Business Office Technology:
Electronic Health Records Specialist Certificate

Program Design

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.  This growth is a direct result of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 which was passed to promote and expand the adoption of health information technology.  Subsequently, the extensive use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers will lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.

Upon completion of this certificate, graduates can elect to take a national credentialing exam to become a Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) via the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).


A Career as an EHR Specialist

An entry-level Electronic Health Records Specialist works in the medical office, clinic, or information services/medical records division(s) of a hospital.  The primary role of this employee is to maintain, collect, analyze and secure health information.

Graduates are trained to apply for job positions such as: 

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • HIM Associate
  • Release of Information Coordinator
  • Data Quality Specialist
  • Data Integrity Specialist
  • and more.

Curriculum

This hands-on certificate utilizes a computer lab for 15 out of 21 credits.  Students will demonstrate proficiency via:

  • Hands-On Labs
  • Software Simulations
  • Integrated Projects

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate advanced keyboarding speed and accuracy using industry accepted methods
  2. Demonstrate competency in the use of standard medical office equipment including bar code and scanning devices
  3. Use the common features and functions of specialized EHR applications
  4. Review electronic health records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness of health data
  5. Protect health information for confidentiality, authorized release of information, and data security
  6. Demonstrate professionalism and positive work habits necessary for success in today’s medical office

Required Courses

Course Number and Name

Cr Hrs

First Semester

BOT 111* Keyboarding for Info Pro I

3

BOT 180* Medical Terminology

3

Second Semester

BOT 112* Keyboarding for Info Pro II

3

BOT 181* Medical Coding I

3

BOT 288* Med Pract Mgmt Software Apps

3

Third Semester

BOT 282* Medical Admin Procedures

3

BOT 291* Electronic Medical Records**

3

21 credits total

**BOT* 291 is a new course. It will be added to the 2014/2015 Electronic Catalog.

Course Description for BOT* 291 Electronic Health Records: This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the history, theory and functional benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHR).  Through practical, hands-on learning activities, students will learn how to scan, import and convert health information into specialized EHR applications.   Students will learn to review electronic health records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy, and appropriateness.  Additionally, this course emphasizes the need for strict adherence to patient confidentiality laws, authorized release of information, and data security.  Skills acquired in this course are relevant and can be applied in today’s medical office, clinic, or information services/medical records division(s) of a hospital.


Contacts

Susan Barzottini, Associate Professor
Co-Chair, Information Management and Technology Department
860-512-2639

Carla Adams, Assistant Professor
Co-Chair, Information Management and Technology Department
860-512-2652
Last Update: November 01 2013
For additional information, contact Carla Adams