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Court and Realtime Reporting

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AAS Degree – Code #0647

Danielle Green, Program Coordinator
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This program, approved by the National Court Reporters Association, will prepare you for a career in various court reporting fields—from official to freelance to realtime and closed captioning for the hearing impaired.


  • Independence
  • Great lifestyle
  • Prestige
  • Flexibility
  • Mobility
  • Exciting work environments


  • 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.
  • Development of skills in recording and transcribing specialized court reporting matter starts in the summer term and continues through the second year.
  • The college offers court reporting 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. This approach is perfect for working professionals, adult and returning students, and anyone who needs high flexibility in their academic schedule.

Court reporting: high skill, big demand, The Evening Tribune, July 20, 2015

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a shorthand recording speed on five minutes of unfamiliar dictation with at least 95 percent accuracy.
  • Write a dictated list with 95 percent accuracy using advanced shorthand theory, special abbreviations, and phrasing principles.
  • Perform readback and analysis of shorthand notes.
  • Perform proper transcription and various other functions using the computer.
  • Translate two-voice and multi-voice testimony.
  • 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.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State court and realtime reporting AAS graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or technology management BBA degree program at Alfred State.

BTech Degree

The Bachelor of Technology in interdisciplinary studies program is designed to provide a four-year curriculum in which students are empowered to personalize, within specified core and concentration areas, their technology-based program of study. The program is founded in academic flexibility by providing two sets of broad-based academic options. Students start with a core set of courses selected for years one and two of the program and two concentration areas for years three and four.

Technology Management

The technology management BBA is designed to allow you to take your professional/technical degree to new heights. We’ve constructed this program to provide you with the hands-on business, administrative, and technological course work necessary to advance into management and supervisory positions in your field. That means you’ll have the skills necessary to run a small-to-medium size business, manage a department or a division, or own and manage your own business.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Official court and hearing reporters
  • General freelance reporters
  • Realtime and closed-captioning reporters
  • Scoping

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent continued their education.

Survey data can be found in our Employment and Continuing Education Report

Related Programs

Technology Management (BBA)

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards

  • Students must be able to tolerate the sitting position for prolonged periods of time (up to eight hours daily).
  • Students must be able to meet industry standard speeds.
  • Students must have sufficient manual dexterity to operate industry standard machinery.
  • Students must possess adequate hearing to provide accurate verbatim transcripts.

Required Equipment

A tier 1 laptop computer is required for students entering the court and realtime reporting program.  Apple products are not compatible with stenographic software.  Laptop specifications are available at

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Court and Realtime Reporting - AAS Degree 

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM (on campus and online)


CTRP 1162/1172 Realtime Writing Theory I 2
CTRP 1182/1192 Realtime Writing Theory II 2
CTRP 1543 Grammar for Court Reporters 3
COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective-Natural Science 3


CTRP 2262/2272 Realtime Writing Theory III 2
CTRP 2282/2292 Realtime Writing Theory IV 2
CTRP 3373 Computer Aided Transcription 3
MATH xxx3 Math Elective 3
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3

Summer Session (required)

CTRP 3163 Speedbldg I for Report & Capt 3
CTRP 3363 Tech for Reporting/Captioning 3


CTRP 4262/4272 Speed Building II 2
CTRP 4283/4293 Speed Building III 3
CTRP 2603 Persnl Dictionary Prod & Maint 3
SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
XXXX xxx3 Effective Speaking Equivalent 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3
CTRP 1113 Med & Legal Term for Court Rep 3


CTRP 4362/4372 Speed Building IV 2
CTRP 4383/4393 Speed Building V 3
CTRP 4602 Int & Prac for Reporter & Capt 2
CTRP 4635 Procedures for Repters & Capt. 5
XXXX xxx3 Gen. Ed. Elective 3

Total Credit Hours: 64

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.


  • The internship course (CTRP 4602) is completed off campus.
  • All students are required to take CTRP 3163 in the summer.
  • Students are permitted to repeat a court reporting writing class (Theory I-IV & Speed Building I-V) two times only. If a student is unsuccessful in the same court reporting writing class three times, they will be unable to progress in the court reporting program.
  • Students may submit a written appeal to the department, but if not approved, they will be unable to continue in the program.

  • Students returning to Alfred State after a substantial break (six months or longer) or transferring from another school may be required to take a placement test to determine coursework at the discretion of the program.


  • A cumulative overall index of at least 2.0 is required in order to graduate.
  • All CTRP skill writing classes must be taken and passed at Alfred State with a passing grade of "C" or better.
  • 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; 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.