Richmond Health Information Systems Programs
Students in the Richmond area looking for health information systems training can find one institution right in the city, but to find a degree in this area of study will require some out-of-town travel. This article profiles two colleges and provides details on their program curricula. There's also a table near the end that highlights some facts about the schools in general, such as costs and graduation rates.
- The only local school offering any type of program related to health information systems is J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, which offers a health records coding certificate program. This institution is less than mile from central Richmond.
- Students seeking a degree will find a relevant associate degree program in administrative support technology with a medical office specialization at Alberta's Southside Virginia Community College, which is located 54 miles away from downtown Richmond.
Comparison of Schools
Tuition rates, campus environments, student retention rates - these factors and others are displayed in the following table. Review the figures to help make a more informed decision about not only what program but also what college is a good fit.
|J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College||Southside Virginia Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||9,334*||3,611*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Distant rural|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$4,886 in-state; $10,814 out-of-state*||$4,583 in-state; $10,511 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||64%*||92%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||63% for full-time students*||70% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students began studies in 2014)||18%*||40%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Reynolds Community College was established in 1972 and is Virginia's newest community college. The school offers academic and professional training programs and awards both degrees and certificates. Prospective health information technologists will find a certificate program that may appeal to them. The program trains students in health records coding.
Career Studies Certificate in Medical Records Coding
Students who would like to work as health information technologists can obtain practical training through the medical record coding program at Reynolds Community College in Richmond. Courses include electronic health records management, health classification systems, coding and health statistics. Students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification exams administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Southside Virginia Community College
Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) is located 54 miles from Richmond in Alberta, Virginia. The school has seven locations around Virginia, including campuses and education centers in Emporia, Keysville and South Hill.
Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology - Medical Office Specialization
In this program, students study basic administrative office concepts such as keyboarding, computer applications and office administration procedures. They take courses in health records coding, medical machine transcription and medical terminology. Graduates are prepared to work as medical office information assistants, medical transcriptionists or medical office assistants.