Judicial Reporting

We are glad to see you are interested in Judicial Reporting. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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Program Information

The Anoka Technical College Judicial Reporting program offers three awards: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree; and two related certificates: Broadcasting Captioning/CART and Scoping/Proofreading.

Virtual Information Session and NCRA "A to Z Intro to Steno" Class

Date Time Room
Oct. 4 6 pm

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Join us to find out more about stenographic career opportunities, meet industry leaders and program graduates and see the technology used in the field.

Following the info session on Oct. 4, start a free, six-week, Intro to Steno class.

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Judicial Reporting is a 68-credit program designed to get graduates working as soon as possible. The academics are designed to be completed in two years. The speed requirement may be completed in two years or may take additional time. Coursework includes English, Legal and Medical Terminology, Business Law, Computer Technology and Machine Shorthand Theory.  

Students learn a conflict-free realtime theory that enables them to write efficiently on a realtime system starting in the first semester. Students learn theory in their first year of classes, then work to increase their speed and accuracy until they can capture literary material at 180 wpm, Jury Charge material at 200 wpm, and question-and-answer material at 225 wpm. Summer sessions are mandatory for Judicial Reporting students. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to write a realtime theory.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate competency in court reporting technology, including the use of customized computer-aided software.
  3. Students will be able to write two-voice at 225 wpm with 97% accuracy; jury charge at 200 wpm with 97% accuracy; and literary at 180 wpm with 97% accuracy.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of business and professional ethics that are essential to success.
  5. Students will participate in an internship consisting of 40 hours of actual writing time with a professional reporter and/or captioner. Student will demonstrate entry-level industry proficiency by producing a 40-page manuscript.

Career Opportunities

Judicial Reporters can work in courtrooms as official reporters, creating accurate verbatim written records of all the proceedings. Official reporters are employed by the state. Deposition reporting (also known as freelance reporting) is a popular field because it is interesting and allows for flexible scheduling. Freelance reporters typically work on an independent contractor basis taking depositions at law offices.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Accreditation

All curricula were created to meet or exceed the National Court Reporters Association’s (NCRA) standards set out by the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE).

The Judicial Reporting/Broadcast Captioning/CART programs are approved by NCRA Upon graduation, students will be ready to take the NCRA's Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification exam. The RPR exam is offered twice per year April and November.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Essentials

Laptop, steno machine, Case CATalyst student software or professional software. Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment. Also see Tuition and Fees for more information.

Program Sequence

 MnTC General Education Requirements
This program requires completion of fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I (Goal 1&2) 4
 MnTC Electives   11
 Fall Semester 15
 ADSC 1006
 Business Law
4
 ENGL 1107
 Composition I 4
 JRBC 1005  Realtime Reporting I*
4
 JRBC 1031  Foundations of Law
3
 Spring Semester 14
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
2
 JRBC 1000  Realtime Reporting Orientation 1
 JRBC 1105  Realtime Reporting II*
4
 JRBC 2011  Transcription and English I 3
 MnTC Elective
  4
 Summer Semester Please see your advisor for summer schedule
 7
 JRBC 1120
 Realtime Reporting Technology 3
 JRBC 1200
 Realtime Reporting III* 4
 Fall Semester 12
 JRBC 2000  Realtime Reporting IV*
4
 JRBC 2030
 Judicial Reporting Procedures 3
 JRBC 2040
 Business Success for Realtime Careers
2
 MnTC Elective
  3
 Spring Semester 14
 JRBC 2016
 Transcription & English II 4
 JRBC 2036
 Word Enrichment
3
 JRBC 2100  Realtime Reporting V*
4
 MnTC Elective
  4
 Summer Semester (Please see Advisor for more information) 6
 JRBC 2120
 Realtime Reporting VI*
4
 JRBC 2140
 Judicial Reporting Internships
2
 * Students must complete the Realtime Reporting classes in sequence Additional speedbuilding courses available upon instructor approval.
                                                                                                                                               

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page). 

