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Medical Scribe Specialist Certificate

Lisa Rocks, Program Director
Allied Health 124

The Medical Scribe Specialist is a one-year certificate program designed to prepare graduates for employment as medical scribes in hospitals, clinics and physician's offices. Medical scribes serve as part of the health care team, whose primary goal is to increase the efficiency and productivity of the physician. This program will provide students with the appropriate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology; medical billing, coding and reimbursement; electronic health records, quality improvement principles; legal and privacy issues concerning protected health information; pharmacology and information workflow patterns in order to provide assistance to physicians in navigating and inputting patient information into the electronic health record at the point of care. Students will also have appropriate skills in computer applications; knowledge of federal, state, and local laws; healthcare accreditation standards; HIPAA compliance; MACRA and meaningful use; patient safety; professionalism including ethical behavior and appropriate communication skills in a variety of healthcare settings.

This certificate program will prepare the student to take the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) certification exam. In order to graduate from the Medical Scribe Specialist certificate program, students must meet all college academic requirements plus achieve a grade of "C" or better in all Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Scribe Specialist program courses.

Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for a Certificate in Medical Scribe Specialist.

Required Medical Scribe Specialist Courses

Medical Terminology
Elements of Human Disease
Basic Disease Coding
Basic Procedural Coding
Principles of Medical Insurance
Essential Skills for Health Professional
Introduction to Health Records
Medical Scribe I
Medical Scribe II
Medical Scribe Practicum
Medical Assistant Pharmacology

Required General Courses

Human Biology
Computer Literacy




Computer Technology 101 (Computer Literacy) 3
Medical Administrative Assistant 110 (Medical Terminology) 3
Medical Administrative Assistant 133 (Basic Disease Coding) 3
Medical Administrative Assistant 135 (Basic Procedural Coding) 3
Medical Assistant 101 (Essential Skills for the Health Professional) 3
Medical Assistant 150 (Medical Scribe I) 3
Total: 18
Biological Science 116 (Human Biology) 3
Medical Administrative Assistant 132 (Elements of Human Disease) 3
Medical Administrative Assistant 213 (Principles of Medical Insurance) 3
Medical Assistant 102 (Introduction to Health Records) 3
Medical Assistant 160 (Medical Scribe II) 3
Medical Assistant 213 (Medical Assistant Pharmacology) 3
Total: 18
Summer Session
Medical Assistant 170 (Medical Scribe Practicum) 3
Total: 3
Total Credit Hours: 39

NOTE: All courses specifically identified by course number are graduation requirements for this program.