Court and Realtime Reporting (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Melissa Blake
Coordinator Email:

Also online imageThis program is available on campus and online.

360 Virtual TourThis program, certified 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 $2,000 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.

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 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)
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra
Recommended: Geometry and Algebra 2/ Trigonometry


Approved by the National Court Reporters Association.

Features & Facilities: 
  • 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
Articulation Agreements: 

Alfred State College is a Communiversity at Jamestown Community College partner. We offer the court and realtime reporting program online through this agreement.

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 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 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.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Official court and hearing reporters
  • General freelance reporters
  • Realtime and closed-captioning reporters
  • Legal office administration and scoping
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State court and realtime reporting AAS graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Graduates of this program may transfer directly into our own baccalaureate program in technology management (BBA).

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
CTRP1174Realtime Writing Theory I4
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
Second Semestercredits
CTRP2274Realtime Writing Theory II4
CTRP3373Computer Aided Transcription3
 xxx3Humanities Requirement3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective3
Summer Session (required)credits
CTRP3163Speed Bldg I for Reporting/Caption3
CTRP3363Technology for Reporting/Caption3
Third Semestercredits
CTRP4265Speed Bldg II for Reporting/Caption5
CTRP2603Personal Dictionary Prod/Maint3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxx3Business Law or Med Term3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
CTRP4365Speed Bldg III for Reporting/Captioning5
CTRP4602Court/RT Intshp & Practice2
CTRP4634Court/RT Rptg Procedures4
 xxx3Business Law I or Med Term3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3

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 MEDR 1133 - medical terminology in either semester.

Also required: One unit of physical education.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees101212
Responding to Survey8 (80%)9 (75%)8 (67%)
Employed7 (88%)8 (89%)8 (100%)
Employed in Field7 (100%)7 (88%)8 (100%)
Transferred1 (12%)1 (11%)--
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,999 (1)
$40,000 - $49,999 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (6)