Certificate programs in health information, medical business and medical office technology provide instruction in general medical office administration and include coursework in electronic records-keeping. Associate degree programs are available in medical office management with an emphasis on electronic records; credits earned in these programs can be transferable to bachelor's degree programs.
Schools with Electronic Medical Records Programs
Electronic medical records programs are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Pace University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$3,995 (program cost)|
|University of North Carolina - Wilmington||Wilmington, NC||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $6,691; Out-of-state: $20,557|
|Hillsborough Community College||Tampa, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state: $2,506; Out-of-state: $9,111|
|Johnston Community College||Smithfield, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $2,401; Out-of-state: $8,545|
|Jamestown Community College||Jamestown, NY||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $5,360; Out-of-state: $9,880|
|Central Maine Community College||Auburn, ME||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $3,750; Out-of-state: $6,450|
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Winston-Salem, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state: $2,025; Out-of-state: $6,631|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in electronic medical records schools may want to keep these considerations in mind when selecting their program.
- Students should decide what level of education they desire; associate degree programs are longer than certificate programs, but often provide greater employment opportunities.
- Compliance with federal laws requiring hospitals to use electronic medical software is mandatory, instruction in their implementation may be essential in finding employment.
- Some associate's programs can transfer towards completing a bachelor's degree.
- It is possible to complete some programs through online study.
Electronic Medical Records Certificate
This certificate program teaches basic information essential to working in a medical office. Students are taught procedures for guiding and implementing the necessary software to comply with federal medical electronic record mandates.
Medical Business and Clinical Specialist Certificate
A medical business and clinical specialist certificate program provides students with instruction for working in one of many positions in a medical office.
Medical Office Technology Certificate
A medical office technology program focuses on general medical office skills, including the use of technology in a medical institution.
Associate of Science in Office Management
An Associate of Science (A.S.) program in office management requires two years of study consisting of general education and management-specific courses. Some programs allow students to concentrate studies in record management.
A record management specialization offers students the ability to investigate electronic medical records as it pertains to offices in general and specifically to medical offices. Internship opportunities may be available.
A career working with electronic medical records requires a certificate or associate's degree in medical records, medical office technology, or office management. Some programs can be applied to a bachelor's degree, and some programs can be completed online.