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Health Information Specialist Certificate and Degree Program

Health Information Specialist Career Training in as Little as 9 Months*

Looking for a rewarding career in the healthcare field? Asher College’s Health Information Specialist program gets you trained and on your path to a rewarding career through hands-on training and the support of dedicated instructors.

Our Health Information Specialist program is tailored to those students who require a flexible schedule to meet their education goals. You’ll be able to take classes during the day, evening, and even on the weekends.

  • Jun 5thHealth Information Specialist Asher College (Dallas) 9330 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway Suite 650 Dallas TX US 75243 As a qualified Health Information Specialist, your job will be to collect, analyze, and provide Doctors and Nurses with the key health information they use to deliver the proper care. College
  • Jun 5thHealth Information Specialist Asher College (Las Vegas) W. Charleston Blvd Las Vegas NV USA 89146 As a qualified Health Information Specialist, your job will be to collect, analyze, and provide Doctors and Nurses with the key health information they use to deliver the proper care. College
  • Jun 5thHealth Information Specialist Asher College (Sacramento) 1215 Howe Ave Suite 101 Sacramento CA US 95825 As a qualified Health Information Specialist, your job will be to collect, analyze, and provide Doctors and Nurses with the key health information they use to deliver the proper care. College
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Becoming a Health Information Specialist 

As a Health Information Specialist, you’ll contribute to the delivery of healthcare by collecting, maintaining, and analyzing health information. The information that you provide is required by nurses, doctors, and other health providers to treat patients properly.

Our Health Information Specialist program prepares you for responsibilities in this field by training you in important skills ranging from medical front office, to advanced billing and basic coding.

As a Health Information Specialist student, you’ll benefit from lectures and instruction in the classroom alongside hands-on practice with coding.

Learn more about your future career in healthcare today and see just how far you can go with Asher College.

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Health Information Specialist

$42,630 median annual salary***

  • 8% Job Growth Over Next 10 Years
  • Graduates hired by hospitals, physicians’ offices, & insurance agencies
  • 3 Certification Tracks (Including CMAA & CEHRS)
  • Advance into Health Information Management, Clinical Data Analysis, Healthcare Security and much more!

*** visited on December 1, 2020. Salary source for medical records and health information technicians with lowest 10% earning $27,820 to the highest 10% of workers earning $71,150.

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Health Information Specialist Program Details

The Health Information Specialist program gives you the comprehensive set of skills necessary to become employable as a Health Information Specialist working for…

  • The office of a doctor, dentist or chiropractor
  • Insurance companies, or
  • Facilities such as a clinic, hospital, or skilled nursing center

You’ll also have the career knowledge to:

  • Adhere to HIPAA, Federal and State regulations concerning confidentiality in the medical field
  • Utilize software applications to manage all aspects of computerized patient record keeping, including proper application of medical diagnosis, procedures, and billing information
  • Record and manage insurance billing and reimbursement activities, as well as knowledge of some medical coding

In addition, the student will develop the keyboarding skills and technical skills needed to be an efficient worker in today’s computerized workplace. You’ll also work on developing the soft skills that employers look for and cound on in the workplace.

When you’re close to completing the program, you’ll review the following three certification options with your instructor and schedule your exam.

  • CMAA Certified Medical Administration Assistant / National Healthcareer Association
  • CEHRS Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist / National Healthcareer Association
  • CBCS Certified Billing & Coding Specialist / National Healthcareer Association
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Associate Degree Option Available

Want to take your education to the next level? Take these six additional classes (4 weeks each) and earn your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Information:

  • Critical Thinking or Introduction to Psychology
  • Business Communication
  • Business Math
  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management or Leadership
  • American Government
  • Nevada Constitution (Nevada students only)

By completing an Associate Degree, you’ll demonstrate to employers that you’re ready for supervisory or management responsibilities based on the additional investment that you’ve made in your education. We’re also willing to accept transfer credits from other institutions on a case-by-case basis.

Career Opportunities

Possible career paths in this field include working as a/an:

  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Records Coordinator
  • Medical Records Analyst
  • Verification Specialist
  • Information Analyst
  • Medical Records Abstractor
  • Data Support Analyst

Industry Relations

We bring in plenty of guest speakers to give you insight into the industry that you intend to break into. Get inside tips from industry employers, alumni, and people who work in the field on how to create opportunity for yourself.

Here’s what you will learn in the Health Information Specialist program:

Digital Literacy

DL101 Digital Literacy

Students will be able to log on and off a computer, use a mouse and create and use passwords.  Student will know how to use the file hierarchy, libraries and to locate files on a computer.  They will know how to use the Drive lettering system and can delete and restore files. Students will be able to use the internet for searches and navigate web pages.

Prerequisite(s): NA

MS Essentials

MOE100 MS Essentials

Students will be able to perform essential functions in Word, Excel & Outlook. They will learn to navigate the software and create documents, workbooks, and emails while using Microsoft’s tools and short-cuts. Students identify features to open, navigate, edit and print documents in Word, format data in a spreadsheet and create formulas in Excel, and manage messages, tasks, and appointments in Outlook, resulting in the entry-level skills necessary to use these programs in the work environment.

Prerequisite(s): NA

Typing Fundamentals

TF100 Typing Fundamentals

Students will learn to type a minimum of 35 words per minute. They will learn keystroke fundamentals, keyboard by touch, and proper 10-key form.

