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Court and Realtime Reporting
This program is available on campus and online.
This program, approved by the National Court Reporters Association, prepares 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 $2,300 and should be included in college expenses.
The college offers court reporting-related courses 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. 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 college campus.
- 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 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 two five-minute, two-voice non-realtime tests at 225 wpm with 95 percent accuracy (captioning students).
- 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 & oral communication (appropriate to degree level and type)
- Critical thinking (problem solving, reasoning skills appropriate to degree level and type)
Recommended: Geometry and Algebra 2/ Trigonometry
Approved by the National Court Reporters Association.
- Prepares students for careers as official or free-lance reporters
- Approved by National Court Reporters Association
- Students use the most technologically advanced equipment and techniques, including online computers and realtime translation
- Program also available entirely online
Alfred State College is a Communiversity at Jamestown Community College partner. We offer the court and realtime reporting program online through this agreement.
In addition to the AAS Degree requirements, the Business Department requires a 2.0 index in required court reporting subjects. All courses listed must be satisfactorily completed and a minimum of 62 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 time 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 a five-minute, 180-wpm literary tape with 1.4 syllabic density at 96 percent accuracy; prepare a captioned translation evaluation taken from the internship experience; and complete at least 40 verified hours of actual writing time during the internship.
- Official court and hearing reporters
- General freelance reporters
- Realtime and closed-captioning reporters
- Legal office administration and scoping
Alfred State court and realtime reporting AAS graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.
Graduates of this program may transfer directly into our own baccalaureate program in technology management (BBA).
|CTRP||1174||Realtime Writing Theory I||4|
|xxx3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|CTRP||2274||Realtime Writing Theory II||4|
|CTRP||3373||Computer Aided Transcription||3|
|xxx3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Summer Session (required)||credits|
|CTRP||3163||Speed Bldg I for Reporting/Caption||3|
|CTRP||3363||Technology for Reporting/Caption||3|
|CTRP||4265||Speed Bldg II for Reporting/Caption||5|
|CTRP||2603||Personal Dictionary Prod/Maint||3|
|xxx3||Business Law or Med Term||3|
|xxx3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|CTRP||4365||Speed Bldg III for Reporting/Captioning||5|
|CTRP||4602||Court/RT Intshp & Practice||2|
|CTRP||4634||Court/RT Rptg Procedures||4|
|xxx3||Business Law I or Med Term||3|
|xxx3||Gen Education Elective||3|
* Students may select one of these general education requirements (math, science, psychology, sociology) for each semester.
Also required: One unit of physical education.
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|Employed||4 (100%)||7 (88%)||8 (89%)|
|Employed in Field||4 (100%)||7 (100%)||7 (88%)|
|Transferred||--||1 (12%)||1 (11%)|
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