Medical Scribe Program
Medical Scribe Program

Medical scribe with doctorThis 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. ACMSS logo

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 

NoteAll 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 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 make sure you know your course code and number (ex: XSCR 509-W01) when purchasing books at the bookstore. 

Online access instructions:

  1. After 2 p.m. on the day the course begins, go to
  2. Click on log in for continuing education students.
  3. Follow the directions.                                                                                 
Medical Scribe Curriculum

After taking Introduction to Online Learning, students should take two classes at a time (this does not pertain to the Externship, each Extern class must to be taken separately).

Introduction to Online Learning

This 15-hour course is an introduction to concepts related to hardware and software applications necessary to participate in online health care programs. Students are tested on Microsoft desktop applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Communicating electronically and searching the Internet are also discussed. No textbook required.

XSCR 501

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Computer Keyboarding

Learn the basics of 10-finger keyboarding, spacing, punctuation, speed, accuracy and the number key pad in this 50-hour class. Textbook required but not included in tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 502

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Professional Communication

Learn office communication, professionalism, customer service, phone etiquette and conflict resolution in the health care workplace in this 60-hour course. Text needed, see bookstore.

XSCR 503

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Medical Terminology

This course helps you master the medical vocabulary and terms used in allied health and medical careers. It covers word parts, root words, general applications, abbreviations, medical terminology and body systems. Scribes must master this course, which is the basis of the job duties of scribes. Textbook needed but not included in the tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 504

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Anatomy and Physiology

This course covers basic anatomy and physiology and is an introduction to all human body systems and their functions (100 hours). Interpretation and understanding of the human body is necessary to be a successful scribe. Textbook is required but not included in tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 505

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This course is an overview of pharmacology and how it is used to treat different disease states (70 hours). It provides an understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using the numerous types and classes of drug medications. Text is required but not included in tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 506-W01



Human Diseases

This 70-hour course introduces diseases and disorders of each body system with a review of anatomy and physiology pertinent to the content. Case-specific studies allow you to apply approach and knowledge gained through your program. Text required but not included in tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 507-W01



Health Care Data Content and HIPAA

In this 90-hour course, learn generic components of medical record content and the use and structure of health care data, as well as how it relates to primary and secondary record systems. Legal and ethical issues applicable to health information and HIPAA regulations are also covered. Text is required but not included in tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 508-W02



Health Insurance and Billing

This 50-hour class describes the organization, financing and delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on the organization and activities of all health care facilities and medical reimbursement. From the billing process to the collection of the bill, medical record management, HIPAA guidelines, the organization of the medical office, providers and filing for Medicare are covered. Text required but not included in tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 509-W02



Coding Overview ICD and CPT

This course is an overview of the history, uses and format of the diagnostic coding system used by health care facilities around the world to track diseases. It includes practice to document properly to insure assignment of code for reimbursement. This course also introduces the uniform language to accurately describe medical, surgical and diagnostic services as set forth by the American Medical Association. This includes practice competencies to assign very basic valid procedural codes. Text required will be the use of the Health Insurance book used previously.

XSCR 510-W02



Electronic Health Records

This course covers the new requirements for electronic health records, how data is stored, safety and security of health information, HIPAA, computer hardware and software designed for medical use by scribes (100 hours). It also looks at how the changing world of technology influences the quality and delivery of health care services today and in the future. Practical application is provided using electronic health record software. Text required but not included in tuition, see bookstore.

XSCR 511-W01

XSCR 511-W02


11/10 - 1/31/15



Externship Online

This 100-hour online course is for all students that have successfully completed all course work in the Medical Scribe curriculum. Students will apply what they have learned in a real-world setting prior to going to the onsite clinical practice.This course provides students with the practical and analytical skills to create and complete patient charts and physician notes, code properly and enter lab results with accuracy. Text required but not included in tuition, see bookstore. All previous books will be used in this class, plus one new textbook (see bookstore).

XSCR 512-W01

XSCR 512-W02





Externship Onsite/Clinical

This 100-hour clinical externship is for all students and will be completed in a local health care facility. Students that have successfully completed all course work, including the online externship course, will now apply their knowledge in a real-world setting at a local clinical site. Onsite externships are available in the Charleston area at hospital emergency departments, physician offices or other health care facilities. Note: All onsite candidates must show 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. No textbook required for this course. If you are an out-of-state student you will have to arrange your onsite clinical externship in your area with a health care facility and coordinate it with our Extern Coordinator, or arrange to be in the Charleston area for a minimum of three weeks.

XSCR 513-W01

XSCR 513-W0





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