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Ophthalmic Scribe Certification

The Ophthalmic Scribe Certification (OSC) 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.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, it is recommended candidates meet one of the three following education and work experience categories:

OSC-1: Current Certification

Education and Work Experience

Currently certified by IJCAHPO.

OSC-2: Training Program Graduates

Education and Work Experience

1-year certificate scribe program or 2-year associates scribe degree within 12 months prior to completing the OSC examination. The program should include coursework in anatomy, medical terminology, risk management, legal issues relating to healthcare documentation, and English grammar and punctuation.

OSC-3: Work Experience

Education and Work Experience

Have been employed at least 1,000 hours within 12 months prior to completing OSC examination under the direct supervision of an ophthalmologist as a medical scribe or front office personnel, or as a non-certified Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) (assistant, technician, or technologist).

Examination Information

This open resource examination is comprised of 125 questions in ten core content areas:

  1. Electronic Health Records
  2. History Taking
  3. Ophthalmic Abbreviations
  4. Ophthalmic Acronyms
  5. Ophthalmic Anatomy
  6. Ophthalmic Instruments
  7. Ophthalmic Patient Services
  8. Ophthalmic Pharmacology
  9. Ophthalmic Supplemental Skills
  10. Ophthalmic Terminology
Number of Exam Questions


Special Accommodations

IJCAHPO and its test vendors do not discriminate against individuals with disabilities and make every effort to reasonably accommodate candidates with documented disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you have a disability as defined under the ADA, you must notify IJCAHPO by submitting a form regarding your request from your physician or a qualified healthcare professional.

Build your confidence by studying all areas of the examination content thoroughly. Use multiple resources and make sure you understand what you are studying.

Purchase the Exam

Once you have met the recommended requirements for the OSC examination, purchase the examination.

In Need of Recertification?

Recertification requires successful completion of the OSC examination.