The Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP) credential is awarded to a candidate who successfully passes the Medical Scribe certification exam and possesses less than 200 hours of documented front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience.
The 1-hour 15-minute exam consists of 100 multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions and requires a minimum passing score of 80 or above. The practical exam questions are designed to test a candidate's knowledge, skill, and ability to work as a medical scribe effectively in today's healthcare environment The emphasis in the practical portion of the exam is more on critical thinking skills rather than keyboarding, research, or other technical skills.
The AMSP credentialing exam is administered by the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG). The American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group launched the industry's first online medical scribe training program in 2011.
The MSCE credentialing exam is designed to assess competency in medical scribing by verifying a medical scribe's breadth of knowledge with respect to medical terminology, technical spelling, the Patient Privacy Rule and HIPAA, the scribe's role in medico-legal risk mitigation, understanding the essential elements of documenting a physician patient encounter, evaluation and management level, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician QualityReporting System (PQRS), the Joint Commission's Accountability Measures, and general knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of general medical personnel.
NOTE: Once the Medical Scribe possesses 200 hours of documented front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience he/she is eligible to be recognized as a Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP).
MedCerts training programs are some of the most competitively price ways to start a new career.
|MedCerts||Community College||Online College|
|Program & Tuition Cost||$4,000 average||Up to $20,000||$3,000 average|
|Exam Fees, Books & Materials||Included||Up to $750||Up to $750|
|Job Ready In||3–6 months||24–48 months||3–6 months|
|Schedule Flexibility||On-demand 24/7||Set class schedule||On-demand 24/7|
|Travel Requirements||None: 100% online||On-campus classrooms||None: 100% online|
|Student Support||Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access||Professors: scheduled office hours||Support inbox|
|Career Coaching||Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers||Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements||Exam-specific only|
|Content Delivery||3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning||Professor lectures||Varies: typically videos and presentations|
This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.
A medical scribe is a physician collaborator who fulfills the primary clerical and non-medical functions of a busy physician or practitioner. The advent of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and their administrative demands on doctors has given rise to a critical need for qualified Medical Scribes
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