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Health Information Specialist

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This certificate is designed for students looking for employment in the growing field of health information. Health information specialists assemble, review and complete patient records for a hospital or health clinic.

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Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Health Information Specialist certificate will be able to:


  • understand the role, standards, and clinical practice guidelines of agencies such as Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service (CMS) as they relate to the patient record and describe the financial consequences of not meeting the standards;
  • examine laws and ethics related to maintenance of data accuracy, security, patient privacy, confidentiality, and proper release of health information within manual and computerized information systems and considering government regulations;
  • employ knowledge of medical terminology and human body systems to identify and properly code diagnoses, procedures, and services;
  • demonstrate proficiency in writing, technological literacy, and interpersonal communication;
  • complete the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) examination for Certified Professional Coders (CPC) with a passing score; and
  • explore pathways for educational and career development in the student’s field of study.



Total credits: 30

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