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Schools with Health Records Technician Programs: How to Choose

Health and medical records technician programs are widely available at the associate's degree level. Prospective students should choose a program that offers relevant coursework and provides opportunities for supervised work experience.

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Aspiring medical or health record technicians should search out programs in the medical information field. Associate's degree programs are widely available in health information technology, health information management, medical records administration and health records management; degree programs are found at technical colleges, community colleges and universities through their health sciences and health professions departments and are offered both on campus and online.

10 Schools With Health Records Administration and Technology Programs

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer medical records administration programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Bellevue College Bellevue, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Bachelor's In-state $3,619; Out-of-state $8,957
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,448; Out-of-state $6,704
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,808; Out-of-state $8,430
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $3,136; In-state $3,953; Out-of-state $7,648
College of Health Care Professionals Houston, TX 4-year, Private Associate's $15,675
Hinds Community College Raymond, MI 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,600; Out-of-state $5,200
William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,228; In-state $9,396; Out-of-state $11,208
Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,900; Out-of-state $7,844
Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Private non-profit Associate's $17,664
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,115; Out-of-state $7,992

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

How to Choose a Health/Medical Records Administration School

There are a number of things to consider when choosing a school program in this field.

  • Program types should adequately focus on health or medical records curricula.
  • Programs should be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
  • Coursework and practical opportunities should prepare students for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam.
  • Tuition costs vary widely; private school programs are more expensive, while many public colleges offer tuition discounts to local and in-state students.

Associate of Science in Health/Medical Information Technology

Health/medical information technology programs prepare students to collect medical information that is complete, accurate and protected while ensuring that the information is available to healthcare providers. Students should graduate with an understanding of the beginning, middle and end phases of record-keeping.

Associate of Science in Health/Medical Information Management

Health information management programs are similar to health information technology programs in that they teach students how to analyze and evaluate data in health records, as well as develop critical thinking and communication skills.

With one to two years of study it is possible to prepare for a career as a health records technician. A number of institutions offer certificate and associate's degree programs for those interested in pursuing a career in this field.

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