Scribe FAQs


EPPA Medical Scribe Program FAQs

How do I apply for to become an EPPA Scribe?

Apply Now at your preferred location (Minneapolis – St. Paul or St. Cloud, MN). Review the job description and requirements before clicking “apply” and then complete the application.

What will I need to apply?

To apply, you will need to upload a resume and an undergraduate academic transcript (may be unofficial). You may also upload a cover letter, your current or upcoming class schedule, and a WPM typing test result.

When should I apply?

We’re always accepting applications! You can apply year-round, even if you are unable to work for a few months. We do recommend that you apply 2-3 months in advance of your preferred start date to secure a position.

Most of our scribes have completed their core science pre-requisites and labs (GPA must be a 3.0 or higher), common pre-health work, research, direct patient care, and/or volunteer positions, and have the ability to work a minimum of two shifts per week. Applicants tend to be Junior/Senior students or graduates. 

Who can apply?

Anyone who meets our requirements and is looking to gain an exceptional clinical work experience on their pursuit of a professional graduate program in healthcare. Our program is designed as a stepping stone experience.

Where do you have openings?

We have openings in hospitals and clinics across Minnesota. We hire scribes to work in hospital systems based on their location preferences and our staffing needs.

We're hiring throughout the year, however our most common hiring periods are Winter (December/January) and Summer (May-July). Anyone looking to start during these time frames should apply 2-3 months in advance.

Where are your locations?

We are located throughout the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, Minnesota. Many of our openings are in emergency department settings, however, we also offer opportunities in specialty clinics.

Emergency Department Locations:

Allina (Fridley & Coon Rapids)
CentraCare (St. Cloud)
Fairview (Edina & Burnsville)
North Memorial (Robbinsdale & Maple Grove)
Park Nicollet Methodist (St. Louis Park)
The Urgency Room (Eagan, Vadnais Heights, Woodbury)

Clinic Locations:

Dermatology (Arden Hills, Maple Grove, St. Louis Park, Wayzata)
Family Medicine (Robbinsdale)
Oncology (St. Louis Park)
M Health Specialties (Minneapolis – U of M Campus)

 When can I expect to hear from you?

Our leadership team will review your application and send an email communication within 3 business days of when you submit your application. If you have any immediate questions regarding your application, please email us!

How do I know if medical scribing is right for me?

Being a Medical Scribe with EPPA usually means you’re a pre-health student or graduate looking to gain a clinical experience before applying to medical, physician assistant, or other professional health graduate programs. We recommend that undergraduate students wait to scribe until after the complete of core science pre-requisites and labs (typically Junior/Senior status). We also highly recommend scribing during a gap year while applying to professional school. Most of our scribes remain employed with us for 12-24 months.

Our leadership team is always happy to discuss your interest in scribing to help you make an informed decision. We encourage anyone that is interested to apply or reach out with additional questions.  

How long can I be a medical scribe?

At EPPA most of our scribes remain employed with us for 12-24 months. Our expectation is that part-time scribes work with us for about 2 years and full-time scribes work with us for about 1 year. This time commitment is intended to show professional schools your commitment to medicine. Scribes can remain with our program as long as they like.

Do you have summer-only positions?

At this time we do not offer summer-only or short term employment positions due to the length of our training process and our commitment to maintaining steady staffing levels for our providers.

Can I scribe if I have a full-time job already?

Trying to scribe part-time with EPPA while already having a full-time work position is not something that we can accommodate with our program. Scribing part-time is a minimum of 16-20 hours per week which can be very difficult to balance in addition to a full-time job. We want our scribes to have a positive experience and do not want them to burnout. In addition, our training program requires 2-3 weeks of full-time availability for all new hires. We are able to accommodate other part-time work positions, class schedules, and some extra curricular activities.

What does your shift scheduling look like?

We publish our schedules on a monthly basis, about 3-4 weeks in advance. This allows our scribes to adjust their schedules around other activities and commitments. We just require that our scribes work a minimum of 2 shifts per week, which equals roughly 16-20 hours per week. Scribes may pick up additional shifts from coworkers for extra hours if they want, however it is not required.

Can I apply to work full-time in the summer but reduce my hours when fall semester starts?

Yes, many of our scribes begin working during the summer and complete training then work close to full-time for a few months. When school starts back up, you can move to a part-time status. Please note, you must demonstrate that you will have adequate time to dedicate to scribing once back in class. 

What is the training to become a medical scribe?

Becoming a scribe is a steep learning curve and the training program can be intensive. All of our training is paid and includes in-person orientations, online coursework and quizzes, and eight one-on-one clinical training shifts at your site location(s). During the clinical training shifts you are paired with a scribe trainer and begin by observing, before increasing responsibility until you are ready to work independently. With this training process, we do require near full-time availability to ensure the best learning retention and success for our trainees. Scribes to have to graduate out of the training program to continue to scribe with us, but no need to worry, we provide all of the tools and resources need to be successful.

What is considered good availability to scribe?

Our leadership team has worked with thousands of pre-health individuals and understand the necessary availability to add scribing to your schedule. Good availability is usually considered 2-3 week days with all classes and/or activities ending at or before 2:00pm - 3:00pm, in addition to weekends, for Emergency Department locations. Clinic locations require 2-3 week days of full day-time availability (6:00am - 7:00pm).

We discuss availability in depth during an interview and are sometimes able to accommodate unique availability within out locations outside of the above parameters.

I applied but haven’t heard back?

We try out best to get back to candidates within 3 business days of when they apply, but occasionally we get busy! Be sure to check your inbox and spam folder for an email from scribeapplicant@eppahealth.com otherwise we encourage you to send a follow up email to check on the status of your application.

I was told to reapply in the future? What does this mean?

Our leadership team carefully reviews each application that we receive. Sometimes this means that we review an applicant that we believe would make a great medical scribe, but in the future when they have better availability or additional experiences. If you receive a communication to reapply with us in the future, do not let it discourage you. Instead, please contact us with any questions regarding your application.

What is your interview process?

Once we review an application and choose to extend an invite to interview, interviews take place at our Bloomington corporate office. We also schedule phone interviews for people who are unable to interview in person. Our interviews typically take 45-60 minutes. Hiring decisions are usually communicated one week from when you interview via email.

Still Have Questions?

Email: scribeapplicant@eppahealth.com

Call: 952-835-9880