Health Technician Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Health care technician jobs typically require an associate's degree, diploma or certificate from a community college or vocational or technical school. Some health care positions, such as nurse assistant and patient care technician, require only a certificate or diploma.

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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.

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