General Medical Scribe Course

Lessons that cover medical documentation along with common symptoms, conditions and treatment options you may encounter in various clinical settings

General Medical Scribe Course Overview

General Medical Scribe Course Description

This course will prepare you to work as a medical scribe in a variety of clinical settings. You will learn the fundamentals of the medical scribe profession, including common presenting symptoms and the basics of medical documentation. After completing this course, you will know what is expected of you before your first day on the job. Video lessons are followed by quizzes to reinforce your learning. We offer specialty courses in a variety of clinical areas that build on the General course to enhance your knowledge of scribing in a specific field of medicine. You can also purchase additional practice scenarios for more real-time scribing practice.

This in-depth course covers topics that are essential to the medical scribe profession including:

  • Common presenting symptoms and conditions
  • Screening, testing and treatment options
  • Introductory anatomy and physiology
  • Terminology and abbreviations
  • Scribe duties & scope of practice
  • Medical coding
  • Medical documentation
  • The SOAP note
  • Medications
  • Practice clinical scenarios
How will this course help me succeed?

Knowing what it takes to be a medical scribe and how to function in the clinical environment can prepare you to discuss these topics and more in career and professional school interviews. Our scribing courses will help you build a solid foundation of knowledge in medical terminology, professionalism as a medical scribe and proper medical chart documentation.

How do I know if I’ll be good at scribing?

Scribing takes practice! Each lesson includes quiz questions and vocabulary terms to support your learning. Every course also features clinical practice scenarios, where you will listen to a doctor visit and fill out a medical chart in real-time. Then review with a scribe trainer.

Who is this course for?
  • Individuals interested in becoming a medical scribe.
  • Employers who wish to streamline their training process.
  • Existing medical professionals (e.g. medical assistants) who will add scribing to their duties.
Course Packages, Masterclass & Extra Practice

One course package: The General Medical Scribe course covers scribing in both inpatient and outpatient settings and includes 1 practice scenario.

Outpatient Clinic Masterclass: The Outpatient Clinic Masterclass is our most comprehensive scribing program. After purchasing this package, you are automatically enrolled in the General course and three specialty courses – Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Urgent Care. You’ll get lots of real-time scribing practice with specialized lessons and clinical scenarios. Upon completion, you will receive four course certificates!

Extra scribing practice: Another package is available with 7 additional practice scenarios for a total of 8 scenarios. These scenarios come from a variety of clinical situations and allow you to practice scribing in real-time.

General Medical Scribe Course Outline

  • Clinical Environment Overview
    1. Clinical Settings
    2. Clinical Care Team
  • Electronic Medical Record
    1. What are Medical Records?
    2. Who uses Medical Records?
  • Medical Scribe Role
    1. Scribe Duties & Scope of Practice
    2. Scribe Professionalism
    3. Scribe Attestation
    4. Typical day of a scribe
  • Physician Reimbursement
    1. Medical Coding and Billing
    2. ICD-10 Codes
    3. CPT Codes

  • Terminology
    1. Medical Terminology Introduction
    2. Body Position
    3. Anatomical Movement
    4. Conditions & Symptoms
  • Medical Abbreviations
    1. General Abbreviations
    2. Prescription Abbreviations
    3. Common Conditions Abbreviations
    4. Anatomy Abbreviations
  • Medications
    1. Medication Overview
    2. Common Drugs
  • Musculoskeletal System
    1. Musculoskeletal System
    2. Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Respiratory System
    1. Respiratory System
    2. Respiratory Conditions
  • Cardiovascular System
    1. Cardiovascular System
    2. Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Nervous System
    1. Nervous System
    2. Neurologic Conditions
  • Endocrine System
    1. Endocrine System
    2. Endocrine Conditions
  • Gastrointestinal System
    1. Gastrointestinal System
    2. Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Urinary System
    1. Urinary System
    2. Urinary Conditions
  • Reproductive System
    1. Reproductive System
    2. Reproductive System Conditions
  • Lymphatic System
    1. Lymphatic System
    2. Lymphatic System Conditions
  • Immune System
    1. Immune System
    2. Immune System Conditions
    3. Vaccinations
  • Integumentary System
    1. Integumentary System
    2. Integumentary System Conditions
  • Overview of Medical Charts
    1. SOAP Note
    2. EHR Charts & Notes
  • Subjective
    1. Chief Complaint & History of Present Illness
    2. Review of Systems
    3. Patient Histories
    4. Subjective Practice Scenario 1*
    5. Subjective Practice Scenario 2*
  • Objective: Physical Exam
    1. Vital Signs
    2. Physical Exam
    3. Detailed Exams
    4. Physical Exam Practice Scenario*
  • Objective: Diagnostic Tests
    1. Common Lab Tests
    2. Imaging
    3. EKG
    4. Other Diagnostic Tests
    5. In-office Procedures
  • Assessment & Plan
    1. Medical Decision Making
    2. Documenting Medical Decision Making
    3. Assessment & Plan Practice Scenario*
  • Clinical Practice Scenario
    1. Full Charting Practice Scenario*
  • Levels of Chart Coding
    1. Levels of Chart Coding

*Students practice scribing in real time with pre-recorded physician-patient encounters. Then, step-by-step review teaches students how to complete a medical chart.

