Health Information Technology Degree Program in Richmond, VA

Jan 13, 2019

The Richmond, VA, area has two schools that offer health information technology programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools, both within 55 miles of downtown, to make an informed education decision.

Richmond Schools with Health Information Technology Programs

There are only a couple of Richmond-area schools that offer programs related to health information technology; degree programs in this field are unavailable in the region. This article looks at two schools that offer relevant certificate programs, one is less than 10 minutes from the city center, while the other is almost an hour away. There is information about each school's program as well as a table of facts about the schools that a prospective student should know, such as enrollment, tuition, percentage of applicants who are admitted and the percentage of students who graduate in a timely manner.

  • Students at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, just four miles from downtown Richmond, can earn an Advanced Medical Coder Career Studies Certificate.
  • Southside Virginia Community College offers a Medical Office Assisting Career Studies Certificate. This school is approximately 54 miles from Richmond.

Comparison of Schools

When considering which school to attend, prospective students should look at many factors. The following table displays some useful data about each school in a way that facilitates comparison.

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 Rural; distant
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $4,886 in-state; $10,841 out-of-state* $4,583 in-state; $10,511 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 64%* 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2017) 63% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students* 70% for full-time students; 34% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began in Fall 2014) 18% (16% transfer-out rate)* 40% (6% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

The entirety of this school's health records coding technician training occurs in the classroom. Graduates of this school's certificate program qualify to take certification exams offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders and the American Health Information Management Association.

Advanced Medical Coder (Health Information Management) Certificate

Students need to complete 16 credits to finish this program. Courses include health statistics, reimbursement and coding, health information systems, supervision practices and performance improvement. Students can expect coding training to focus on ICD-CM and CPT-4 coding systems. This program is only available to certified coders.

Southside Virginia Community College

The Medical Office Assisting program is designed to prepare students for full-time employment immediately upon completion of the program. This program is available at the Christanna Campus and the John H. Daniel Campus.

Medical Office Assisting Career Studies Certificate

Students in this program will study medical office procedures, coding and reimbursement, health records coding and medical terminology. Students also have to take courses that cover keyboarding, introductory computer applications, and editing and proofreading. At least 28 credit hours are required to successfully complete this program. Students who finish the program can transfer their credit hours to a related degree program, such as the two-year administrative support technology degree.

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