Medical Scribe - Certificate

You want to work in health care but can't commit to a lot of college or training. Medical scribe might be for you. Medical scribes work with physicians to input patient information into a computer while the physician treats the patient. This one semester program includes classes in anatomy and medical terminology that can provide the foundation you need to get an entry-level job in a doctor's office or to continue for further study.

The Medical Scribe is trained to input information into the electronic medical record at the direction of a physician or practitioner, as the provider assesses and examines the patient. The scribe will record the patients history, physician's interaction with the patient, procedures, lab results and other information. The curriculum teaches the skills required for entry-level employment as a medical scribe, which includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, human relations, medical law and ethics, HIPAA guidelines and standards, medical records documentation, introduction of electronic health records, and basic principles of billing, coding and reimbursement. The trained medical scribe will allow the provider to focus on the care of the patient, which then increases their productivity, continuity of care and patient satisfaction.

West Burlington campus (Keokuk campus offers select courses)

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
BIO-163 ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 4
HSC-114 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
MAP-401 MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS 1
MAP-431 HUMAN RELATIONS 1
MTR-158 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL SCRIBE 7
TOTAL 16

BIO-163 - ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This introductory course is designed for the student needing a one-semester combined anatomy and physiology course with laboratory. All systems will be covered with greater emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune and urinary systems.  This course also provides background for the more advanced courses BIO-168 and BIO-173

HSC-114 - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to study the basic language related to medical science with emphasis on word analysis, construction, definitions, pronunciations, spelling and standard abbreviations.

MAP-401 - MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is designed to expose the student to legal concepts of standard of care, scope of employment, criminal and civil acts, contract, negligence and ethical concepts.

MAP-431 - HUMAN RELATIONS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course includes the study of the fundamental principles related to human relations, self-improvement, professional appearance and attitudes, limitations, and behaviors. Principles of individualized client care and etiquette of the medical practice are emphasized.

MTR-158 - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL SCRIBE

Lecture: 2

Lab: 6

OJT: 8

Credit: 7

This course is designed to prepare students to create a patient care record under the direct supervision of a physician. Students will learn to recognize and obtain a chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical, social and family histories, review of systems, and physical exam. Medical procedures, lab results, and other pertinent patient information for a patient visit will also be covered. Practical experience will include transcription/editing of history and physical reports, consultation reports, SOAP notes, progress notes, and office notes. Students will obtain knowledge in classification of drugs, normal routes of administration, usage, and generic and brand names. Routine patient encounters, management of chronic diseases, and characteristics of disease processes will be discussed. Students will identify the importance and challenges of medical documentation, including guidelines for evaluation and management of visits.

Megan Massner - Instructor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5203

Email: mmassner@scciowa.edu
Diploma, Southeastern Community College

Carla Pilkington - Assistant Professor, (319) 524-3221 ext. 1986

Email: cpilkington@scciowa.edu
AA, Southeastern Community College
BA, Buena Vista University

Deb Shaffer - Instructor/Coordinator, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5213

Email: dshaffer@scciowa.edu
AAS, Mt. St. Clare College
ADN, Southeastern Community College

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