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Field of Study: 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:

  • Medical terminology
  • Medical transcription
  • Data entry
  • Data security
  • Medical coding

Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in health records administration. 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 administration. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.