Certificate | SC Program: CL.3455

Program Overview

To learn more about the program, please visit the Medical Scribe Certificate Program website.

Medical Scribe Specialist Certificate

This program is designed to train the individual to be a medical scribe specialist. Students will learn the fundamentals of the career, including medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, electronic health records, medico-legal rules and regulations, including HIPAA, and the essentials of medical billing and coding. Using both theory and clinical based learning, the program meets the training requirements for medical scribe as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The skills and knowledge of a medical scribe may be applied in ambulatory care clinics, surgical centers, hospital settings, emergency departments, and other health care environments.

This is a locally approved certificate. Upon satisfactory completion of the listed requirements and application for completion of the certificate to Admissions and Records, the student will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate program is not approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, therefore, completion of the certificate will not be listed on the student’s transcript.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student should be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills needed to perform entry-level competencies as a medical scribe specialist.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and collaboratively as a team member to resolve challenges in a changing healthcare environment.

Program Requirements and Course Sequence

Students must complete the 6 courses listed below for a total of 11 units in order to earn the Medical Scribe Specialist Certificate of Achievement. Although not required, HIT 11 is recommended. Students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 with a grade of “C” or higher in ALL courses required of the program. ALH 105B coursework must be completed in order to participate in HEOC 94. Students must be prepared to complete HEOC 94 immediately following the completion of ALH 105B, or as placement allows. Externship (HEOC 94) scheduling commitments generally follow standard business hours Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. In order to progress through the medical scribe courses, students must demonstrate competency in both the theory and clinical components. Failing or withdrawing from ALH 105A will require withdrawal from ALH 105B.

Space in the program is limited. In order to be eligible for enrollment, students must satisfy the prerequisite listed and file a program enrollment packet with the Health Sciences Division during designated enrollment periods. Students are enrolled on a first come first served basis until classes are full. Clinical and Safety requirements must be met as outlined on the Health Sciences Division web page. Students must also complete a background check and drug test as part of the application process. For additional information please consult the HSUP web page or call (530)339-3600.


A 5 minute professional typing certificate issued by a staffing service or college course reflecting a typing speed of 55 wpm with 98% accuracy.

Recommended Courses

  • HIT 11 Computer Info Systems for Health Info Tech 2

Core Courses

  • ALH 105A Medical Scribe Theory 3
  • ALH 105B Medical Scribe Lab 1.5
  • ALH 107 Allied Health Professional Development 0.5
  • HEOC 11 Medical Terminology 3
  • HEOC 94 Health Occupations Worksite Learning 2
  • HIT 30 Basic Pharmacology 1
Total Units for Certificate: 11

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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