Prerequisite(s): NA

Office Administration

PBS111 Office Administration

Students will be able to commentate effectively, handle incoming phone calls, creating emails using proper email etiquette and guidelines and public speaking. Students will learn how to utilize various pieces of office equipment which will allow them to properly distribute documents, file, handle paper and electronic records, and process incoming and outgoing mail with confidentiality.

Prerequisite(s): MSW101 MS Word or MOE100 Microsoft Office Essentials

Medical Law and Ethics

HS204 Medical Law and Ethics

Students will be able to identify the fundamentals of HIPAA Privacy training, differences between Privacy and Security, as well as the concepts of administrative simplification. Students will be able to use HIPAA training as it impacts the health care workforce and those in their care.  Students will be able to identify how HIPAA impacts the insurance industry and its workforce.

Prerequisite(s): NA

Medical Terminology

HS201 Medical Terminology

Students will be able to proficiently use medical terms, medical abbreviations and acronyms and the relationship of medical Terminology to Anatomy and Physiology.  Students will be able to use the proper spelling of medical systems and medical terminology as it relates to other health care specialties.

Prerequisite(s): HS204 Medical Law and Ethics

Human Anatomy & Physiology

HS202 Human Anatomy & Physiology

Students will know the twelve main sections of the human anatomy including structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs. Students will understand physiological concepts and processes of the human body’s systems and the medical terminology necessary to perform proper diagnostic and procedure coding.

Prerequisite(s): HS201 Medical Terminology

Electronic Health Records

HS401 Electronic Health Records

Students will be able to use key medical terminology and medical information regarding the medical field, administrative responsibilities, financial responsibilities and medical records and documentation.

Prerequisite(s): HS202 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Health Information Billing and Coding

HS208 Heath Information Billing and Coding

Students will be able to process health insurance documentation, claims submission, code insurance claims, and process reimbursements.  Students will be able to use ICD-9 and CPT codes and HIPAA Federal and state regulations for hospital billing.

Prerequisite(s): HS201 Medical Terminology

Heath Information Technology

HIT101 Health Information Technology

Students will be able to document the clinical flow of acute care records, create uniform bill, retrieve, aggregate, analyze and report on information collected based on requirements provided in common health care scenarios.  They will be able to manage health records using a variety of file identification methodologies and chart locator systems – both physical and electronic.

Prerequisite(s): HS208 Health Information Billing and Coding

Career Success

CS101 Career Success

Students will be able to maximize their potential by being mindful of how self-talk impacts their habits, attitude, beliefs and expectations. Students also learn strategies to eliminate procrastination and achieve goals. Each student will complete a DISC profile to better understand their preferred communication style, how it relates to their own personal and professional development and how their DiSC style relates to others.

Prerequisite(s): NA

Advanced Career Development

CD201 Advanced Career Development

Students will be able to search for a job within their field of study, conduct themselves professionally in a job interview and provide a resume tailored to each job position applied for. This course is designed for three particular points of views; those looking to change careers, those looking to advance their career and those who are entrepreneurs and want to start their own business. Career Services will put your career goals first, it is time you did as well.

Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed 80% of their program.

Additional Courses Needed for Degree:

Critical Thinking or Introduction to Psychology
Business Communication
Business Math
Introduction to Business
Principles of Management or Leadership
American Government
Nevada Constitution (Nevada students only)

Asher College's career-focused programs can help you transform your career goals into reality
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Market-Driven Education

We have an advisory board that helps shape our curriculum. This allows us to alter the curriculum based on recommendations from employers who hire our graduates.

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Classes Start Every 2-4 Weeks

Don’t wait around to enroll — our courses begin every 2-4 weeks so you can start your program as soon as you’re ready. Begin your path to a new career quickly with Asher College.

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Personalized Attention

We’re a small college, which makes Asher feel like an extended family. Each instructor and faculty member will get to know you by name and help you along the way.

I visited five different schools before I chose Asher because I figured Asher was the perfect fit. My favorite class at Asher would have to be Career Success . . . If you have the chance to go to Asher, do it!
Daylene Perry, Medical Records Specialist

Build Career Success Skills

Your time at Asher won’t just be devoted to learning the technical skills of your chosen profession — we also prepare you for the job search with interview tactics, communication skills, resume preparation, and cover letter writing.

An Asher College instructor will work with you one-on-one to develop these skills so that you’ll feel confident about pursuing your career once you graduate.

Financial Aid: Funding Your Career Training

We offer Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Veteran training benefits. Our Financial Aid administrators and School Certifying Officials will work with you to find the best financial solution to fit your needs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more, visit our Financial Aid page.

Veterans Education Benefits: Asher College is rated as a 10 Military Friendly® school. For over 15 years, Viqtory Media’s ranking of Military Friendly® schools has helped veterans take their education into their own hands when choosing which schools afford them the best opportunities. Military Benefits Accepted at Asher College include Chapter 31, 33, and 35. To learn more, visit our Veterans Education benefits page.

Is a Rewarding Career as a Health Information Specialist Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Health Information and exploring whether this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

A helpful Asher College Admissions Representative would be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from scheduling to financial aid.

For immediate questions, call 1-888-211-8829.

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