This program is designed to prepare students with prior college training or related work experience for verbatim court reporting. Included are instruction in machine shorthand and transcription, legal and court procedures and computer-aided transcription (CAT).
Graduates are hired as judicial reporters in a traditional courthouse setting, a deposition suite, as a closed captioner for television programs, and a CART (Computer Access Realtime Translation) provider for individuals who are hard of hearing in academic, convention and sports venues.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Demonstrate machine shorthand competency and meet the National Court Reporters Association (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.
- Apply realtime writing skills to an internship experience wherein a 40-page error free transcript is produced.
- Define professional, ethical and social responsibilities of court reporting professionals as they relate to the judicial and broadcast captioning community.
- Apply new and existing technologies in the field of court reporting.