Medical Scribe Specialist Certificate

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Medical Scribe Specialist Certificate

The medical scribe program within the Department of Health Sciences is designed for existing health care workers or for those looking to enter the health care field. This program consists of 13 credit hours, which include online courses and a face-to-face clinical component. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a certificate as a medical scribe specialist and will be eligible to take the Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE) offered by the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG). 

A Medical Scribe Specialist (MSS) is a member of the health care team who, under the direction of a licensed health care clinician, assists with point-of-care clinical documentation, patient tracking, and obtaining prior clinical records. Medical Scribe Specialists are used to maximize workflow efficiency and productivity of clinical care, enable real-time clinical documentation, create and maintain comprehensive and accurate electronic health records, and obtain prior health information including patient history and lab results for the benefit of clinicians, health care staff, and patients.

The Medical Scribe Specialist student will:

  • Demonstrate the use of electronic health records in varied health care settings.
  • Utilize medical and pharmacological terminology effectively in documentation.
  • Apply basic coding and billing in the electronic health record.

Most medical scribe specialists work in specialty clinics, emergency departments, and other hospital settings.

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