Court and Realtime Reporting

Email address: blakemj@alfredstate.edu

AAS Degree – Code #0647

Certificate – Code #2152

Melissa Blake, Program Coordinator

These programs, certified by the National Court Reporters Association, prepare students for careers as official, freelance, realtime reporters, and captioners. Jobs are available for competent court reporters to work in all fields of reporting, including realtime and closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

One feature of the Court and Realtime Reporting program is the development of high speed recording skills to 225-plus words per minute through the use of realtime translation machine shorthand and computer aided transcription (CAT). In the first year, students learn realtime shorthand theory and develop computer skills that will enhance their overall employability. The prerequisite for entering the specialized court reporting course in the summer session is the attainment of a minimum recording speed of 90 words per minute. Development of skills in recording and transcribing specialized court reporting matter starts in the summer term and continues through the second year. Students in their senior year elect to go in to judicial or broadcast captioning.

All entering freshmen are required to purchase their own computerized shorthand machine and student software in order to practice realtime writing outside the class. The approximate cost of this equipment is $2,000 and should be included in college expenses.

The college offers court reporting-related courses (courses with a CTRP prefix) online, making it possible for students who transfer in credit or attend other colleges to earn their degree from Alfred State in court and realtime reporting or court reporting and captioning. The online approach still requires two years of course work and does not change any of the standards reflected in graduation requirements for all students. This approach is designed for those who are currently working and seeking a change in career, single parents, or individuals who cannot attend a college campus.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Develop a shorthand recording speed on five minutes of unfamiliar dictation with at least 95 percent accuracy in each of the following areas: Literary at 180 wpm, Jury Charge at 200 wpm, and two-voice at 225 wpm.

Write a dictated list with 95 percent accuracy using advanced shorthand theory, special abbreviations and phrasing principles applicable to legal and reporting work.

Perform readback and analysis of shorthand notes.

Perform proper transcription and various other functions using the computer.

Translate two-voice and multi-voice testimony, including medical and technical material, literary, jury charge dictation, and dictation containing current events at various speeds.

Utilize shorthand theory to write three unfamiliar literary material at a minimum of 180 wpm and to have the computer properly transcribe the dictation at 96 percent accuracy without editing and submit unedited captioned translations of three (3) 15-minute programs on varied topics for course evaluation taken from the internship experience.

Analyze and describe various aspects of the technology of court reporting and captioning.

Apply the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and capitalization of transcripts.

Apply proper legal, medical, and anatomical terminology in transcription.

Written and oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type).

Critical thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type).

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State Court and Realtime Reporting AAS graduates may enter directly into the Technology Management BBA degree program at Alfred State.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Official court and hearing reporters

General freelance reporters

Realtime and closed-captioning reporters

Legal office administration and scoping

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent - 89 percent are employed; 11 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Technology Management (BBA)

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Court and Realtime Reporting - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM (on campus and online)

First

CTRP

1174

Realtime Writing Theory I

4

BUAD

1103

Keyboarding

3

BUAD

1543

Grammar

3

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. Elective

3

16

Second

CTRP

2274

Realtime Writing Theory II

4

CTRP

3373

Computer Aided Transcription

3

xxx3

Humanities Gen. Ed. Elective

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. Elective

3

13

Summer Session (required)

CTRP

3163

Speed Bldg. I for Reporting/Caption

3

CTRP

3363

Tech. for Reporting/Captioning

3

6

Third

CTRP

4265

Speed Bldg. II for Reporting/Captioning

5

CTRP

2603

Personal Dictionary Prod./Maintenance

3

xxx3

Business Law I OR Medical Term.

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. Elective

3

17

Fourth

CTRP

4365

Speed Bldg. III for Reporting/Captioning

5

CTRP

4602

Internship & Practicum for R/C

2

CTRP

4634

Procedures for Reporting/Captioning

4

xxx3

Business Law I or Medical Term.

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed. Elective

3

17

Total Credit Hours: 70

* Students may select one of these general education requirements (math, science, psychology, sociology) for each semester.

** Students may select BUAD 3043 - business law I or MEDA 1133 - medical terminology in either semester.

Also required: one unit of physical education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the Associate of Applied Science degree requirements, the Business Department requires a 2.0 grade point average in required court reporting subjects. All courses listed must be satisfactorily completed and a minimum of 70 credit hours earned. Court reporting students must also meet all the NCRA requirements as stated in the course objectives, including the passing of three, five-minute tests on unfamiliar matter with 95 percent accuracy on two-voice material at 225 wpm, jury charge material at 200 wpm, and literary material at 180 wpm; two five-minute timed writings in keyboarding from unfamiliar material at a minimum of 60 gross wpm with a maximum of five errors; the completion of 40 verified hours of internship experience, including the production of a 40-page transcript; the transcription of a simulated RPR skills test at RPR speed levels in three hours; and the production of accurate transcripts using computer-aided technology as stated in the course outlines. Captioning students must write three (3) five-minute, 180-wpm literary tapes with 1.4 syllabic density at 96 percent accuracy; prepare a captioned translation evaluation taken from the internship experience; and complete at least 25 verified hours of actual writing time and 15 hours of research and dictionary preparation during the internship.

Court Reporting and Captioning - Certificate

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM (on campus and online)

First

CTRP

1174

Realtime Writing Theory I

4

BUAD

1543

Grammar*

3

7

Second

CTRP

2274

Realtime Writing Theory II

4

CTRP

3373

Computer Aided Transcription**

3

MEDR

1133

Medical Terminology

3

10

Summer Session (required)

CTRP

3163

Speed Bldg. I for Reporting/Caption***

3

CTRP

3363

Tech. for Reporting/Captioning****

3

6

Third

CTRP

4265

Speed Bldg. II for Reporting/Captioning

5

CTRP

2603

Personal Dictionary* Prod./Maintenance

3

8

Fourth

CTRP

4365

Speed Bldg. III for Reporting/Captioning

5

CTRP

4602

Internship & Practicum for R/C (Summer and Spring)

2

CTRP

4634

Procedures for Reporting/Captioning**

4

11

Total Credit Hours: 42

* Fall only

** Spring only

*** Online only

**** Summer and Fall

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

1. A cumulative overall index of at least 2.0 is required in order to graduate.

2. All CTRP skill writing classes must be taken and passed at Alfred with a passing grade of "C" or better.

3. The internship course is completed off campus.

4. All students are required to take CTRP 3163 in the summer.

5. Be sure to check for prerequisite requirements.

SOC Occupation Listings:

23-2091.00 Court Reporters

Costs for entire program completed in normal time (in-state):

Tuition and required fees: $12,375.80

Estimated costs of books and supplies: $3,000.00

Room and Board charges for living on campus: N/A

Additional cost information can be found at www.alfredstate.edu/paying-for-college/tuition-and-costs.