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Health Records Technology


Health records technology programs prepare people to keep and protect patient records. Some programs are called medical records technology or health information technology.

Students learn how to set up records and enter data. They also learn to maintain privacy and quality in health records.

Health records technology programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in health records technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. A certificate qualifies students to work as an assistant or clerk in health records technology. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

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

See schools that offer this program.

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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.

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

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Some programs offer clinical practicum opportunities where you can apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of health records settings. You could help verify and organize health records in a hospital, a nursing home, a physician's clinic, or even an insurance company. Whatever the setting, you benefit from the guidance and direct supervision of an experienced health records technician or administrator.

Things to Know

When you graduate from an accredited program in health records technology, you can take a national certification exam.

You may have to get liability insurance before starting a clinical practicum.

If you want to pursue health records technology in greater depth, you can consider bachelor's or master's degree work in health records administration.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Walla Walla Community College

King-Snohomish Area

Green River College

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Statewide and Distance Learning

WGU Washington

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Puyallup

Tacoma Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College