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Electronic Medical Records

Associate Degree

Program Overview

The associate degree in Electronic Medical Records combines elements of healthcare, business, and information technology. Train on the latest software applications, and learn how to maintain data on patient safety, patterns of disease, disease treatment, and outcomes. Graduates work in a range of settings, including physicians' offices, nursing care facilities, and hospitals.

Career Possibilities

  • EMR Technician
  • EMR Systems Analyst
  • EMR Salesperson

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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science in Electronic Medical Records program prepares technicians to maintain, collect, and analyze patients’ health information data including medical history, symptoms, examinations results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods, and all other healthcare provider services. Technicians ensure the quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security of health information data. They regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information. Electronic Medical Record technicians should possess excellent oral and written communication skills as they often serve as liaisons between healthcare facilities, insurance companies, and other establishments.

The Electronic Medical Record Technology curriculum combines elements of healthcare, business, and information technology. Coursework involves medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, clinical classification and coding systems, data analysis, healthcare reimbursement methods, database security and management, confidentiality of personal health information, and quality improvement methods. Students will be trained on electronic health records software applications to maintain data on patient safety, patterns of disease, disease treatment and outcomes for biomedical statistics.

Electronic Medical Records technicians’ duties vary with the size and scope of the medical facility. Technicians specialize in many aspects of heath information and can work in physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, home healthcare services, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, behavioral health facilities, and insurance companies.

The Electronic Medical Record  program is a full-time, six-quarter program that may be completed in as little as 18 months. Upon successful completion of the entire course of study, graduates may sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) examination administered by the National Health career Association and the more advanced Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) examination administered by Health IT Certification.

Associate in Science Degree

Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission
The mission of the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) program is to provide a specialized associate degree program to prepare students for careers as certified health information management professionals.  Through a combination of didactic, laboratory, and fieldwork experience the program emphasizes the knowledge, comprehension, and application of professional skills and behaviors graduates will need to become effective EMR professionals.

Program Goals
The EMR program will:

  1. Provide students with learning experiences that engage the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains necessary to function as EMR professionals.
  2. Utilize technology to allow students to demonstrate the application of knowledge in the classroom, laboratory, and professional settings.
  3. Focus on the hands-on application of knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills needed to function as an effective EMR professional.
  4. Prepare students for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) and the Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) national examinations.
  5. Endeavor to instill in the student a sense of commitment to the EMR profession’s core values and ethics including ongoing professional development and life-long learning.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Manage, monitor, and analyze health information to ensure accuracy, appropriateness, security, and confidentiality of patient data.
  2. Utilize technology including hardware and software to facilitate data collection, analysis, storage, reporting, and retrieval of health information.
  3. Apply policies and procedures to maintain protected health information according to the standards of external regulatory agencies for certification, licensure, and accreditation purposes.
  4. Utilize legal, ethical, and professional guidelines to manage health information within diverse healthcare delivery systems and promote privacy, confidentiality, and safety of patient data.
  5. Implement procedures to effectively process biomedical research statistics and multiple healthcare reimbursement methodologies, including clinical classification, billing, and coding.
  6. Integrate knowledge of data base structure to evaluate health information systems and promote effective quality control practices.
  7. Provide leadership and promote the importance of effective communication and keeping up-to-date with technology and advances within the profession of EMR.

Associate in Science Degree

  • HS 102 Introduction to Allied Health
  • MGM 112 Introduction to Office Software
  • IT 111 Introduction to Information Technology
  • BIO 100 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • CMA 121 Medical Language II
  • HIM 120 HIPAA and Patient Confidentiality
  • HIM 122 Introduction to Electronic Health Records
  • CMA 131 Medical Language III
  • CMA 220 The Electronic Medical Record
  • MGM 143 Business Communication
  • BIO 120 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • CMA 228 Comprehensive Medical Office Practice I
  • CMA 229 Comprehensive Medical Office Practice II
  • MGM 131 Introduction to Business Analysis and Reporting 
  • CMA 126 Clinical Documents and Communications
  • IT 265 Introduction to Information Security
  • MGM 231 Databases & Data Analysis
  • HIM 250 Comprehensive Health Information Management I
  • MGM 105 Effective Teams and Projects
  • HIM 260 Comprehensive Health Information Management II
  • HIM 262 Internship