10 year Job Growth
Avg. Starting Salary1
Issuing Authority

Issuing Authority American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group


AMSP Certification Detail

The Apprentice Medical Scribe Professional (AMSP) credential is awarded to a candidate who successfully passes the Medical Scribe certification exam and possesses less than 200 hours of documented front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience. 

The 1-hour 15-minute exam consists of 100 multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions and requires a minimum passing score of 80 or above. The practical exam questions are designed to test a candidate's knowledge, skill, and ability to work as a medical scribe effectively in today's healthcare environment The emphasis in the practical portion of the exam is more on critical thinking skills rather than keyboarding, research, or other technical skills. 

The AMSP credentialing exam is administered by the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group (AHDPG). The American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group launched the industry's first online medical scribe training program in 2011. 

The MSCE credentialing exam is designed to assess competency in medical scribing by verifying a medical scribe's breadth of knowledge with respect to medical terminology, technical spelling, the Patient Privacy Rule and HIPAA, the scribe's role in medico-legal risk mitigation, understanding the essential elements of documenting a physician­ patient encounter, evaluation and management level, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician QualityReporting System (PQRS), the Joint Commission's  Accountability Measures, and general knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of general medical personnel.

NOTE: Once the Medical Scribe possesses 200  hours of documented front-line, on-the-job medical scribe experience he/she is eligible to be recognized as a Certified Medical Scribe Professional (CMSP). 

Selecting the Right Training Option Program Comparisons

MedCerts training programs are some of the most competitively price ways to start a new career.

MedCerts Community College Online College
Program & Tuition Cost $4,000 average Up to $20,000 $3,000 average
Exam Fees, Books & Materials Included Up to $750 Up to $750
Job Ready In 3–6 months 24–48 months 3–6 months
Schedule Flexibility On-demand 24/7 Set class schedule On-demand 24/7
Travel Requirements None: 100% online On-campus classrooms None: 100% online
Student Support Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access Professors: scheduled office hours Support inbox
Career Coaching Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements Exam-specific only
Content Delivery 3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning Professor lectures Varies: typically videos and presentations

This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.

AMSP Certification Skills Gained

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the soft skill expectations of an allied healthcare professional 
  • Discuss the role and responsibilities of a Medical Scribe as part of the healthcare team
  • Comply with relevant laws and ethics, the Omnibus Rule, HIPAA, and HITECH
  • Display strong attention to detail and accuracy with the use of the electronic health record
  • Demonstrate electronic health record documentation as applicable to the clinic workflow
  • Explain how medical coding plays a role and impacts the clinic workflow and revenue cycle
  • Gain an understanding of laboratory testing and pharmacology as applicable to the EHR

AMSP Career PathwaysAttainable Jobs

highest Paying

Medical Scribe

A medical scribe is a physician collaborator who fulfills the primary clerical and non-medical functions of a busy physician or practitioner. The advent of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and their administrative demands on doctors has given rise to a critical need for qualified Medical Scribes

$27,300 - $33,150
Estimated Salary1
1All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.