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Medical Scribe Apprentice

Certificate of Technical Studies

Program Director: Pamela Christianson

This program is offered completely online.

This program is pending Department of Education funding for financial aid and is currently not a financial aid eligible program. Please talk to your advisor about your options.

The Medical Scribe Apprentice program prepares individuals to function as entry-level Medical Scribes with the ability to document physician/patient encounters using current electronic health record systems effectively.

Upon completion of the CTS program, students will be eligible to sit for the certification exam (MSCAT -- Medical Scribe Certification and Aptitude Test) through the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS). Once they have successfully passed that exam, they will be credentialed as Certified Medical Scribe Apprentices (CMSA). They will then need to complete 200 hours of clinical employment. Once the supervised clinical hours are completed satisfactorily, full recognition of the Certified Medical Scribe Specialist (CMSS) will be awarded.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete this certificate program while enrolled in one of the following programs: Medical Assistant, Health Information Technology, Health Information Coding Specialist, and/or Nursing.

Students who complete this certificate in conjunction with a clinical program such as Medical Assisting or Nursing will only need to complete 50 hours of clinical employment to gain the CMSS credential.

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Understand and apply HIPAA and the patient Privacy Rule in the professional medical setting.
  • Document physician/patient encounters and appropriate Evaluation/Management levels.
  • Utilize Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) systems effectively and accurately.
  • Use medical terminology appropriately.
  • Understand and work within CMS guidelines and guidelines of the Physician Quality Reporting Systems (PQRS) and the Joint Commission's (TJC) Accountability Measures.
  • Become credentialed as Medical Scribe Apprentices through the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists.

Estimated Resident Program Cost

Tuition and Fees $3,418
Application Fee $30
Lab/Course Fees $35
Books/Supplies $1,391
Total $4,874


Fall 2018 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

Students wishing to enter the Medical Scribe Apprentice program are strongly advised to be proficient in keyboarding and typing.

First Year
AHMS 108 Health Data Content & Struct +,* 3
AHMS 144 Medical Terminology + 3
CAPP 131 Basic MS Office + 3
Select one of the following:
BIOH 104 Basic Human Biology & Lab +,* 4
BIOH 112 Human Form and Function I + 4
Select one of the following:
WRIT 095 Developmental Writing +,** 3
WRIT 122 Intro to Business Writing +,** 3
WRIT 101 College Writing I +,** 3

First Year
AHMS 158 Legal & Rgltry Aspcts Hlthcare +,* 3
AHMS 201 Medical Science +,* 3
Select one of the following:
AHMS 160 Beginning Procedural Coding +,* 3
AHMS 164 Beg Diagnosis Coding: ICD-10 +,* 3
Total Credits25


Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.