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Health Information Technology: Electronic Health Records (EHR) Specialist


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Program Description


This course series prepares students to sit for the certification exam for Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) and become an EHR Specialist. EHR Specialists assist in the implementation of Electronic Health Records in various healthcare settings, and in achievement of “Meaningful Use” per federal guidelines. They are looked upon to analyze, improve, and implement technology and workflow solutions to improve patient care. They also support the growing use of technology throughout all aspects of healthcare.

Skills for Success:

Candidates must be self-motivated, independent learners, as the program is a mixture of online and hybrid (both online and classroom) courses. They need strong writing and analytical skills. In the workplace, they will need strong analytical, communication and management skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and in teams.

 

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will receive a CCBC Continuing Education Certificate for Electronic Health Record (EHR) Specialist. Students will be prepared to sit for the certification exam for Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS).

 

Certifying Organization: American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) http://www.ahima.org/. Exam Cost: $299 (not included in the program)

 

Career Opportunities:

Depending on prior educational and work experience, there are a range of job opportunities as Systems Analysts, Workflow Specialists, Software Specialists, Implementation Support Specialists or Nursing Informaticians.

Length of Training


10 months.  Courses start in September at CCBC Essex and in March at CCBC Randallstown.

Program Requirements


Degree or certification in healthcare field or 5 years related work experience.  Prior completion of AHE 534 Medical Terminology for Health Occupations or AHL 717 Challenge Exam for Medical Terminology.  Students must be computer literate and have computer access.

Application Process:


Provisional Entry – Documentation of healthcare background: degree or certification in the healthcare field or 5 years related work experience.  Documentation of completed medical terminology course AHE 534 or AHL 717.

Program Course Sequence


1. Foundations of Health Information Technology (online course): AHL 867

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • “Electronic Health Records, A Practical Guide for Professionals & Organizations, 5th ed.”; $80;

    • “Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach, 4th ed.”; $120

2. Introduction to IT & Computer Science: AHL 823

  • Textbook/Materials: None

3. Working in Teams (online course): AHL 819

  • Textbook/Materials: None

4. Health Management Information Systems: AHL 821

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • “Electronic Health Records, A Practical Guide for Professionals & Organizations, 5th ed.”; $80;

    • “Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach, 4th ed.”; $120

5. Quality Management (online course): AHL 825

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Dental Radiography Principles and Techniques; published by Elsevier; 4th edition; 978143771162; $85.00

6. Vendor Specific Systems (online course): AHL 828

  • Textbook/Materials: None

7. EHR Process, Design & Implementation: AHL 820

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • “Electronic Health Records, A Practical Guide for Professionals & Organizations, 5th ed.”; $80;

    • “Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach, 4th ed.”; $120

8. Public Health IT (online course): AHL 827

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $2182 (Tuition-$872/Fees-$1310)
  • Textbook/Materials: $200

Financial Aid and Payment Options


  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Contact Information


Director: Lynette Higgins, lhiggins@ccbcmd.edu   443-840-5716      Owings Mills, Suite 302

Administrative Assistant: Nancy Pittinger, npittinger@ccbcmd.edu  443-840-4483      Owings Mills, Suite 302

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