This 12-month online program, approved by the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS), prepares you for a career as a medical scribe. Scribes are commonly referred to as "clinical information managers." The primary function of a scribe is the creation and maintenance of the patient medical record, which is created under the supervision of the attending physician. The scribe documents the patient's history and story through direct observation of the physician's interaction with the patient as well as the procedures performed, the lab results and other information gathered at the point of care. Scribes follow the workflow of the patient under the direct care of the physician.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Health Information Technician field is growing faster than average at a rate of 21 percent through 2020.
Scribes commonly are employed in emergency departments or busy physician offices to provide real-time supportive services by documenting clinical patient encounters as they occur through direct data entry into the electronic medical record. The role of the scribe is focused on creating comprehensive and complete medical records and eliminating some duplication of tests.
Scribes interact and collaborate with other members of the health care team, but serve as the right hand to the physician. Similar to the medical transcriptionist, the medical scribe provides another career pathway or stepping stone to the health care system. With additional training medical transcriptionists would be uniquely qualified to fill the roles opening in the emerging and growing field of scribes.
This online educational program has been set around medical scenarios, case management, disease processes, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, coding and other biological processes. Skill sets include strong English grammar, an interest in health care and patient improvement, a desire to work in a clinical setting, analytical and resource skills, HIPAA and regulatory compliance knowledge, computer technology competence, information workflow comprehension, attention to detail, keen listening skills, strong multi-tasking abilities, and many clinical externship hours.
Upon successful completion of the Medical Scribe Specialist program students are eligible, through ACMSS, to sit for the MSCAT exam for the national certification. This certified credential is the CMSS or the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist. Cost is $85. More information can be found at theacmss.org
Note: All students must complete 200 hours of Externship; 100 hours online and 100 hours onsite at a clinical health care facility. All students must show the following for the last course, the Externship Onsite Clinical: proof of medical insurance, completion of a two-step PPD test, a drug screen and a criminal background report, as well as completion of all courses within the Medical Scribe program upon registering for this course. Some health care organizations require proof of additional immunizations and/or flu vaccination.
It takes self discipline and commitment to study online. In deciding if an online program is right for you, consider the following:
• Can you establish regular study habits daily?
• Can you play an active role in your education?
• Can you work independently on problems?
• Can you learn a great deal with an instructor via email or Skype?
• Do you enjoy reading and participating in online discussions?
For more information or to register, contact email@example.com or 843.574.6152
Textbooks are not included in tuition. Students may purchase books at the Main Campus Bookstore (Bldg. 950) or have them shipped to you. Call 843.574.6120 or visit http://bookstore.tridenttech.edu/. Please make sure you know your course code and number (ex: XSCR 509-W01) when purchasing books at the bookstore.
Online access instructions:
- After 2 p.m. on the day the course begins, go to https://cecourses.tridenttech.edu/.
- Click on log in for continuing education students.
- Follow the directions.