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 A101 A102 B201 B202 D401 D402 C302 E101 E201
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BRSCR offers eight programs of study

BRSCR offers each of these programs online (A102, B202, C302, D402, E101 and E201).

 

COURT REPORTER TRAINING OVERVIEW

 

Program A, Court Reporter Training with Theory (A101) is designed for a student who is a new entry into the court reporting curriculum with no previous foundation.  The student will complete a four-month machine stenographic theory program, before entering the speedbuilding, academic and professional curriculum offered by BRSCR. 

 

Program B, Court Reporter Training without Theory (B201) is designed for a student who has already successfully completed a recognized theory program, and is able to steno write at a speed of 40 wpm.  The student will enter directly into the speedbuilding, academic, and professional curriculum offered by BRSCR.

 

Note:  Students will need a laptop computer for entry into this program.

 

 

STENO THEORY CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 

The theory curriculum is a 16-week intensive program of study designed to take a beginning student from 0 words a minute to 40 words per minute skill writing on their stenowriter upon completion.

 

Students will learn the history of the court reporting profession, the mechanics of their stenowriter, proper positioning and stroking techniques, the ďalphabetĒ of their keyboard, and progress from stroking letters of the alphabet, to words, to complete sentence dictation.

 

SPEEDBUILDING CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The speedbuilding curriculum is based upon a three-level incremental speedbuilding program.  Each phase of speedbuilding is designed to incorporate and build upon the previous level.  Students will be building their confidence in their writing skills in a positive, reinforcing atmosphere, while growing in their knowledge base of all facets of the court reporting profession as they progress through the different levels.  Each level requires mastery of the preceding level and is designed to challenge the student to reach for greater strength and stamina in their training program.  Students will be allowed to test out of any speedbuilding course offered. 

Speedbuilding I  (60-100)  The purpose of this course is to progress a student from 60 wpm to 100 wpm in their keyboard writing skills through 20-word increments of speed using the modalities of live dictation and a steno skills lab. 

Speedbuilding II (120-160)  The purpose of this course is to progress students from 120 wpm to 160 wpm in their keyboard writing skills through 20-word increments of speed using the modalities of live dictation and a steno skills lab.

Speedbuilding III (180-225)  The purpose of this course is to progress students from 180 wpm to 225+ wpm in their keyboard writing skills through 20-word increments of speed using the modalities of live dictation and a steno skills lab. 

Steno Skills Course (Lab)  This class will run concurrently with each of the Speedbuilding classes.  A student must be enrolled in Steno Skills Class at all times.  A student will be required to participate in a lab for one (1) hour each class day perfecting the live dictation received that day in the Speedbuilding class, mastering all incorrect strokes, and entering correctly in studentís dictionary.

  

ACADEMIC CURRICULUM OVERVIEW 

The Academic Curriculum consists of various courses outlined below pertinent to the successful application of knowledge in the court reporting field.  Students may test out of any academic course offered.

English I  This 12-week course will cover basic grammar:  parts of a sentence, possessives, capitalization, quotations, homonyms, quotes, etc. 

English II  This 12-week course will be designed to address the specific punctuation needs encountered by a professional court reporter.   

Medical Terminology  This 12-week course will introduce the student to a broad-based medical vocabulary, as well as the correct steno outlines for successful writing and translation of same. 

Legal Terminology/Case Law  This 12-week course will introduce the student to an extensive legal vocabulary, as well as how to research and correctly cite case law.

  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW

The Professional Development curriculum is based upon an intensive two-pronged program.  Students at this point in their academic life are expected and required to have passed all previous academic courses offered, and be writing 180 wpm or greater with significant mastery and confidence in their writing skills. 

The Certification Preparation and Practical Applications Courses will strive to bring everyday practical applications to the reporting student that they may encounter when working in a professional capacity. 

