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Medical Scribe Program

Become an invaluable member of the healthcare team by assisting the physician and other healthcare providers in charting important aspects of the patient encounter.

Working as a Medical Scribe is a great way to obtain in-depth educational clinical exposure if you are interested in pursuing a future career in the medical field. Scribes work directly with physicians by transcribing information during clinical visits, in real time, into electronic health records (EHRs).

$5,795

The Berkeley College Medical Scribe program prepares individuals to work as medical scribes and provides them with the skills needed to document all aspects of the patient encounter. Learners will explore the fundamentals of the career including medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, electronic health records, and the basics of medical billing and coding. Upon completion of this program, learners will have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare settings.

The following costs are included in the fee for the Medical Scribe program:

  • Required E-text
  • Lab software

The Medical Scribe Program is offered through Berkeley College Online® and is designed to be completed in as little as two semesters.

Credit hours from the completed program may be applied toward credits for a degree program offered within the College’s School of Health Studies.

Individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll in this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

Semester 1

  • HEA2200 - Medical Terminology (15 weeks | 3 credits)
  • MED1120 - Medical Office Administration (15 weeks | 3 credits)
  • HEA2255 - Electronic Health Records (15 weeks | 3 credits)
  • HEA1110 - Medical Scribe I (15 weeks | 3 credits)

Semester 2

  • HEA1101 - Foundations of Health Services (15 weeks | 3 credits)
  • MBC1105 - Medical Coding (15 weeks | 4 credits)
  • MBC2221 - Clinical Documentation and Compliance (15 weeks | 3 credits)
  • HEA1112 - Medical Scribe II (15 weeks | 3 credits)

Semester 1

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the healthcare industry and the medical assistant profession. Emphasizes patient relations as well as efficient procedures and administration of the professional office. Telephone techniques, patient scheduling, medical records management, and patient privacy within the practice are covered. Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths.

3 Credit Hours

Familiarizes students with computerized billing and electronic health records using practice management software. Students learn to enter and edit patient personal history information, enter charges and post payments to financial accounts, and print statements. The importance of accuracy is stressed throughout this course.

Prerequisite: HEA1101

3 Credit Hours

Students gain knowledge in the areas of principles of medical scribing, privacy laws, diagnostic and laboratory test, as well as components of the medical chart and medical records. Students will also learn about the patient encounter, medical note, and system based medicine. The cognitive knowledge acquired by students throughout this course will be essential for success as a medical scribe.

3 Credit Hours

Semester 2

Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the American healthcare system. This course explains the structures and operations of healthcare organizations, explores the forces responsible for shaping the system, and considers the policies influencing the system’s current and future performance.

3 Credit Hours

Introduces the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), along with the principles of Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS). Topics include coding of diseases and procedures, an overview of coding systems, basic coding rules and conventions, procedural coding, the assignment of DRGs, and the relationship between coding to reimbursement.

Prerequisite: HEA2200

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI2100

4 Credit Hours

Provides in-depth coverage of ICD, CPT, and HCPCS coding rubrics, conventions, principles, and updates as they apply to the coding of complex case studies. Students will assign codes and prospective payment categories using the required manuals.

Prerequisite: HEA2200

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MBC2201, SCI2100

3 Credit Hours

Students will build on the medical scribing knowledge gained in Medical Scribe I. This course will cover scribe-relevant topics such as introduction to general coding, diagnostic and procedural coding, principles of EMR, clinical data management, CMS meaningful use, and scribing in various settings.

Prerequisite: HEA1110

3 Credit Hours

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.