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Schools for Electronic Medical Records Specialists: How to Choose

Programs available to students interested in becoming electronic medical records specialists can be found at community and career colleges. Certificate and associate degree programs exist in both general office management and medical office administration.

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.

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