The Internship Course will consist of a handís-on internship wherein the student will be assigned a working reporter to shadow in their judiciary and freelance reporting activities.  Students will focus on and utilize all of the methodology and practice and procedure they have studied.  They will perfect their craft during this phase, and be ready to produce marketable transcripts upon their entry into the professional world. 

Students may test out of any academic course offered.

Practical Applications  This 12-week class will focus on the duties of a reporter (freelance or judicial), application of technology pertinent to our field, and all procedures and requirements expected of a working reporter.

Certificate Preparation/RPR Preparation  This 12-week class will serve as a refresher of all previously covered academics, and an intensive review for successful completion of the written exam for both state and national certification. 

Internship  This 20-hour internship will afford the student an opportunity to shadow a working court reporter to teach the student through handís-on experience all aspects of producing a marketable, certifiable transcript, and the professional responsibilities of a court reporter in the field.  Program outline (Court Reporting)

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SCOPIST TRAINING CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 

 

Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting offers a parallel program of study, Scopist Training Program Online (C302), as an adjunct to its Court Reporter and CART/Captioning training programs.  This program consists of a 6-month intensive curriculum designed to prepare a student to perform computer-aided transcription from a court reporterís notes/audio files into a marketable, finished product. 

 

Scoping as an occupation, affords a person the opportunity to work in a flexible work environment, using cutting-edge technology, in a high-demand, challenging field.  This program consists of a 6-month intensive curriculum designed to prepare a student to perform computer-aided transcription from a court reporterís notes/audio files into a marketable, finished product.

 

The curriculum encompasses eight courses:  Theory I (learning the language of steno,); Theory II (complex steno stroking patterns); English I (basic parts of grammar); English II (Court Reportersí English); Medical Terminology; Legal Terminology/Case Law; Practical Applications, and Technology.

 

Students are required to have either a laptop or a desktop computer as well as high-speed Internet access.  Students will be required to provide the required textbook for each academic. 

 

Prerequisites for acceptance into Program:  High school diploma or equivalent GED; typing speed of 40 wpm.  This program of study is offered in online format as Scopist Training Online (C302) Program Outline (Scopist Training)

 

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CART/CAPTIONING TRAINING CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 

Communication Access Realtime Translation/Captioning Training (D401) is designed for a student who wishes to enter the field of communication access realtime transcription (assisting visually or hearing-impaired clientele), or broadcast captioning (designed to enter the field of television and/or media broadcast captioning).  This program of study is also offered in online format as CART/Captioning Training Online (D402).   

Note:  Students will follow the A101 course of study for Theory Course (Theory I/Theory II), Steno Skills Theory Lab, Speedbuilding I Course, Speedbuilding II Course, Steno Skills Speedbuilding Labs, English I Course, English II Course, Medical Terminology Course, and Legal Terminology/Case Law Course, before taking the specialized CART/Captioning courses.

 Students are required to have a laptop or computer access (for transcription use and download of course materials), a student SRT400 steno writer, and will be required to provide the required textbooks for each course.  Further information on computer requirements, as well as required texts may be found on our Web site.  Students are also required to have internet access and email capability.   Students in Program of Study D402 will also be assessed a one-time software licensing fee of $100 for permission to use Eclipse Student software offsite.  Program Outline (Cart/Captioning Training)

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VOICE WRITER TRAINING OVERVIEW

Voice Writing CR Training (E101) (Distance Learning) is designed for a student who is a new entry into the voice writing court reporter training curriculum, with no previous foundation.

Voice Writing CART/Captioning Training (E201) (Distance Learning) is designed for a student who wishes to enter the field of Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) assisting visually or hearing-impaired clientele, or for captioning, designed to enter the field of television broadcast captioning.   

Voice Writing is designed around three quarters, consisting of 4 courses each quarter, each quarter with its respective classes.  Voice Writer Program Outlines

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Instructors for each course may be contacted at any time for additional questions or clarifications by students at the individual email addresses assigned for each instructor. 

 

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