Healthcare Documentation Refresher Course

The course is designed to “fast-track” those who have previously been educated and/or worked in the Healthcare Documentation industry, but need to refresh or expand upon their knowledge and skill set in order to gain employment as a Healthcare Documentation Specialist.
Who is the HDS Refresher Course For?

This course is particularly for those who have:

  • previously completed a course but have limited work exposure in the industry
  • been out of the work force for an extended period of time
  • had limited or no exposure to acute care and/or speech recognition technology
Why Take the HDS Course

CanScribe graduates are preferred among HDS employers.  One employer in particular states that over 70% of their work force are CanScribe graduates, and they need more!  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Graduation and will become one of the sought after CanScribe alumni.

CanScribe’s HDS Refresher Course is PTIB Designated



Over 51,000 students enroll in private training institutions in B.C. each year.  Students are trained for a broad range of occupations from sound and audio technicians to licensed practical nurses to commercial pilots.

The sector is regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), which is responsible for:

The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers the Private Training Act and associated regulations.

  • Grade 12 diploma or mature student (19 at start of course)
  • Copy of diploma if under 19
  • Graduation from an MT/HDS program, or previous HDS experience
  • Ability to type 40 NWPM
  • Ability to pass basic grammar test – 85%
  • Take the Distance Learning Assessment
  • PC with internet access

Healthcare Documentation Refresher Curriculum
Chapter Hours
Introduction 2
Program Orientation 5
Computer Fundamentals 5
Microsoft Outlook 5
Microsoft Word 5
Microsoft Excel 5
Keyboarding Techniques 7
Grammar & Style 9
Medical Report Formatting 10
The Body as a Whole 10
Pharmacology 10
EMDAT Launch 1
Speech Recognition 11
Skeletal System 12
Muscular System 12
Lymphatic, Immune and Allergy 9
Endocrine System 8
Sensory System 8
Phrase Express Launch 1
Integumentary System 9
Cardiovascular System A 13
Cardiovascular System B 13
Respiratory System 9
Gastrointestinal System 9
Genitourinary System 9
Reproductive System 12
Nervous System 14
Psychiatry 13
Oncology 16
Surgical Documentation A 15
Surgical Documentation B 15
Advanced A 15
Advanced B 15
Advanced C 15
Professional Issues 6
Career Development A 4
Career Development B 4
Electronic Health Records 4
Practicum 50
Final Exam 5
Total 400

Healthcare Documentation Refresher Course Fees

All applicants must be qualified to sit for the Healthcare Documentation Refresher course pre-entrance exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may choose from the various payment options below and begin working towards your MT/HDS Graduation Certificate.

Pre Entrance Exam: $250.00


Note: you will receive a $250 credit towards the HDS Refresher course upon successful completion of the entry exam. If you are unsuccessful in the entry exam you will receive a $250 credit upon enrolling in the regular HDS course.


Tuition: $1700.00
Registration $250.00
Supplies/Materials: $800
Total: $2750.00
Healthcare Documentation Refresher Payment Plans


Three Month Payment Plan $2850.00
$250 for the exam, $1500 down and then 2 payments of $550(includes a $100 processing fee) for a total of $2850.00

To enroll in the Healthcare Documentation Refresher Course, you must first meet all prerequisites and pass an entry exam. If you are ready to see if you qualify for the HDS Refresher, apply today!

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