Medical Scribe Certificate (C45400 C1)

The Medical Scribe Certificate prepares students to work with physicians and other medical practitioners to support documentation in the electronic health record.

A medical scribe works in a healthcare facility, helping to improve accuracy and efficiency in the recording of a patients' medical history. They do this through:

  • Documenting the physician-patient interaction
  • Taking notes during patient interviews
  • Entering information into the Electronic Medical Record
  • Writing notes that the physician has dictated

The goal is to ensure that the doctor can focus on the treatment of the patient, rather than on clerical work. 

Students who complete this program may be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP) credential through the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG).

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
MED 121 - Medical Terminology I 3.00 3.00
MED 122 - Medical Terminology II 3.00 3.00
MED 134 - Medical Transcription 2.00 2.00 3.00
MED 183 - Electronic Medical Records I 3.00 2.00 3.00 5.00
Total: 14

*MED 121 is a pre-requisite to MED 122. These classes can be fast tracked in the summer.

*CIS 110 OR CIS 111 OR OST 131 - is a co-requisite to MED 183 and can be taken prior to or at the same time as this certificate program.

Important Information Regarding Certification

Individuals who take and pass the Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE) and have less than 200 hours of direct medical scribe experience can earn the credential Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP).  

Individuals who take and pass the MSCE and have 200 hours of direct medical scribe experience earn the CMSP credential.  

An AMSP candidate who eventually acquires 200 hours of direct medical scribe experience may request an update to the CMSP credential via our website, upon verification by their supervisor.

Application Process

  • This certificate program is only available to graduates who have at least a diploma in medical assisting OR students that are currently enrolled in their last semester of a medical assisting diploma program.
  • Applicants must complete the Residence and Johnston Community College application.
  • Official transcripts from high school and all colleges should be sent to the Registrars Office. Have graduated or will graduate from high school or the equivalent, as recognized by the State of North Carolina. 
  • All foreign transcripts (secondary and post-secondary) must be evaluated by a Johnston Community College (JCC) recognized evaluation company at the student’s expense. For specific details, see International Transcript information in the College catalog.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores: (5-year limit on scores). If you graduated from a high school in the United States TOEFL scores are not required. For specific details, see International Student information on the College website or College catalog.
  • Submit a Medical Scribe Certificate application (obtained from the HS Student Navigator) to the Health Science (HS) Student Navigator at

Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

NOTE: Neither federal law nor North Carolina law permits undocumented individuals or those with DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) classification to receive professional licenses. See 8 U.S.C. § 1621(a) and (c)(1)(A). This does not prevent a DACA student from enrolling in a Health Science program but will prohibit the student from receiving a professional license. In addition, State Board of Community College Code 1D-SBCC 400.2 Students lawfully present in the United States shall have priority over any undocumented immigrant in any class or program of study when capacity limitations exist.

The College reserves the right to change any restrictions or program requirements at any time. Every effort is made to provide a one-year notice however, changes or revisions that occur as the result of accreditation or approval body standards and criteria may be implemented with limited notice.