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Medical Office Professions - Medical Scribe - Advanced Certificate

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Program Code: CBA.35287

The efficiency of a medical office and the quality of medical care provided depend in large part upon the staff members who supplement and support the role of the physician. As a medical office staff member, you must have strong communication skills, organizational ability, computer knowledge, and excellent human relations skills.

A medical scribe's primary duties are to follow a physician through the work day and chart patient encounters in real-time using an electronic medical record (EMR) and existing templates. Medical scribes also generate referral letters for physicians, manage and sort medical documents within the EMR system, and assist with e-prescribing. Medical scribes can be thought of as data care managers, enabling physicians, medical assistants, and nurses to focus on patient in-take and care during clinic hours. Medical scribes-by handling data management  tasks for physicians in real-time-free the physician to increase patient contact time, give more thought to complex cases, better manage patient flow through the department, and increase productivity.

This certificate has a common core of classes that is also required for the Medical Administrative Assistant Associate in Business Studies Degree. Those core classes include BIO 101, HSC 105, HSC 205, HSC 210, OAT 105, and OAT 151.

Total Semester Credits: 12

Total Semester Credits: 11

Total Semester Credits: 13

Total Credits: 36


  1. A grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is required in the following courses: BIO 101W HSC 105 , OAT 151 , OAT 171 , OAT 243 , and OAT 244  .
  2. BIO 101W , HSC 105 , HSC 205W , OAT 171 , OAT 243 , and OAT 244  are Key courses and must be completed within 5 years of completing certificate. Failure to complete within the stated time frame will require you to repeat this course. See graduation requirements page in catalog.
  3. OAT 172  and OAT 260  may be taken concurrently.
  4. OAT 170  with a “B” grade or better is a prerequisite for OAT 171 . Keyboarding waiver test is available for OAT 170 . Contact the BTec Division office, 989-686-9127, to arrange for waiver test.
  5. Credit by exam is available for OAT 151 , OAT 171 , OAT 243 , and OAT 244 . Contact the Assessment Testing office, 989-686-9182, to arrange for credit by exam test.
  6. HSC 105  and one of the following: BIO 101W , BIO 140W , BIO 152W , BIO 153W , or BIO 240 , both with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) are prerequisites for  HSC 210  .

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