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Medical Scribe

Medical Scribe

Medical Scribe

Hybrid Program

At-a-Glance

9-14 months

$4,150

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The role of the certified medical assistant as a medical scribe is quickly becoming the standard in medical offices throughout the country. The use of medical assistant medical scribes provides more efficient patient care, and offers medical assistants additional career growth opportunities. Additionally, working as a medical scribe for pre-medical experience is highly recommended by medical school acceptance committees across the country because of the immense value gained with the exposure to real medicine in practice.


Scribes essentially work as a personal assistant to the doctor, shadowing them throughout the day, precisely documenting patient consultations into the EHR. Jobs in this field are on the rise as more and more doctors are realizing the value in increased patient care with being able to focus more on the patient and diagnosis and less on the paperwork.


Developed in cooperation with the UCR School of Medicine, the Professional Certificate in Medical Scribing prepares you to sit for the MSCAT certification exam, and for an entry-level scribe position.

Designed For

Individuals interested in pursuing an entry-level position as a medical scribe and gaining first-hand experience in the healthcare field.

What You'll Learn

  • HIPAA requirements
  • The scribe's role in medico-legal risk mitigation
  • The essential elements of documenting a physician-patient encounter
  • Core measures of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid service
  • Joint Commission guidelines
  • Basics of coding
  • EMR training
  • Billing and medical legal liability
  • Roles and responsibilities of general medical personnel
  • Common case scenarios and workflows

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in private or public medical settings such as hospitals, clinics or doctor’s offices.

Program Requirements

To meet the ACMSS requirements and sit for the MSCAT credential and certification exam, applicants are required to complete 22 units with a grade of C or higher: 18 units of pre-clinical coursework and 200 hours of on-site clinical instruction (4 units). Fewer clinical hours are required for certified medical professionals. Program application is required.

Transfer Units

Equivalent courses from an accredited college or university are accepted for Introduction to Medical Terminology (BMSC X401.5) and Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Vocations (BMSC X490). Official transcripts are required.

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • College/University medical student or high school graduate with some college preferred
  • Some experience and an understanding of medical terminology preferred
  • Must have access to a computer and the internet
  • Strong verbal skills and proficient in reading, grammar and comprehension in the English language
  • Possess strong computer and keyboarding skills with a high level of concentration
  • Possess solid hand-eye coordination, keen listening skills, and a passion to work in healthcare
  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods
  • Confident, mature, able to multitask, self-motivated, punctual and cooperative

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Medical Terminology

BMSC X401.5

4.5 units

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Vocations

BMSC X490

4 units

Quarter 2

Introduction to the Medical Scribe Profession

BMSC X490.1

1 units

Legal Guidelines and Requirements in Healthcare

BMSC X490.2

2 units

Principles of Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement

BMSC X490.3

2 units

Principles of Electronic Health Records

BMSC X490.4

2 units

Quarter 3

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Training

BMSC X490.5

2 units

Medical Scribe Workflows

BMSC X490.6

1 units

Quality Improvement Outcomes

BMSC X490.7

1 units

Medical Scribe Clinical Training

BMSC X491

4 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”

Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas

Associate Dean, UCR Extension

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