How to Become a Medical Scribe: A Step-by-Step Guide

We will walk you through a step-by-step guide explaining how to become  medical scribe in Arkansas in this blog post . If you want to learn more, keep reading. If you’re ready to go ahead and take the first step to become a scribe, click this button.

How to Become a Medical Scribe

Medical scribes are an integral part of the healthcare team. They document patient encounters in real-time, providing valuable support to doctors and other medical professionals. If you’re a college student in Arkansas looking for a fulfilling career in healthcare, consider becoming a medical scribe.

So, how do you become a medical scribe? Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:


Step 1: Determine if you meet the basic requirements

To become a medical scribe, you must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. You must have xcellent written and verbal communication skills. You must also be comfortable working in a fast-paced, high-stress environment with strong attention to detail.


Step 2: Consider getting some relevant experience

While not required, experience in the healthcare field can help you when applying for medical scribe positions. Here at Medoptim, we look for experience volunteering at a hospital or clinic, or taking healthcare-related courses in college.


Step 3: Research training programs

Many hospitals and medical practices offer medical scribe training programs for individuals who are interested in becoming a scribe. These programs typically last a few weeks and teach medical scribes hands-on how to perform various tasks, such as charting patient encounters and communicating with other members of the healthcare team. Some training programs may also cover topics such as medical terminology and HIPAA regulations.

If you become a medical scribe through Medoptim, we will provide all necessary training to work with our clinic partners.


Step 4: Look for open positions

After completing training or gaining some relevant experience, you can start looking for open medical scribe positions. You can search online job boards, check with local hospitals and clinics, or apply with Medoptim, we are always looking for more scribes.


Step 5: Prepare for the interview

When you apply for a medical scribe position, the hiring manager will likely ask you to attend an interview. Use this opportunity to show them why you’re the best candidate for the job. Be prepared to talk about your skills, experience, and why you’re interested in becoming a medical scribe. The hiring manager may also ask you to complete a writing sample or participate in a mock charting exercise. This exercise demonstrates your ability to document patient encounters accurately and efficiently.


Step 6: Get certified

While it’s not required, becoming a Certified Medical Scribe (CMS) can give you an advantage in the job market and help you advance your career. The Medical Scribes Training Institute offers a certification program for medical scribes that includes online training and a certification exam.  Additionally, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) offers a preparation course for the Certified Professional Medical Scribe (CPMS) exam.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to starting a rewarding career as a medical scribe. 


Are you ready to become a scribe in Arkansas?

Medical scribes in Arkansas gain real-world experience, increase grad school application appeal, and work flexible hours. 

What does the training process look like and how long does it take?

We require every new employee to complete an online training one week prior to their first day in the clinic. The rest is in-person, on-site training with a current scribe. The duration of this training process depends on scribe availability and clinic specialty, and can range from less than one week up to 4 weeks.

What are the credentialing requirements?

Each clinic we work in has different requirements. Some clinics require two TB skin tests, a nicotine screen, a 10-panel drug screen, a Covid-19 vaccination, updated immunization records, a background check, a current flu shot, and hospital paperwork. Most clinics require some combination of these tests, but not all.

What specialties do you work with?

We collaborate with several hospitals and private practices around the state of Arkansas. Our clients' specialties include general surgery, family medicine, urology, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and OB GYN. 

Do you offer positions for full and part-time employees?

Yes, we have positions available for both full-time and part-time employees. We accommodate many students by working with their school schedules and availability.

What benefits does Medoptim offer?

Medoptim aims to assist its employees in attending graduate level school by offering flexible hours. Our GAP (Get Accepted Benefits) program includes paid entrance exam fees, study materials, recommendation letters, and more. We also offer loan assistance. 

Do you have remote options?

Yes! Medoptim offers full-time and part-time remote positions.