Graduation Requirements

All Realtime Reporting courses must be completed with a B or higher. All other courses required for this program must be completed with a C or higher. In addition, students shall pass three five-minute speed tests with 97% accuracy at the following speeds: 225 wpm testimony (two-voice), 200 wpm jury charage, and 180 wpm literary. The student shall successfully complete an internship with no less than 40 hours of verified actual writing time.

USDE Professional Licensure Disclosure

Successful completion of the Judicial Reporting AAS degree program at Anoka Technical College will meet the requirements for certification by the National Court Reporters Association’s (NCRA). Certification by National Court Reporters Association’s (NCRA) is required by Minnesota as well as by some states to acquire a state license to practice the profession of Judicial Reporting or for employment as a certified/licensed Judicial Reporter.

For those states where a determination cannot be made they have additional exams or requirements specific to their state for which we cannot determine if our program would prepare students to receive licensure in those states. See link below for state certification requirements.

State Certification Requirements

In Minnesota, stenographic court reporters must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Graduation from high school or equivalent; and
  2. Graduation from a court reporting school approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) within the past two years; or
  3. Compliance with one of the following:

a. Received a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) designation from the NCRA;  or

b. Received an equivalent certification from another state or territory of the United States, or professional court reporter association; oR

c. Have been practicing proficiently as a professional stenographic reporter for the past two (2) years and within one (1) month of hire, accurately take a minimum of 20 minutes of court proceedings alongside a stenographic court reporter who has an RPR designation or certification as provided in clauses (a) or (b) , and then produce a transcript with 95% accuracy as described in (d) below; or

d. Obtain RPR designation from the NCRA within two years of hire.  Pending receipt of the RPR designation, must, within one (1) month of hire, accurately take a minimum of 20 minutes of court proceedings alongside a stenographic court reporter who has an RPR designation or certification as provided in clauses (a) or (b), and then produce a transcript. The participating RPR certified stenographer will determine that Ninety-five (95) percent accuracy is achieved to successfully complete this requirement.

For those states where our program meets the licensure requirements that is based on the fact that those states DO NOT require certification. For those states where a determination cannot be made they have additional exams or requirements specific to their state for which we cannot determine if our program would prepare students to receive licensure in those states: https://www.ncra.org/home/professionals_resources/information-center/state-resources/State-Certification-Requirements

Please contact Jennifer Sati with questions.

Faculty

Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CBC, CRI
JSati@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Broadcast Captioning Certificate is a 16-credit program.  The program consists of a core of machine shorthand realtime theory; speedbuilding and accuracy courses; captioning technology and procedures courses; and courses to help students become familiar with the Deaf community.  Students use court reporting/captioning software and equipment currently used in industry.  The central objective of the CART and Broadcast Captioning Certificate is to train students to write conflict-free machine shorthand on a computer-compatible stenotype machine, utilizing the industry standard realtime translation rate of 98.5 percent verbatim accuracy, or higher, with variable speeds of 180-200 words per minute (wpm).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Write a realtime translation theory.
  2. Demonstrate competency in English, law/legal terminology, anatomy/medical terminology, captioning technology and procedures, and current events.
  3. Transcribe a minimum of three (3), (5) five-minute, (2) two-voice, non-realtime tests with a minimum of 97 percent accuracy, dictated at a minimum speed of 225 wpm.
  4. Transcribe a minimum of three (3), (5) five-minute realtime literary tests with a minimum of 97 percent verbatim accuracy, dictated at a minimum speed of 180 wpm.   
  5. Write three (3), 15-minute realtime literary broadcast material takes at 180 wpm (syllabic and/or word count) at 98.5 percent verbatim accuracy, following NCRA’s What is an Error? guidelines.  The instructor will grade a random (5) five-minute selection from each 15-minute take.
  6. Write two (2), 30-minute class lectures, meeting/seminar programs, or Web cast meeting segments with a goal of 98.5 percent verbatim accuracy, or higher, with variable speeds of 180-200 wpm, following NCRA’s What is an Error? guidelines.  The instructor will grade a random (5) five-minute selection from each 30-minute take.
  7. Participate in an internship consisting of 25 verified hours of actual writing and 15 hours of research and dictionary preparation during the internship experience.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the Broadcast Captioning/CART certificate allows graduates to work in a variety of settings either as broadcast captioners or as CART providers.

