A Medical Scribe Specialist (MSS) is a member of the health care team who, under the direction of a licensed health care clinician, assists with point-of-care clinical documentation, patient tracking, and obtaining prior clinical records. Medical Scribe Specialists are used to maximize workflow efficiency and productivity of clinical care, enable real-time clinical documentation, create and maintain comprehensive and accurate electronic health records, and obtain prior health information including patient history and lab results for the benefit of clinicians, health care staff, and patients.
The medical scribe program is designed for existing health care workers or for those looking to enter the health care field. This program consists of 18 credit hours, which include online courses and a face to face clinical component. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a post-baccalaureate certificate as a medical scribe specialist and will be eligible to take the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) examination offered by the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists.
Most medical scribe specialists work in specialty clinics, emergency departments, and other hospital settings.
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