed when payment is made past the due date. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover may be used for all payments. Financial Aid is also available to those who qualify. The college defines the following based on credit hours enrolled:

  • 12 +    Credits   = Full-time
  • 9 to 11 Credits = Three-quarter time
  • 6 to 8  Credits   = Half-time
  • 1 to 5  Credits = Less than half-time

All tuition, books, and fees are due by the end of the fourth week of the semester. Students who cannot pay their tuition in full by the due date must make payment arrangements through a payment plan with the director of student services. There is no service charge if tuition is paid monthly. A late charge may be assessed when payment is made past the due date. Discover, Visa, and MasterCard may be used for all payments. A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within six business days after the enrollment agreement is signed. After expiration of the six business days cancellation privilege, the school will retain the $50.00 registration fee.  A full refund will be made to any student who has not visited the college prior to enrollment, and, upon touring the institution or attending the regularly scheduled orientation/classes, the student withdrew from the program within three days.

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