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Medical Records Technicians

One Career with a Healthy Outlook

There's a growing job sector in the health care industry with a long and prosperous future ahead. Medical records technicians, also known as health information technicians, offer a career opportunity for those who wish to work in the health care industry, but not in patient care.

Medical records/health information technicians work in hospitals, physician offices, health maintenance organizations, community health centers and other health care organizations.

Job duties vary depending on the size and structure of the employer company, but generally, duties include compiling, processing, and maintaining medical records in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. The outlook for medical records/health information technician careers is excellent.

Medical records and health information technicians earn good wages, averaging more than $40,000 a year.


The number of Medical Records Technicians is expected to increase by 30.7% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations (23.8 percent).

The number of Medical Records Technicians is expected to increase by 30.7% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations (23.8 percent).


Job Opportunities Available in Many Private and Public Industries

Job opportunities are available in many private and public industries


How do you become a Medical Records Technician?

Most employers prefer to hire registered health information technicians (RHIT). A written examination is
offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for graduates of a two-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and
Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Additional information about obtaining medical records and health information technician credentials is
available from the AHIMA.  A list of programs accredited by CAHIIM.


Advancement Opportunities

Experienced medical records and health information technicians are able to advance their careers by
moving into supervisory positions or by specializing in Medicare coding or cancer registry. Advancement into a higher administrative position usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical records and health information administration. 


Start Early and Be Prepared

High school students should strive for a high GPA. This will provide them with an edge needed for
acceptance in and successful completion of a medical records/health information technician program.


Preparing for a Medical Records Technician Career*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Introduction to Health Science Technology and Medical Terminology or Keyboarding or Introduction to Business

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology I or Business Management

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Chemistry

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology II or Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems or Languages other than English III

Algebra II

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology III or Independent Study or Languages other than English IV

AP Statistics

Fine Arts

Scientific Research
and Design

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

Medical Records Technician Programs Accredited by CAHIIM

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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