Most programs in health information technology offer industry-standard courses in coding and records terminology, as well as fundamentals of information management in medical settings. Students who complete this curriculum can earn certificates or associate's degrees.
10 Schools that Offer Medical Records Technology Programs
Medical records technology programs are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $2,550; In-state $9,210; Out-of-state $11,340|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,753; Out-of-state $8,875|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,805; Out-of-state $9,450|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $1,632; In-state $3,360; Out-of-state $3,756|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $4,115; Out-of-state $7,992|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $1,504; In-state $3,184; Out-of-state $3,544|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,834; Out-of-state $9,661|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, VA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $5,138; Out-of-state $11,055|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $3,766; Out-of-state $8,374|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Potential students should consider several factors when selecting a program:
- Students might want to look for program curricula designed specifically to prepare them for certification from such organizations as the American Health Information Management Association or the National Healthcare Association. These credentials exhibit a technician's aptitude and proficiency in the field of medical coding and health information; they may also play a large role in career and salary opportunities.
- While deciding on a school, students may wish to choose a program that offers practical experience opportunities, either as lab training or an internship through an affiliated institution.
- Programs that offer additional coursework in medical knowledge, such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology or disease prevention, may appeal to students who prefer a well-rounded comprehension of the medical field.
Associate Degree for Medical Record and Health Information Technicians
An associate degree in health information technology is a standard qualifying factor required to earn professional certification. On-campus practicums or practical application through internships at local or international affiliated clinics may be available. These 2-year programs typically introduce students to basic healthcare topics, such as medical terminology, information management and anatomy.
Those interested in a career in health information technology can choose between a certificate or associate's degree program. Some schools offer practicums so that students can acquire hands-on experience.