  • What is HIPAA?
    1. HIPAA Introduction
    2. Protected Health Information
    3. Regulated Entities
    4. HIPAA Privacy Rule
    5. HIPAA Security Rule
  • HIPAA in Healthcare
    1. HIPAA Compliance
    2. Permissible Disclosure and Use
    3. HIPAA Violations
  • Medical Scribe Certification Exam
  • Medical Scribe Certificate

General Medical Scribe Course Review

Medical Scribe Certification

A certificate is awarded for each course completed. You will be awarded a General Medical Scribe certificate and an additional certificate for each specialty course you complete.

Each of our certificates comes with a unique identification number. You can provide this certificate to future employers or graduate schools and they can contact us to verify the authenticity of the certificate and your completion of the course. The certificate is good for all states.

Medical Scribe Course Contributors

Devon Pace, MD

Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Pace functioned as a medical scribe for two years in the emergency medicine and primary care settings. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Pace is currently a general surgery resident and pediatric surgery research fellow.

Maria Lopez, MD

Dr. Lopez worked more than two years as an emergency department virtual scribe for a large medical staffing company where she advanced to medical scribe supervisor and trainer. Building on this experience she then worked for one of the largest medical scribe companies as chief of telescribes, where she successfully trained medical scribes on electronic health record systems such as Meditech, MedHost and Cerner. Dr. Lopez’s experience provides broad insight on best practices and effective teaching strategies when delivering medical scribe services and training online.

course contributor

Alice Rhoades, MPH

Ms. Rhoades has more than three years of clinical scribe experience working with physicians and training medical scribes. As a project leader for a medical scribe staffing company, she hired, on-boarded and trained new scribes in medical terminology, pathophysiology, and medical charts in the classroom and clinic. Alice traveled around the United States, establishing scribe services and developing training materials for scribes in emergency medicine as well as outpatient primary care, orthopedic surgery, urgent care and oncology. She managed scheduling, staffing and training of scribes across many clinics and created continuing education materials.

Britt Picuri, MS

Britt has a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and about 2 years of experience as a medical scribe in various settings, including the emergency department and urgent care clinics. She has experience working with both adult and pediatric populations. Her time as a medical scribe prepared her to take on additional roles in healthcare including work as a clinical research coordinator, medical writer, and pharmaceutical chemist. These experiences have given her a unique perspective on how to effectively integrate the fundamental knowledge of both pathophysiology and medical documentation to prepare students for their position as a medical scribe. 

Bryce Mooney, PhD

Dr. Mooney is managing director at Medical Scribes Training Institute. He has made a career of combining healthcare, technology and marketing. Recently, he served as chief technology officer for the largest online medical 3D printing community. He has performed market research for some of the largest pharma and medical device companies and worked at Accenture, Microsoft and in various technology roles.

General Medical Scribe Course Options

General Medical Scribe Course

Extensive General Course

General Medical Scribe Course Cost

Package Includes:

  • General Scribe Course
  • 1 General practice scenario
  • Video lessons with quizzes
  • General Medical Scribe certification
  • 6 months of course access

Save 50%: $599


Outpatient Clinic Masterclass

4 Course Package

Outpatient Clinic Masterclass

Package Includes:

  • General Scribe Course
  • Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine & Urgent Care Scribe Courses
  • 10 practice scenarios
  • Four scribe certifications
  • 6 months of course access

Save 50%: $1199


General Medical Scribe Course + Scenarios

Extra Scribing Practice!

General Medical Scribe Course Scenarios

Package Includes:

  • General Scribe Course
  • 1 General practice scenario
  • 7 extra practice scenarios for a total of 8 scenarios
  • General Scribe certification
  • 6 months of course access

Save 50%: $799



Frequently Asked Questions

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Practice scenarios provide an opportunity for you to hone your documentation skills. The scenarios come from a variety of clinical situations and prepare you to be a medical scribe rock star under any circumstances!

When purchasing a two course package, you are automatically enrolled in our General course and one of the specialty courses (e.g. Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Urgent Care or OB/GYN). You will take the General course first and then the specialty course. Upon completion, you will receive two course certificates and be certified in two areas of medical scribing.

The Outpatient Clinic Masterclass is our most comprehensive scribing program. After purchasing this package, you are automatically enrolled in the General course and three specialty courses – Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Urgent Care. You’ll get lots of real-time scribing practice with specialized lessons and clinical scenarios. Upon completion, you will receive four course certificates!

You will have 6 months from the date of purchase to complete all courses. Some people finish the courses within several days. Others take much more time and complete the course while studying for school or working.

All of our medical scribe courses are completely online and can be taken on a computer, laptop or smartphone. Instruction is provided through videos along with quizzes and additional study materials. You can take the course according to your schedule from anywhere with an internet connection.

Anyone can take our course and there isn’t an application process. To register and begin the course, click one of the “Buy Now” buttons on this page. After you register and pay for the course, you can begin the course and work at your own pace. The course is 100% online.

No, there are no additional fees. You pay for the course one time and take the final exam after completing the lessons and quizzes. After passing the final exam, you will be awarded your certificate without any additional fees.