Ophthalmic Scribe Certificate Course and

Joint Commission Scribe Certification (OSC®) Exam Prep Course and Practice Test

Take the course and get a certificate of completion and/or study for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology Ophthalmic Scribe certification exam. Practice test is included.


Job description of an ophthalmic Scribe:

  • The role of the scribe is to assist the physician with documentation of the patient's medical record.
  • The scribe accompanies the physician into the exam room to transcribe the history and examination as given by the patient and the physician.
  • The scribe, under the direction of the physician, transcribes the impression and plan, results of tests, prescriptions, and orders.
  • The scribe documents any procedures that may be performed by the physician or ophthalmic medical personnel.
  • The scribe transcribes any consultations or discussions with family members.
  • The scribe does not usually directly assist with patient care, but may do so as directed by the physician.

How to become an ophthalmic scribe, with no previous experience:

1. Take this eyetec.net Ophthalmic Scribe Certificate Course. More information below.
2.  Print/save the course certificate along with a printout of the course homepage. Your course homepage will provide proof that you took all of the course quizzes and that you completed the course.
3. The course certificate and proof of course completion may help you when looking for employment with an ophthalmology practice.
4. Taking the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel certified scribe exam is optional. You will not be eligible to take the Joint Commission certification exam until you have been employed by an ophthalmologist. More information below.

How to become an Joint Commission certified ophthalmic scribe:

1. Take this eyetec.net Ophthalmic Scribe Certificate Course and Exam Prep Course. More information below.
2. Take the Joint Commission Ophthalmic Scribe Certification Exam which is available on the Joint Commission Eyecaremarketplace website. More information follows.

Joint Commission scribe certification eligibility pathways:

Quoted from the Joint Commission website.

1. Candidates who choose to become Ophthalmic Scribe Certified and are currently certified by the Joint Commission;


2. Have completed a 1-year certificate scribe program or 2-year associates scribe degree within 12 months prior to submitting an application. The program must have included course work in anatomy, medical terminology, risk management, legal issues relating to healthcare documentation, and English grammar and punctuation;


3. Have been employed at least 1,000 hours within 12 months prior to submitting an application under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist as a medical scribe or front office personnel; or "non-certified" ophthalmic medical professional (assistant, technician or technologist).


Eyetec.net now offers a comprehensive OSC Exam Preparation Course. This combination provides some distinct advantages:

  • Ophthalmology practices that need scribe assistance for their doctors now have an efficient and inexpensive training option.
  • Ophthalmology practices that hire people "off-the-street" with little or no experience in ophthalmology to train to be ophthalmic assistants/technicians now have an efficient and effective method to begin training. The scribe training provides a basic level of knowledge to build upon. The training also results in a level of certification, which provides some "professional" status and encourages higher levels of learning and certification.

The scribe prep course can be ordered from the course catalog after login, or you can order from this link (after login).


More Information about the Eyetec.net Ophthalmic Scribe Certificate Course and the Joint Commission Scribe Exam Prep Course

The fee for the course is $47 for 3 months of access.

The course includes the following topics:

  • ophthalmic anatomy and physiology
  • ophthalmic diseases, treatments, and surgeries
  • ophthalmic instrumentation
  • general medical knowledge
  • medical terminology
  • medical abbreviation and acronyms
  • medical prefixes and suffixes
  • history taking
  • scribing and EMR
  • confidentiality
  • coding
  • consent
  • medical legal
  • triage
  • ethics

Prep course structure:

Short reading modules are followed by quizzes that reinforce learning. Each question can be immediately reviewed/repeated. Quizzes can be abandoned and will begin where the user left off. Each quiz can be reviewed after taking. Quizzes can be repeated. There is a exam practice test with the same number of questions as on the real exam (125). The exam practice test has exam content questions in the same percentages as on the actual exam. The exam practice test can be repeated.

'I wanted to thank you for your great work on the ophthalmic Scribe study course. I passed and was super prepared!" NM

The scribe prep course can be ordered from the course catalog after login, or you can order from this link (after login).

Information about the ophthalmic scribe certification exam (quoted from the Joint Commission website) 

The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology is offering the Ophthalmic Scribe Certification (OSC®) examination. The Ophthalmic Scribe Certification examination is designed to test the knowledge of creating and maintaining patient medical records under the supervision of an ophthalmologist. These records include the documentation of a comprehensive patient history, physical examination, medications, lab results, and other essential patient information. This examination is CMS Stage 2 Eligible Professional Meaningful Use Core Measures Compliant.
This open resource* examination is comprised of 125 questions in ten core content areas:
• Electronic Health Records
• History Taking
• Ophthalmic Abbreviations
• Ophthalmic Acronyms
• Ophthalmic Anatomy
• Ophthalmic Instruments
• Ophthalmic Patient Services
• Ophthalmic Pharmacology
• Ophthalmic Supplemental Skills
• Ophthalmic Terminology
This product is the Ophthalmic Scribe Certification examination only. The examination price includes one attempt, to be completed within 14 days after beginning the examination. Each additional attempt requires you to re-purchase the examination.
Certified Member- $40
Non-Certified Member - $40
Non-Certified - $60

FAQs: Ophthalmic Scribe Certification (OSC®) Examination (from the Joint Commission website)

The new OSC examination is now available online at EyeCareCE.org.
Q: How do I purchase the OSC examination?
A:The examination is purchased through EyeCareMarketplace.org. Enter JCEX1001 in the search bar at the top of the page.
Q: Once purchased, how do I access the examination?
A: Under the My Courses tab on the EyeCareCE website. Once logged in, you will have immediate access to the examination.
Q: How long do I have to complete the examination?
A: From the time you begin to answer questions on the examination, you will have 14 days to complete;not 14 days from the date of purchase.
Q: What is the price of the examination?
A: When you are logged into your account, the ‘your price’ fee will appear based on the criteria below. If you are not logged in, the pricing will show $60 for both member and nonmember pricing. Certified Pricing - $40, Non-Certified Member Pricing - $40, Non-Certified Pricing - $60. 
Q: How do I know if I have passed or failed the examination?
A:You will receive an immediate pass/fail response when you submit your examination for grading.
Q: Can I retake the examination if I have failed?
A: You may retake the examination after a 24-hour waiting period; call the Joint Commission at 800-284-3937 to have your examination status re-set in order to take the examination again. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the examination; however you must call the Joint Commission each time to have the examination re-set.
Q: Is there a cost to retake the examination?
A: The fee to retake the examination is the same as the original purchase fee based on the criteria outlined above.
Q: If I fail the examination, is there any feedback?
A: Within one week you will receive a feedback report at the e-mail address on your Joint Commission account. The feedback will provide the percentage of incorrect answers within each category of the examination. You will not receive information as to which questions you got right or wrong.
Q: How do I get my certification information if I pass the examination?
A: A link to print a temporary certificate will be available with the immediate pass/fail response. An official certificate will be sent via U.S. Mail within four weeks of passing the examination.
Q: How long is the OSC certification valid?
A: The OSC certification is valid for 36 months. For example, if you obtained the certification on 1/15/2017, it will be valid until 1/31/2020.
Q: How do I recertify the OSC certification?
A: OSC recertification requires that you retake and pass the OSC certification examination.