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Health Records Administration


Health records administration programs prepare people to manage medical information.

Health records administration programs include topics such as:

This program prepares people to work in health clinics, hospitals, and health care organizations.


Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in health records administration. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree in health records administration. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in health records administration. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Some programs are intended for applicants who have an associate degree in health records technology.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree and good grades. You also need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Your bachelor's degree does not have to be in any particular major. However, you may find it helpful to major in either a health care related field or an information sciences field. You should also take courses in the following:

Additional requirements may include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Course work in graduate programs varies. However, the outline of a typical master's curriculum usually looks like the following:

The core courses are often a more thorough or more focused study of topics introduced in this undergraduate program. You also take courses in research methodology to assist you with your thesis.

Some programs offer practicum opportunities as part of their curriculum. This gives you hands-on experience applying your studies in this program to various health care settings.

You might work in a hospital, helping to compile data on patients with tumors for cancer research. Or you could work in a rehabilitation center, making sure patient files are up-to-date. Whatever the setting, you benefit from working under the guidance and direct supervision of an experienced health records administrator.

Things to Know

Graduating from an accredited program in health records administration qualifies you to take a national certification exam.


King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Everett Community College

North Seattle College

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College