AHDPG Medical Scribe Program Outline
Personalized career training that’ll put you at the top of anyone’s hiring list.
CareerStep’s Medical Scribe by AHDPG program is a new, personalized approach to career training. It’s designed to ensure Learners make the best use of their time, allowing for more flexibility in what they learn—all based on their personal knowledge of the profession. Already know all the lingo medical scribes use and hear? Just demonstrate your proficiency by passing our pre-course evaluation and skip that section entirely.
You can be career-ready in 2 short months. Or, if spreading out your study makes more sense, take up to 4 months to finish.
Just 4 months of full-time study
You don’t have to take a sledgehammer to your schedule in order to train for a new career. Our training is available whenever and wherever you’re ready.
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Medical Scribe Program Modules
Our 80-hour curriculum is divided into 32 bite-sized modules—test out and skip the topics you already know.
Introduction to Medical Terminology
- Get an intro to medical term basics: prefixes/suffixes, singular/plural forms.
- Discuss the organization of the body and its systems.
- Learn prefixes for medical terms.
- Learn suffixes for medical terms.
Diagnostics & Abbreviations
- Get information on diagnostics (imaging, procedures, etc.) and learn the abbreviations scribes use to record those diagnostics.
Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
- Review anatomy and physiology from a scribe's perspective.
Cells, Tissues, and Systems
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing cells, tissues, and systems.
Skeletal & Muscle Systems
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing the skeletal and muscle systems.
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing integumentary systems.
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing nervous systems.
Special Senses & Endocrine Systems
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing special senses and endocrine systems.
Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing lymphatic and immune systems.
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing the gastrointestinal system.
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing the urinary system.
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing the reproductive system.
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing pharmacology.
- Outline the basic terms used when discussing diagnostic imaging, scribe radiological terms, EKG interpretation, and labs.
Becoming a Medical Scribe (Foundations)
- Discuss a scribe’s unique, on-the-job functionality.
HIPAA for Medical Scribes
- Define the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
- Explain how HIPAA impacts a scribe’s day-to-day responsibilities.
Medical Language and the Patient
- Learn the proper medical terminology and appropriate phrasing as used in formal healthcare documentation.
Review of Systems (ROS)
- Discuss what a review of systems (also called a systems enquiry) is, and learn to identify conditions that don't have precise diagnostic tests.
Fundamentals of Patient Visit
- Outline and review the Fundamentals of the Chief Complaint, HPI, Past Medical/Social/Family Histories, and Physical Exam.
Medical Decision Making
- Learn the specific components of an MDM—the part of the chart known as the physician’s voice.
- Learn to document a chart for a particular medical specialty.
Chart Guidelines for Reimbursement (ICD-10)
- Learn when, why, and how physicians are legally reimbursed for their time or expertise.
Basic Medication Review
- Get familiar with a variety of medications.
- Learn the most common usage for those medications and/or the medication classification.
Common Lab & Diagnostic Studies
- Review of the most common lab studies seen on the job.
- Understand the reference ranges— and recognize the significance of a lab value that is too high or too low (out of normal range).
Electronic Health Record (EHR)
- Explain the importance of clinical standards in the development of interoperable electronic health records.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how electronic health records are used in physician practices and other outpatient settings.
- Describe the different types of personal health records and explain how personal health records differ from electronic health records.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the HIPAA privacy and security rules may not provide adequate protection in today's healthcare market.
Charting - Case Studies (Hands-on Activities)
- Gain hands-on experience documenting pertinent information into the proper chart sections including: HPI, PMH, Surgical History, Social History, Medications List, ROS, Physical Exam, Assessment & Plan/Medical Decision Making, and DIAGNOSES.
Medical Scribe Certification
Once you complete your program, you’ll be set to take the Medical Scribe Certification exam through the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group.
Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP)