The logistics of going back to school can be complex, and the Health Information Specialist (HIS) Program can seem daunting. However, CCI Training Center works to make sure the logistics are reasonable and built to accommodate working adults and those with other responsibilities.
Students complete their coursework online. At the same time, students are encouraged to stay in regular contact with the instructor and classmates in a collaborative online fashion. Students may also choose to contact their instructor by telephone or by visiting the campus. This ensures all students can learn, gain hands-on experience and work on projects all together without sacrificing their other responsibilities.
Toward the end of the program, students begin an externship. This is an opportunity for students to put their skills to the test in the real-world, work environment. Students will work next to trained, experienced health care professionals, entering information gathered from physicians into medical records, organizing clinical databases and tracking patient outcomes aftercare for quality assurance.
This level of in-person, hands-on training helps to prepare students for a successful transition from school into the work environment.Apply or Request More Information
Students that complete the courses within the Health Information Specialist Program gain the skills necessary to enter the health care field as a Health Information Technician, Medical Coding or even Certified Professional Coder. Students complete a variety of courses that focus on organizing health information data, medical terminology, billing and coding software, and more.
Courses students take within the HIS program include Computer Fundamentals and Office Communications, providing a real-world understanding of how to use computers in the clinical setting and communicate with other office staff. Students also complete courses specific to providing health care, including Allied Health Math, Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology.
Students then go on to complete courses specific to HIS, including Medical Coding, Electronic Medical Records, Medical Law, Insurance Billing, and CPR. Of course, all students also take part in an externship or a practicum in their local community to gain real-world experience in the field.
The externship is essential to helping students understand how the skills learned in the classroom and online instruction will affect job duties and responsibilities. Students learn how to communicate and work together in health care facilities, and they have an opportunity to get hands-on experience in entering real patient health information, submitting coded procedures to laboratories and insurers and much more.
The courses at CCI Training Center are designed to give students the greatest opportunity to advance and succeed upon graduation. Even after graduation, students may return to CCI for assistance with future job placement.Apply or Request More Information
Health Information Specialists fulfill integral roles in the health care field. They may work in positions that require direct contact with patients, but these positions will likely be limited to administrative purposes, such as obtaining health histories or completing medical billing paperwork. Most positions employing Health Information Specialists will focus on administrative and clerical activities. In addition, students in the Health Information Specialist (HIS) Program will be fully prepared to sit for some of the top certifications in the industry, including. Further preparations for industry certifications may require additional self-study.:
These certifications open the door to countless opportunities for work after completing the HIS Program. However, they are not necessarily required to work in care facilities. It is up to each clinic and employer to determine which certifications are required for employment. Many entry-level positions in a medical office may not require industry certifications. Moreover, some facilities may even offer to pay a premium for Health Information Technicians that maintain all three certifications in tandem. Depending on the employer, already certified Medical Records and Health Information Technicians may expect Signiant salary increase, based on experience.
Some of the top positions available to students with any of these certifications include:
Those that complete the Health Information Specialist program have vast career opportunities. The types of facilities and workplaces where they may gain employment is nearly limitless. They may work in any facility that engages in providing health care or servicing the health care industry, such as in a retail capacity or even a health insurance company. As a result, workplaces may range from school health clinics to hospitals and beyond.
Some of the top workplaces students that graduate from the HIS Program may consider include:
There are other entry-level employment opportunities for graduates of the HIS Program. Remembering the administrative side of the program and its applicability in digital health care, upon graduation students may work in these additional facilities:
CCI Training Center works tirelessly to create career programs designed for working adults with other responsibilities. The traditional university was designed for young adults and adolescents with little to no outside responsibilities, but CCI Training Center is working to change that stereotype.
Instructors at CCI Training Center are real-world health care professionals, and in the Health Information Specialist (HIS) Program, they may have held the certifications students may sit for after completing the program. They may be Certified Electronic Health Records Specialists, Certified Medical Administrative Assistants or Certified Billing and Coding Specialists. Depending on the class, they may hold additional certifications, licenses or degrees in the field of health care. For instance, they may have Nursing, Medical Assisting or Laboratory backgrounds and work experience.
Other reasons students interested in digital health care choose CCI Training Center goes back a few simple facts. Students may apply for local and federal financial aid, and those that qualify may be able to access grants, loans, and even scholarships to help pay for school. The flexible online program under the direct supervision of an instructor in small classes is what sets CCI different. This allows the adult student to go back to school and keep their other family and work obligations. Year-round courses mean students can start the program in any month, not a set spring or fall semester.
The HIS Program is a practical option for students interested in the administrative side of health care. After graduation, they enter the field and make a difference in their career.
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