Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE)
Why seek AHDPG Certification?
Earning your Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP) credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the field of medical scribing—and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s economy. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.
The profession is not just about what you know but rather how you effectively implement that knowledge in the workplace each and every day. The AMSP/CMSP certifications provide you the opportunity to prove not only what you know but also how you can apply that knowledge on the job.
The Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE) directly links to on-the-job scenarios and realistic work situations, making it the most relevant certification available for medical scribe professionals.
Certification as a medical scribe must be as inclusive and diverse as the profession itself. Built by industry experts, these certifications are applicable across our diverse industry, employer types, settings of care, and specialties. No matter the focus of your organization there is a universal set of skills necessary to effectively practice as a certified medical scribe.
Focused on Advancement
The AMSP and CMSP credentials are based on the rapidly evolving work environment, focusing on the competencies and knowledge medical scribe professionals need. Boost your confidence to take that next step in your medical scribe career or distinguish yourself in a job search.
Based on in-depth research, the AMSP and CMSP credentials reflect what professional medical scribes need to know to be leaders in their organizations and in the profession.
AHDPG is a globally recognized provider of healthcare documentation services, staffing, and training.
Because Patients and Healthcare Clinicians Depend on You
Certification in healthcare documentation makes a difference to the patients whose care depends on your precise documentation, to employers who must hire highly qualified and trusted medical scribes, and to you for the satisfaction of attaining certification. The four letters that will follow your name will make a powerful statement about the expertise you bring to the table.
Why is Certification Important to Health Care?
Healthcare documentation involves a highly interpretive skill set, where medical scribes partner with clinicians to create an accurate reflection of a patient care encounter. It requires a foundational understanding of the diagnostic process, clinical medicine, treatment, and care to be interpreted accurately and applied within the context of ever increasing complex patient encounters.
Medical scribes cannot bring that interpretive skill set to the table without a significant foundation of knowledge and training. The pace at which healthcare delivery is moving does not provide space for on-the-job training or mentoring. Such an unregulated training scenario creates unpredictable and dangerous gaps of knowledge that impacts the interpretive process and limits the ability of the medical scribe to facilitate quality patient care. Identifying gaps, inconsistencies, and discrepancies in the health record is the guardian role of the medical scribe, and clinicians rely on the keen eyes, ears, and interpretive mind of the medical scribe to ensure that health data is captured and recorded accurately, that inconsistencies are addressed, and that the record is authenticated by the clinician.
The only way to ensure that a medical scribe candidate can be entrusted with that role is to hold the workforce accountable to a defined scope of practice through benchmark testing and certification.
Benefits for Individuals
Healthcare Employers Value Credentials
Earning a credential puts you in a special league, positioning you as a leader and role model in the medical scribe profession. Investing in AHDPG certification is an investment in yourself and your long-term career. Our certification can help you:
- Prepare you for future healthcare documentation positions.
- Validate your breadth of knowledge and skills to employers, which may give you access to preferential hiring/employment practices.
- Improve your earning potential.
- Open the door to more opportunities for career advancement.
- Increase your job mobility and choices.
- Reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career.
- Provide a foundation of broad and deep understanding.
- Send the message to the healthcare delivery industry that medical scribes are allied health professionals with an accountable scope of practice.
- Associate you with AHDPG’s strong and long-standing reputation of integrity and excellence.
- Becoming a Certified Medical Scribe Professional places you at the top of a blossoming community, and there is no membership requirement to become certified.
- Get your foot in the door as a new graduate.
Benefits for Employers
Hire Certified Professionals
AHDPG certification represents a high level of achievement and demonstrates proficiency and a broad base of knowledge. These certified professionals pass a rigorous exam and commit to ongoing recertification. When a person becomes certified, it reflects a deep personal commitment and sense of accountability, inspiring credibility and confidence in an individual’s professional knowledge. Hiring certified individuals or investing in an AHDPG certification for your current employees can help you:
- Increase the competence level of your staff.
- Build a strong, dedicated team that is committed to high standards of care and quality.
- Promote ongoing enhancement of knowledge and skills.
- Improve the quality of information and care.
- Minimize errors and reduce exposure to fraud and abuse charges.
- Increase efficiency and reduce cost.
AHDPG offers two credentials for medical scribes:
- Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP)
- Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP)
Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP)
The Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP) credential is awarded to a candidate who successfully passes the Medical Scribe Certification Exam and possesses less than 200 hours of documented front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience.
Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP)
The Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP) credential is awarded to a candidate who successfully passes the Medical Scribe Certification Exam and possesses 200 hours of documented front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience.
NOTE: An Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP) achieves Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP) status immediately upon the submission and approval of attaining 200 hours of front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience. Documentation can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
AHDPG offers a voluntary credentialing exam to individuals who wish to demonstrate job readiness and level-specific competency to prospective employers, clients, and industry colleagues. In offering the credentialing exam for medical scribes, we are protecting the public interest by promoting professional standards, improving the practice of medical scribes, and recognizing those professionals who demonstrate competency through the fulfillment of stated requirements.
This exam consists of 100 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. Both assessment types are used to test each candidate’s knowledge and applied interpretive judgment in all knowledge domains represented on the Medical Scribe job description and the MSCE Exam Blueprint.
* An 80 or above is required for a passing score.
The practical exam questions are designed to test a candidate’s knowledge, skill, and ability to work as a medical scribe effectively in today’s healthcare environment. Emphasis in the practical portion of the exam is more on critical thinking skills rather than keyboarding, research, or other technical skills.
Who Should Take the Medical Scribe Certification Exam?
- Recent graduates of a medical scribe education program.
- Pre-med students looking to launch a career in scribing.
- Active medical scribes.
- Allied Health Professionals who are assuming the activities associated with medical scribing.
