Health technicians fulfil many different roles within a hospital or medicalized setting and can choose to focus their study towards a particular speciality over the course of their degree program. Depending on the position and training, health technicians may care for ill and disabled people, assist patients with personal hygiene, monitor vital signs or conduct medical diagnostic tests and x-rays. Other technical positions may also relate to medical records and health information.
9 Schools with Health Technician Programs
Health technician programs can be found at all levels of undergraduate study. Here are nine schools that offer health technician programs for undergraduate students:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (In-state/Out-of-State) 2015-2016*|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,834, $9661|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,805, $9,450|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,064, $4,920|
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,598, $7,554|
|East Los Angeles College||Monterey Park, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,220, $6,810|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,753, $8,875|
|St. Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,352, $11,607|
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's||$10,885, $12,985|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Some things to bear in mind when picking a school to become a health technician are:
- Prospective health technicians must choose a specialty to pursue, so ensure this focus is well-supported at your chosen school.
- Classes offered by health technician schools should focus cover medical terminology, anatomy, human development and patient care.
- Schools in urban areas may offer more opportunities for hands-on practice through internships, clinical practice and labs.
- For students enrolled in a certificate program, and considering moving onto an associate's degree program, can check to see if credits from a certificate program are transferable.
Health Technician Certificate
A health technician certificate program is designed to give students the theoretical grounding required to find entry-level positions in the medical field. They will cover basic medical terminology and familiarize students with commonly used data entry technology.
Health Technician Associate's Degree
This is a two-year program that will teach students how to confidentially manage healthcare-related data and the collection processes, clinical classification systems and clinical documentation. Students will learn how to use data entry programs and contemporary computer technology as well as retrieval of health information in physical and digital form. After finishing the program, students will need to pass a national certifying exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).
There are many different degree programs suitable for students interested in pursuing a career as a health technician, with many different undergraduate programs available. Students should make sure that their chosen school has the resources to support their chosen area of study, as this will vary from program to program.