|Professional Institute of Court Reporting|
|PICR offers two onsite programs of study at the Metairie campus:|
|>>||Court Reporter Training with Theory (A101)||Metairie campus|
|>>||Court Reporter Training without Theory (B201, Speedbuilding)||Metairie campus|
|Additionally, we offer six programs of study through our sister school, Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting (BRSCR):|
|>>||Court Reporter Training with Theory||BRSCR, and BRSCR.com|
|>>||Court Reporter Training without Theory (Speedbuilding)||BRSCR, and BRSCR.com|
|>>||Scopist Training||BRSCR.com only|
|>>||Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)/Captioning Training||BRSCR, and BRSCR.com|
|>>||Voice Writing Court Reporter Training||BRSCR.com only|
|>>||Voice Writing CART/Captionist Training||BRSCR.com only|
Information about these programs is provided here for convenience. Please visit www.brscr.com for more information.
Links to Sections on this page
|Stenographic Machine Writers||Scopist Training||Voice Writers|
|Court Reporter Training||CART/Captioning Training||Court Reporter Training||CART/Captioning Training|
|With Steno Theory||
* for students having previous theory training
|CART/Captioning||Voice Writer Training Overview|
|Online||Online||Online Only||Online Only|
|Links to Program Outlines||Program Outline (Court Reporting)||Program Outline (CART/Captioning)||Program Outline (Scoping)||Voice Writer Program Outlines|
Link to: Overview Chart of All Courses
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.
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.
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
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.
I This 12-week course will cover basic
grammar: parts of a sentence,
possessives, capitalization, quotations, homonyms, quotes, etc.
II This 12-week course will be designed to
address the specific punctuation needs encountered by a professional court
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
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
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.
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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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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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 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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