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.