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Become a Court Reporter

Court Reporter Career

Are you ready for a rewarding career as a court reporter? The Court Reporting program at Arlington Career Institute will prepare you for a career as a court reporter, closed captionist, communications access real time translation (CART) reporter, or official judicial reporter.

Arlington Career Institute’s comprehensive program trains you in courtroom and deposition procedures, computer-aided transcription, word processing, closed captioning and real-time reporting. The program also offers specific training in English language skills and legal and medical terminology.

  • Career-focused classes
  • Experienced and knowledgeable staff
  • Day, evening, and online classes available

The Court Reporting Program – Stenograph Machine

A court reporter uses the stenograph machine to document all statements made in official proceedings. This machine allows the reporter to press multiple keys at a time to record combinations of letters that represent sounds, words or phrases. The words are then translated to English by computer-aided transcription software. Court reporters often work at speeds of 225 words per minute.

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The Court Reporting Program – Stenomask Reporter

A stenomask reporter speaks directly into a hand-held recording device. The reporter speaks very quickly, repeats everything that is said and can identify speakers, insert punctuation and provide readback.

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Curriculum

Students may choose to enroll in either the resident (on-ground) program or in the online program. Completion time expectations are the same whatever delivery method is chosen.

Subject Course Number Theory Contact / Lab Hours Quarter Credit Hours
Machine Shorthand Theory I ACR 10080 / 16016
Machine Shorthand Theory I BCR10180 / 16016
Machine Shorthand Theory IICR10260 / 16016
English / VocabularyCR11060 / 06
Court Reporting EnglishCR12090 / 09
Introduction To Law and Legal TerminologyCR13060 / 0 6
Medical TerminologyMA14060 / 06
KeyboardingCR1415 / 553
Court Reporting ExternshipCR1420 / 501.5
Computer-Aided TranscriptionCR14320 / 303.5
Proofreading for ProfessionalsCR14455 / 0 5.5
Anatomy / PhysiologyCR15060 / 06
Court Reporting ProceduresCR16060 / 0 6
CSR Written Exam PreparationCR16560 / 0 6
Machine Shorthand IICR200110 / 2012
Criminal LawCR20855 / 05.5
Machine Shorthand III ACR300230 / 2524
Business LawCR300B55 / 05.5
Machine Shorthand III BCR301230 / 2524
Machine Shorthand IVCR400465 / 2047.5
Machine Shorthand V/ Texas CSR Performance Exam PreparationCR401465 / 2047.5
Realtime TechnologiesCR40255 / 05.5

Maggie Estes

“I could not have better things to say about this school. This is my third court reporting school, and I absolutely LOVE it! It has a much more personal and family feel to it. It's a smaller school, so everyone actually knows everyone, and the staff and the teachers really care about the students and making sure the students succeed. I am almost done with my studies here, and I will miss this place so much! I know I have succeeded because of this school, and if you are thinking about getting back into school, or into school for the first time, I highly recommend giving Arlington Career Institute a call.”

Amanda Sailsbury

“I absolutely love my school. I feel like the instructors truly care and want to see us succeed when we leave. I am in the court reporting program and have a long ways to go but I have had to take academics with teachers from other programs, medical and paralegal. I have made many friendships that I know will last forever! If you want to go to school in a specific field and do not want to have to take a bunch of prerequisites I HIGHLY recommend giving ACI a shot!”

Shania Parker

“Coming to Arlington Careers was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve learned so much and did something I thought would be impossible. The teachers (Mrs.Sandra and Ms.Martinez) are such amazing teachers if you are struggling they won’t leave you hanging. They’ll continue to help you until you finally get it. Also Ms.Candice and Ms.Sharp are always there when you need someone to talk to, they genuinely care about each and every student that walks through their office. This school is worth going to.”

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