Anyone can sit for our national Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE). Membership is not required to take the exam.
Recommendations for Earning Your Credential
- Possess the knowledge and skills outlined in the Medical Scribe job description.
- Know and understand the exam blueprint.
- Assess your knowledge and skills to determine your readiness to sit for the exam.
- Prepare and study for your exam.
Exam Development and Delivery
The AMSP/CMSP credentialing exam has been developed by a team of industry experts. AHDPG professionals have overall responsibility for test development and administration. The medical scribe certification exam is delivered 100% online. The medical scribe credentialing team at AHDPG determines individual eligibility for exam admission.
Preparing for Your Exam
Successful completion of the medical scribe certification exam will depend not only on training and experience but very often on focused exam preparation and study. A goal-oriented approach to preparation can make the difference between earning and not earning your credential. Candidates should consider any or all of the following recommendations for exam prep, independent exercise, and/or collaborative group study:
Understand the AHDPG Medical Scribe Job Description and the Medical Scribe Certification Exam Blueprint.
The questions on the medical scribe certification exam come from specific core competency objectives outlined on the job description and the exam blueprint. Understanding competencies to be evaluated for each objective will guide you in your studies.
Invest in Exam Prep Resources
Take our Online Practice Exam
You will be tested on potential content domains from the exam blueprint to give you an overall impression of exam scope and format, and to acclimate you with the testing environment. At the end of the practice exam you will receive your score, so you will know how you did right away!
This practice exam costs $19.95 and provides a sampling of 25 questions only and is not the full certification exam. Your performance on the practice exam does not guarantee a particular outcome when testing for your certification. A passing score on the practice exam does not qualify you for the AMSP or CMSP credential.
After Earning Your Credential
Upon successfully passing your credentialing exam, you will be recognized as either a Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP) or a Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP) depending upon the number of hours of front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience you possess. Upon successful completion of the Medical Scribe Certification Exam you will receive a certificate that shows the date that the credential is valid.
Your credential will be valid for two years. Before your certification expires, you will need to recertify. Recertification requires you to successfully complete the necessary number of continuing education credits (CECs) or retake the Certified Medical Scribe Exam.
Pricing for Individuals
The cost of the medical scribe certification exam is: $165.00
Bulk Pricing for Employers and Schools
Bulk exam pricing is available for employers and schools. We offer discounts on our online Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE) for companies and educational organizations interested in purchasing exam registrations in bulk. We encourage you to collaborate with your employees and students to help reach the goal of transitioning to a fully credentialed workforce.
Employers and educational programs that are considering the use of the Medical Scribe Certification exam should take advantage of the discounts associated with purchasing by volume.
Exam Fee and Discounts Available
The pricing below is offered exclusively to AHDPG Corporate and Educational Affiliate members. As a Corporate and/or Education Affiliate member, you will be able to pass along the savings to your employees and students at one low price.
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Bulk Pricing Purchasing Policies:
- The organization placing the Bulk Exam order must be an AHDPG Corporate and Educational member. Please fill out our bulk pricing request form at the right and email it to: email@example.com along with a purchase order for the number of exams you would like.
- Orders must be placed and paid for at one time – no payment plans available.
- Exam must be taken within one year from the date of purchase.
- Exam registrations will expire after one year from the date of purchase.
- Bulk discounts are based on quantity at the time of purchase, not cumulatively over a period of time.
Membership is not required to take the Medical Scribe Certification Exam.
Reference materials are not allowed. The exam has been designed to test core knowledge, which should not require reference materials.
How Quickly Will I Receive My Results?
The results will be available immediately upon completion of the exam. All candidates will receive a pass/fail report both on screen and by email at the end of the exam. Your results email will provide you with further instructions about what to expect if you passed your exam.
Will I See What I got Wrong?
You will receive only a pass or fail result and will not receive a score or breakdown of exam section results. It is prevailing practice with credentialing exams to provide a pass/fail result only. AHDPG will not publish its exam cut scores nor do we provide candidates with specific feedback about performance. Our exams are designed to measure skill and competency and should not be used as a diagnostic indicator of exam readiness.
Can I Retake The Exam, If Necessary?
If you do not pass the exam, there is a 30-day waiting period before you are eligible to take it again.
If I Have to Retake The Exam, Do I Have to Pay Again?
Yes, the price listed for the Medical Scribe Certification Exam covers the cost of each attempt at the exam. If you fail an exam, you will need to wait the required 30-day time period before you can retake the exam.
Can I Contest My Exam Results?
The only grounds for contesting an exam result is in the event of unforeseen technical or logistical difficulties that may have compromised your exam session. If you feel this has been the case for your exam session, you should email us immediately and the technical log of your exam session will be reviewed to determine if your exam was in fact compromised. If your session was deemed to have been compromised by a significant technical or logistical problem (this does not include internet connectivity issues, which are the responsibility of the candidate), AHDPG may opt to allow you to retake the exam at no additional charge. Given your exposure to the exam, you would still not be eligible to reschedule for 30 days.
We will not review for any reason the exam results of a first-time candidate. We will not respond to complaints or inquiries about failed exams on a first attempt. If you have failed the Medical Scribe Certification Exam more than once, you may request a review of your exam file and general feedback on areas for improvement.
Recertification is required every two years.
I now have 200 hours of on-the-job medical scribe experience. How do I modify my AMSP credential to CMSP?
Congratulations! The process to document the requirement for earning your certified CMSP is easy. Simply go to the Scribe Credential Update Request Form and complete the short form to provide us with the name and contact information of the supervisor or manager who can verify your hours. Your credential will be updated within 7 days of verification.
Refunds will not be given for any reason.
If you have questions on how to make this program work best for your company or school, please contact us at 1-800-477-1186, extension 803, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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