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Brighton College is ready to help you proudly embark on a brand new career as a medical records technician. With our high quality, in-depth coursework, you’ll learn everything you need to be prepared for your electronic medical records certification exam through AHIMA or another recognized certifying body.

With electronic medical records training from Brighton, you’ll be on your way to joining a fast-paced, and in-demand field, with great job opportunities awaiting qualified graduates.

Program Overview

What is a Medical Records Technician?

Each time a patient receives a health care service, a record is maintained of the intervention & treatment outcome. A medical records technician organizes all of this documentation for future use. Many medical practices see a large amount of patients. This creates a vast amount of documentation that someone familiar with various filing techniques must maintain. A medical records technician is well acquainted with many aspects of a medical practice, especially medical records.

Medical practices follow laws and guidelines for proper documentation, maintenance and usage of medical records. A medical records Technician is responsible for knowing these laws and guidelines and assisting others, such as physicians, in observing them.

What will the Medical Records Technician program teach me?

Through Brighton’s Electronic Medical Records training, you will learn the necessary skills to become a successful medical records technician. In our medical records training program, you will learn more about: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical records, business English, office procedures, medical billing, and basic medical coding. These courses could effectively prepare you for new medical records career opportunities, and you’ll be prepared to sit for the various medical records certification exams offered by certifying bodies.

Do I need prior medical experience to enroll in the Medical Records Technician program?

Previous medical experience is not needed. Brighton’s electronic medical records training starts with the basics and guides you step-by-step through easy-to-understand training methods. Students with little or no medical experience learn quickly and easily. The Medical Records Technician program is detailed and comprehensive so that you acquire the needed skills to become a successful Medical Records Technician. If you do have previous experience, you will be able to use your current knowledge to complete your medical records training faster.

How long does the Medical Records Technician program take to complete?

The length of the Medical Records program depends on you! If you work an average 10-15 hours per week you will graduate in approximately 6-9 months. However, our Medical Records career training is completely self-paced so you are able to progress as fast as you would like.

Ready to get started on the road towards a new, in-demand career that will help you enjoy a brighter financial future? Call 800.354.1254 or fill out the form on the side of this page to learn more about how you can train to become a Medical Records Technician.

Course Outline

A Career in Medical Records!

Each time a patient receives a health care service, a record is maintained of the intervention and treatment outcome. A Medical Records Specialist organizes all of this documentation for future use.

Many medical practices see a large amount of patients. This creates a vast number of documentationthat someone familiar with various filing techniques must maintain. A medical records specialist is well acquainted with many aspects of a medical practice, especially medical records.

What courses are in the Medical Records Specialist program?

The following courses are included in the online Medical Records program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning. The Medical Records Specialist program has a total of 31 credit hours.

 

