Medical Scribe

Medical Scribe

Medical Scribe Specialists are individuals trained in medical documentation who assist a physician throughout his or her work day. They serve as a personal assistant to doctors to help make them more efficient and productive.


The primary function of a scribe is the creation and maintenance of the patient’s medical record, which is created under the supervision of the attending physician. The scribe will document the patient’s story, the physician’s interaction with the patient, the procedures performed, the results of laboratory studies, and other pertinent information. Additional functions of a scribe may include ordering laboratory/radiology studies, assisting with the patient’s disposition, documenting consultations, and notifying the physician when important studies are completed.

Characteristics that contribute to the success of a Medical Scribe Specialist include:

  • Strong English grammar skills.
  • A compelling interest in healthcare.
  • Outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Strong desire to work onsite in a clinical setting.
  • Superior analytical and resource skills.
  • Strong computer and keyboarding skills.
  • Keen listening skills.
  • Self-starter.
  • Strong hand-eye coordination.
  • High level of concentration.
  • Attention to detail.
  • A commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Looking for a career that has an excellent future.

Job Description

Medical Scribe Specialists are indispensable to the health information management (HIM) industry. A scribe is a physician collaborator who fulfills the primary clerical and non-medical functions of the busy physician or practitioner. By focusing on data collection and its documentation in order to establish a rapid and smooth workflow, the physician is relieved from having to make time-consuming phone calls, and can prepare to see the next patient, answer a nurse’s concern, or perform the next patient procedure. The scribe will also actively track down delayed lab results, CT scan readings and any other pertinent information in order to increase the accuracy and velocity of the completed medical record and, ultimately, decrease ER waiting room times and disposition patients faster. This will allow the physician to prioritize tasks he or she must accomplish in a given time period.

Medical Scribe Specialists earn between $10 and $16 per hour and can earn significantly more with increased experience and responsibility as a manager of a hospital’s scribe program either working directly for the hospital or working for a medical scribe company. Of course, the average annual salary varies based on geographic location.

If you’re looking for a secure career in a fast growing field, then the role of Medical Scribe Specialist could be your answer. Get started today and in less than six months you can be gainfully employed as a Medical Scribe Specialist!

With the major changes in health care, Medical Scribe Specialist is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing professions in the United States.

Experienced Scribes are earning up to $33,280 a year.

Program Overview

This course is designed to train the individual in the field of medical scribe, or clinical information manager (CIM). Students will learn the fundamentals of the career, including medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, electronic health records, medico-legal rules and regulations, including HIPAA, the essentials of medical billing and coding, and the necessary education using practical scribe scenarios to fulfill the diversity of the scribe training program. The skills and knowledge of a medical scribe may be applied in an ambulatory care clinic, surgical center, hospital setting, emergency department and other health care environments within the US healthcare system.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the profession, roles, etiquette, and personality of a functioning and successful scribe, including HIPAA and medico-legal requirements.
  • Understand the basics of medical terminology and medical office procedures.
  • Analyze, pronounce, and spell medical terms using common combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes.
  • Name body systems and their functions; identify body cavities and specific organs within them.
  • Understand and analyze diagnostic tests and procedures.
  • Understand the basic organization of the body.
  • Identify the major body systems and understand how each system functions.
  • Identify the relationship between the structure and function of the body system.
  • Comprehend the basic healthcare economics: ethical and legal aspects.
  • Build knowledge of diagnostic procedures and procedural coding.
  • Learn common pharmacology, diagnostics, case presentations, and medical charting.
  • Understand the basics of handling claims disputes.
  • Understand the mechanics of medical management computer software.
  • Describe the functions of electronic health records and explain the advantages offered over paper-based records.
  • Explain the importance of clinical standards in the development of interoperable electronic health records.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how electronic health records are used in physician practices and other outpatient settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how electronic health records are used in hospitals.
  • Effectively utilize information technology and medical terms as they apply to electronic health records.
  • Apply scribe workplace fundamentals through directed multimedia scenarios.
  • Prepare for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.

