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Medical Scribe
Medical Scribe
  • Are you interested in becoming part of a healthcare team in a nonclinical role interacting with patients, physicians, and other healthcare professionals?
  • Would you like to learn medical terminology and the medical jargon used in a healthcare facility?
  • Do you have excellent organizational and communication skills and a pleasant, professional disposition?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Roane State’s Medical Scribe courses may be just what you are looking for!

Medical Scribe: A Medical Scribe works alongside the physician in a medical office or hospital setting assisting with the documentation aspect of the patient care. Medical scribes document the verbal communication between the patient and physician and provide real-time transcription of physician notes.  They may also perform other related tasks such as the retrieval of medical test results and scheduling medical tests and procedures, etc.

Learn the Skills

Our courses provide a hands-on approach to learning the daily operations and skills needed to be successful as a Medical Scribe. 

Daily operations may consist of:

  • Documentation of the following patient information in an electronic medical record:
  • Verbal communication between the patient and physician
  • Real-time transcription of physician notes including the patient’s history, physical examination findings, and prescribed treatment
  • Communicating with various departments within the facility
  • Retrieval of medical test results
  • Scheduling of medical tests, procedures, and appointments.

Class Location

Medical Scribe courses are delivered in a combination of web, hybrid, and traditional classroom. Traditional classes are at the Oak Ridge Campus.

Length of Time to Complete the Medical Scribe Courses

Classes may be completed in 4 months (one semester) after completion of any learning support classes (longer if necessary)

Medical Scribe Pre-Requisites

  1. Compass test. Applicants are exempt from taking the Compass test if one of the following conditions are met:
    • Students who have prior college-level English courses may be exempt from the Compass test.
    • Students having an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college are exempt.
      * If the Compass test identifies deficiencies in reading or writing, the appropriate learning support courses must be completed prior to enrolling in medical scribe courses.  Learning support courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  2. Minimum keyboarding speed of 45 words per minute.

Enrollment Deadline

Enrollment is on a space available basis, if course prerequisites are met.

Medical Scribe Courses

Fall   Credit Hours
MDT 102 Medical Terminology I 3
MDT 103 Anatomy Concepts in Medical Transcription 2
MDT 125 Pharmacology Concepts in Medical Transcription 2
MDSC 2010 Medical Scribe Procedures 4
HIT 140 Medical Office Procedures 2
  Total Hours 13

Prepare for the Future

It is anticipated that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will increase patient access to healthcare delivery systems.  An influx of patients into existing healthcare delivery systems coupled with an increasing demand for more comprehensive medical documentation in an electronic medical record (EMR) environment will increase the need for healthcare support workers such as Medical Scribes.

Employment Opportunities

Medical Scribes are typically employed in physician’s offices and hospitals. 

Medical Scribe National Association and Certification Exam

Visit (ACCIM) The American College of Clinical Information Managers web site at

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