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MED 101 Introduction to Health Care 1 Credit Hour
This course provides an overview of the evolution of medicine, the role of allied health professionals and the different medical specialties..
BUS 100 Skills for Success 3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to strengthen students study skills and learn effective strategies to increase performance and success in college. Students learn how to use their learning styles to tailor their approach to learning, process information more efficiently, manage time effectively, set goals, increase concentration, increase motivation, reduce stress and procrastination, read college textbooks more effectively, take notes, prepare for tests, and perform well on different kinds of test.
KYB 101 Keyboarding 1 Credit Hour
This course provides students with correct keyboarding techniques and typing procedures. Students work toward increasing typing speed and accuracy.
MED 102 Essentials of Medical Terminology 4 Credit Hours
This course is an exploration of the systems of the human body including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems, as well as reproductive, integumentary, blood/lymph, endocrine and nervous systems and how they relate to each other. In addition, some of the most common diseases and disorders affecting these systems and the treatments for them are discussed.
ENG 101 Business English 3 Credit Hours
This course provides a comprehensive study covering grammar, editing, writing and usage skills vital to successful written business communication. This course is designed to assist students with the mechanics of writing and to improve their ability to write clearly using the fundamentals of English and the finer points of style.
MED 103 Anatomy and Physiology 4 Credit Hours
This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body systems. Students will acquire core knowledge in the components of each system, and how systems relate to each other. Special emphasis is on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive (male and female) systems.
MED 104 Medical Office Procedures 4 Credit Hours
This course provides the required background for the responsibilities of the administrative medical assistant. It prepares students for the ever-increasing use of technology in the medical office, with an emphasis on the importance on the computerization of routine tasks and of communications. Students learn to perform the duties of the administrative medical assistant under realistic conditions and with realistic pressures that require them to organize the work and set priorities.
MRS 101 Medical Records 3 Credit Hours
This course is an orientation to medical record forms and content, medical record formats, numbering and filing systems, storage and retrieval systems, as well as legal requirements for maintaining medical records.
MCB 102 Medical Coding I 3 Credit Hours
Medical Coding I and Medical Coding II are companion courses. Students study the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) (or International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM, and International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System ICD-10-PCS) classification system. Topics include coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-9-CM (or ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding manual and a computerized encoder is incorporated; inpatient, outpatient, and physician office reimbursement systems is discussed.
MCB 103 Medical Coding 2 3 Credit Hours
A continuation of Coding I, students study the purpose and use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) (or International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Clinical Modification, ICD-10-CM, and International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision, Procedure Classification System ICD-10-PCS) classification system. Topics include coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient). Students will be required to assign ICD-9-CM (or ICD-10-CM/PCS) coding manual and a computerized encoder is incorporated; inpatient, outpatient, and physician office reimbursement systems is discussed.Prerequisite: MCB 102
BUS 102 Career Exploration 3 Credit Hours
As students complete their program of study and prepare to search for a position in their new career this course gives an introduction to the world of work covering labor market information, career planning, job search techniques, resume preparation, interviewing skills and questions, and correspondence.

Career Outlook

Employment Opportunities

You could find medical coding career opportunities in the following settings:

  • physician’s offices
  • clinics
  • hospitals
  • labs
  • insurance companies
  • other medical facilities

Medical Coding Career Outlook*

If you’re thinking about working in medical coding, your job opportunities will be good! Employment for medical office secretaries is projected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014.

Earnings*

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical office secretaries had median hourly earnings of $11.85 in May 2004. The majority of medical office secretaries are hourly employees of a physicians’ office.

Start preparing for new medical coding career opportunities. Learn more about Brighton’s Medical Coding Classes online.

* Information based on the “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2005-06 Edition,” a publication of the U.S. Department of Labor. Individual student earnings vary based on experience and location.

Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans

The total price for the Brighton College Medical Records Specialist program is $5,120.

Total Tuition $4,960
Enrollment Fee $100
Technology Fee $60
Total Sales Price $5,120 
  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full and receive a $100 discount for a total program price of of $5,020.
  • Automatic Payment Plan: Pay a $100 enrollment fee and 16 interest free monthly payments of $313.75 for a total program price of $5,120. Payments will automatically be charged monthly to your credit card.
  • Guaranteed Financing: No credit check, low-interest rate. Call Brighton College at 1.800.231.3803.

Textbooks

Courses are taken one at a time. We recommend that you purchase books one course at a time as needed. Textbooks for the Medical Records Specialist diploma, on average, cost approximately $63 per course.

The estimated cost for books is based on new books purchased directly from the publisher. Students may purchase textbooks new or used and from the vendor of their choice. E-books may be available as well. Prices vary depending on the vendor. Please call the office for a list of recommended vendors.

Career Services

Brighton College is dedicated to assist you with your job search. You will have access to Brighton’s online career center while completing your career training. The career center is designed to help you find employment in your chosen field.

Personalized Resume Building

You can submit your resume through our online resume center. Our career placement coordinators will provide one-on-one consultations with you and personally review your resume.

Specialized Career Course

Before graduation you will take a course that focuses on career information and prepares you for your job search. Learn important skills such as networking, career management and building interpersonal relationships.

One-On-One Cover Letter Assistance

You will learn how to build and design effective cover letters and follow-up letters. In addition we will show specific examples.

Interview Preparation

You will learn interview techniques and tips on how to answer the most commonly asked questions.