Students completing this course are prepared and qualified to sit for the national scribe certification exam administered by the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists.


The Medical Scribe program fee is an all-inclusive fee which covers everything a student needs to successfully complete our program. Our program fee covers:

  • Tuition
  • Textbooks
  • Materials
  • Course fees.

Our Medical Scribe Specialist training program prepares students to function effectively as a certified medical scribe specialist (CMSS). It provides students a well-rounded introduction to the profession, roles, etiquette and personality of a functioning and successful medical scribe specialist, including HIPAA and medico-legal requirements and delivers the skills students need to obtain a certified medical scribe specialist position or advance their current healthcare career.

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Upon program completion, a certificate of completion is earned, students are immediately eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) and support is offered to our graduates to help secure employment.

Funding Options

Funding Options

Option 1 – Pay Upfront Plan – Save 10%!
The pay upfront program offers a 10% discount off the standard cost of our program for those individuals who are willing to pay upfront for their education.

Option 2 – Military Discount – Save 10%
As a Military Friendly School a 10% discount is available to active military personnel and their spouses.

*The Pay Upfront Plan and the Military Discount cannot be combined and is limited to only one discount

Option 3 – Monthly Payment Plan (No Interest)
The monthly payment plan includes a one-time initial payment of $295 due at time of enrollment with the remainder of your balance due spread over the length of the selected program. There is no finance charge applied to this option and payments are automatically deducted from your credit card or bank account.

Option 4 – MyCAA Funding Program
We know that maintaining a career can be difficult with your military lifestyle. That’s why we provide a flexible way to complete your education in careers that are essential nationwide. Learn at home, on your own schedule for a career that will travel with you wherever you go. With MyCAA your education costs may be 100% covered, meaning you can focus on your future and not tuition costs. The MyCAA Funding program is administered by the Department of Defense.

More information about the MyCAA funding program!

Medical Scribe Certification

The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) certifies qualifying medical scribe specialists who specialize in real-time medical record documentation. ACMSS certification is sought and earned by medical scribe specialists on a voluntary basis. ACMSS certifies only those medical scribe specialists who meet high educational, professional standing, and examination standards.

The ACMSS administers the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test, also known as the “MSCAT.”  The test is designed to verify a medical scribe’s breadth of knowledge with respect to medical terminology, technical spelling, the Patient Privacy Rule and HIPAA, the scribe’s role in medico-legal risk mitigation, understanding the essential elements of documenting a physician-patient encounter, evaluation and management level, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Joint Commission’s Accountability Measures, and general knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of general medical personnel.

Graduates from the AHDPG Medical Scribe Specialist program are eligible and encouraged to sit for the MSCAT upon graduation.

To see more information on the Medical Scribe Certification & Aptitude Test (MSCAT).


Q: What are the minimum computer requirements for the course?

  • The minimum computer requirements in order to successfully complete the course are as follows:
    • Computer: Pentium-class PC with 1.7 Ghz processor or better
    • CDROM Drive: (internal or external)
    • RAM: 1GB min for 32bit; 2GB min for 64bit OS
    • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7, 8/8.1 or 10,  MAC OS X
    • High Speed Internet
    • Internet Explorer (9 or higher), latest versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
    • Windows users: Microsoft PowerPoint viewer (free) or full Microsoft PowerPoint
    • MAC users: Apple Keynote or PowerPoint for MAC and Windows Media Components for Quicktime (Flip4Mac Standard)
    • Adobe Reader or equivalent PDF reader

Instructor Bio

Cheryl Parrish
Medical Scribe Instructor

Cheryl brings over 30 years’ experience working within medical practices and hospitals in a variety of roles within healthcare documentation including Medical Transcription, Electronic Medical Records Specialist, Medical Scribe, Recruiting and Staffing. She has hands-on experience working within an EMR environment.

Cheryl resides in Georgia where she loves hiking, fishing, landscaping, the great outdoors, all kinds of music genres and being with friends and family. Volunteer activities involve an Arts Council and Animal Rescue.


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