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HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam
HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam

Once you have been admitted to the College and submitted the Allied Health Science application (selecting Healthcare Documentation Specialist (Medical Transcription) as the Planned Course of Study), your next step is to take the COMPASS and the HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam.

What is the COMPASS

COMPASS is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. 

You are required to take the entire COMPASS; however, only the reading and writing portions of the COMPASS are used in the Medical Transcription Program admissions process. The math portion of the test is not used in the admissions process.

All Medical Transcription applicants are required to take the COMPASS with the following exceptions: Applicants who have taken prior college-level English courses or who have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college may be exempt from the COMPASS test.

What is the HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam

The HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam consists of 3 parts:

All HCDS applicants are required to take the Pre-Admission Exam.


Registering - COMPASS

Registration and Exam Dates – HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Test

The preadmission test may be taken online or on the Oak Ridge Campus.

Contact Linda Marsh to arrange a date and time.

Preparing - COMPASS

Preparing - HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam

Bring on the Day of the Exam

Results - COMPASS

Results - HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam


Roane State Community College allows applicants to re-take the timed writing portion of the pre-admission exam if the first timed writing wpm (words per minute) was in the 35-44 range.  Otherwise, applicants will be advised to enroll in the appropriate keyboarding classes.

After completing the COMPASS and the HCDS (Medical Transcription) Pre-Admission Exam

Admission/Acceptance Procedure: Acceptance of students into the HCDS Program is based on being admitted to the College, a submitted Allied Health Science application with HCDS as the Planned Course of Study, results of the COMPASS, Pre-Admission Exam scores, and approval from the Allied Health Science Admissions Committee. Students will be notified electonically via Raidernet email of acceptance or denial to the program. Applicants should read all of the admission requirements located on the HCDS Program webpage before applying.

Late applicants are permitted to test and are considered for admission into the program if positions are still available after the June 15th application deadline.

Contact: Linda Marsh • (865) 481-2012 •

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