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Medical Records Technician Training

Medical records technicians may be needed to record the vast amount of information collected for each patient's medical history. Technicians may keep these all patients' charts up-to-date within a practice or hospital by ensuring all forms are complete and properly identified, and that all necessary authentications have been added or updated for physicians and other healthcare professionals. In addition to organizing patients' physical charts, medical records technicians may also add this information to an electronic database.

Is a Career as a Medical Records Technician Right for Me?

Keeping detailed and accurate patient records is an important aspect in the healthcare industry. The task of a medical records technician may be to manage the database and conduct quality assurance measures to ensure the validity of these records, which may include:

  • Diagnoses
  • Treatment plans
  • Patient medical history
  • Test results
  • Descriptions of symptoms

Medical records technicians may be responsible for managing the patient's records from the beginning until the end of their treatment. They may need to ask patients to fill out appropriate forms and ensure that these are properly signed. In addition, they may need to communicate with physicians and other healthcare practitioners in a consistent basis to make sure that all information recorded is complete.

There are many diagnosis-related groups (DRG) which medical records technician may use to classify patients according to their diagnosis. By assigning specific codes to each diagnosis or medical procedures, the medical records technician is able to determine how much the clinic or the hospital should be reimbursed by companies using the DRG systems such as Medicare. Long-term healthcare and emergency services have their own coding system.

Computer systems allow technicians to retrieve large amounts of data to provide patient care, research, and information in the case of lawsuits. The responsibility of a medical records technician is largely dependent on the institution where they work. For example, small medical facilities hire experienced technicians to supervise the whole records department.


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            Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
            • Non-profit university accredited by WASC Senior Commission
            • Professors with real-world experience and student centered approach
            • Flexible, fully online degree programs responding to the market needs
            • All courses are offered six times a year with clear path to completion and reduced time-to-degree
            • No additional costs for textbooks or other fees
            • Personal support from application to graduation leading to high retention and graduation rates
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            Medical Office Specialist (10-Month Diploma Program)
            UEI College , San Marcos
            • Dedicated to providing career training since 1975.
            • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
            • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
            • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
            • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
            • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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            Medical Administrative Specialist
            Platt College , Ontario
            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
            • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
            • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
            • 3 campuses in Southern California.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            US Colleges , Riverside
            • Offers health care and business programs that prepare students to enter the working field in as little as 8-16 weeks.
            • Provides morning, afternoon, and evening classes for most courses.
            • Offers career placement assistance to help students with their resumes, job-searching techniques, interview practice, and more.
            • Engages students through hands-on learning in labs, internships, and externships.  
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            Administrative Medical Assistant
            • Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available.
            • Offers lifetime career assistance services to graduates, including resume and cover letter assistance, employer networking, and one-on-one employment counseling.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
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            Medical Billing and Coding
            • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
            • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
            • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
            • Gives students the chance to participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
            • Has accelerated programs that allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
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            Certificate - Medical Office Administrative Assistant

            You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online. We offer several Associates and Bachelors degrees in the business, health care, accounting and legal fields. Our accelerated programs are designed to help you complete your degree as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We help students get not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.

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            • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
            • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
            • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
            • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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            Brightwood College , Bakersfield

            About Brightwood College

            Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

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            North-West College , West Covina
            • Features the Success Education Program, with numerous scholarship opportunities to students who qualify.
            • Offers a paralegal program and several healthcare programs including pharmacy technology, medical assisting, massage therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography.
            • Provides an active Placement Assistance Program for all qualified gradutes.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 7 southern California campuses available in West Covina, Pomona, Pasadena, Glendale, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach.
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