Broadcast captioners use realtime machine shorthand skills to create the captioning you see on television. This captioning is created to allow access to television broadcasts for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Broadcast captioners work doing on-air captioning of live programming.

CART is a service that can be requested by people who are hard of hearing as an alternative to having a sign language interpreter. It falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as one way of providing equal access to services. Graduates can find work as CART providers in legal, educational and various trade fields.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Certification

The Judicial Reporting curriculum was created to meet or exceed National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) standards set by the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE). The Judicial Reporting/Broadcast Captioning/CART programs are approved by NCRA.

Upon graduation, students are ready to take the NCRA’s Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC) and/or Certified CART Provider (CCP) certification exams. Exams are offered twice per year in November and April.

Admissions Requirements

Concurrent admission to the Judicial Reporting AAS Degree or current employment in the court reporting field with instructor approval. 

Program Essentials

Laptop, steno machine, Case CATalyst student software or professional software. Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment. Also see Tuition and Fees for more information.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester
10
 ASL 1000
 Deaf Studies/Culture (Goal 7)
3
 JRBC 2120
 Realtime Reporting VI
4
 JRBC 2127
 Broadcast Captioning & CART Procedures & Research
3
 Second Semester
6
 Technical Elective
 Please see advisor
4
 JRBC 2135  Broadcast Captioning & CART Internship
2
                                                   

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page). 

Graduation Requirements

JRBC 2120 and JRBC 2135 must be completed with a grade of B or higher. All other courses required for this program must be completed with a C or higher.

Faculty

Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CBC, CRI
JSati@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Scoping/Proofreading certificate is a 29-credit program to be completed in one-and-a-half years. Scoping/Proofreading students learn shorthand theory with Judicial Reporting students. Students also take Legal Terminology, Medical Terminology, Realtime Reporting Orientation, Realtime Reporting Technology, Business English and Transcription and English courses. There are three additional classes Scoping/Proofreading students are required to take: Advanced Proofreading and English Skills, Scoping Procedures and Advanced Transcript Production.   

NOTE: This certificate is offered through the Judicial Reporting/Broadcast Captioning program.

Career Opportunities

Scopists and proofreaders work in conjunction with court reporters to produce the final transcript that is prepared from court proceedings or depositions. Transcripts are accurate verbatim written records of the proceedings.

At the end of a proceeding, some court reporters send their files to a scopist, who then edits the job for the court reporter. Scopists need to know how to read shorthand notes and use court reporting software. 

Other court reporters edit their own work but hire proofreaders to read over their transcripts to check for errors.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Program Essentials

Laptop, steno machine, Case CATalyst student software or professional software. Please see instructor for specific requirements before purchasing any equipment. Also see Tuition and Fees for more information.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 Spring Semester 8
 JRBC 1000  Realtime Reporting Orientation
1
 JRBC 1005  Realtime Reporting I
4
 JRBC 2011
 Transcription & English I
3
 Summer Semester 7
 JRBC 1105  Realtime Reporting II
4
 JRBC 1120  Realtime Reporting Technology
3
 Fall Semester 6
 JRBC 1031
 Foundations of Law
3
 JRBC 2030
 Judicial Reporting Procedures
3
 Spring Semester
8
 HLTH 1040
 Medical Terminology
 2 
 JRBC 2016
 Transcription & English II 3
 JRBC 3101
 Scoping Procedures
 3

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services (contact info can be found under the “Contact” section on the top right portion of this page). 

Graduation Requirements

All courses required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Faculty

Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CBC, CRI
JSati@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710