If you are considering a career in healthcare documentation, as a Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSPTM), it is important to be informed about the industry, the profession, and the educational process for your career. The following information is provided to help you begin this exciting journey.
Learn About the Profession and the Industry
Review our “Everything You Want to Know About Becoming a Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSPTM) video. This will provide you with a wide array of information about the profession, including:
- A description of what a medical scribe is.
- What a medical scribe does.
- Where medical scribes work.
- The current state of the industry and how medical scribes benefit healthcare delivery.
- Available Medical Scribe Training Options.
- Information about the Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCETM) credentialing exam.
Research Training Programs
The Medical Scribe Education Review Board (MSERB) has developed an approval program for medical scribe training programs. The goal of this program is to elevate the level of scribe training available and become an industry benchmark to ensure prospective students and healthcare employers from approved programs are well-trained and job ready.
To achieve approval, programs must comply with specific educational and institutional criteria as established by the Medical Scribe Education Review Board (MSERB). To be considered for program approval, each program must meet the following requirements:
- Comprehensive Curriculum
- Include a set of core competencies necessary to train and develop competently trained medical scribes to thrive in today’s healthcare marketplace and successfully lead candidates to become Certified Medical Scribe Professionals (CMSPs).
- Expert Faculty
- Be led by individuals with sufficient subject matter expertise and experience sufficient to mentor, monitor, and develop competently trained medical scribes. Their expertise will guide students through the program and provide valuable insights and mentorship.
- Hands-On Experience
- Include an element of hands-on instruction and/or simulations allowing students to practice real-life scenarios they will encounter as medical scribes. This practical experience will ensure students are well-prepared for the demands of the role.
- Industry Partnerships
- Have established strong partnerships with leading healthcare facilities and industry experts to ensure the program aligns with the latest industry standards and practices. This ensures that graduates are equipped with the skills required to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare sector and provides pathways to employment.
- Sound Financial Resources
- Demonstrate solid financial footing and has clear policies and procedures in place to support student success.
As Medical Scribes are tomorrow’s Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and other healthcare team members we further recommend that prospective students look for training programs that provide well-rounded training in the areas of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, pharmacology, disease processes, labs, and HIPAA and HITECH. The eight pillars of knowledge that support long-term career success in healthcare. We also caution students to understand the difference between being a medical transcriptionist and being a medical scribe – they are not the same.
Please note that no educational program can offer “certification.” While a program may provide its graduates with a certificate of completion, this is not the same as either the Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSPTM) or the Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSPTM) credentials that are recognized throughout the industry and achieved only through successful completion of the Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCETM).
Choose an Approved Medical Scribe Training Program
The following Medical Scribe Training Programs have been reviewed by the Medical Scribe Education Review Board (MSERB) and have met the requirements for approval. The approved status is only for the programs on this list and does not extend to other programs the organization may offer.
Directory of Approved Medical Scribe Training Programs
|Organization||Organization Type||Program Name||Program Type||Funding Sources|
|Licensed Vocational Training School||Medical Scribe Professional||Online||MSD, MyCAA, PP, SG, TAA, WIA (WIOA)
|Licensed Vocational Training School||Medical Scribe Training for Allied Health Professionals||Online||MSD, MyCAA, PP, SG, TAA, WIA (WIOA)|
|2 Year College and Technical School||Medical Scribe||Hybrid|
|Licensed Vocational Training School||Medical Scribe||Online||IL, MF, MSD, MyCAA, PP, PSC, SG, TAA, WIA (WIOA)|
|Independently Chartered Institution||Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy (UHSA)||Hybrid|
|Independently Chartered Institution||Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS)||Hybrid|
Funding Sources Legend
IL = Individual loan
MF = Military-based funding (GI bill, VA loans, tuition reimbursement, etc.)
MSD = Military spouse discount
MyCAA = Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts
PG = Pell grant
PP = Payment plans
PS = Private scholarship
RSC = Rehabilitation Services Commission
SG = Specialized grants
SM = Sallie Mae educational loans
TAA = Trade Adjustment Act
WIA = Workforce Investment Act funds