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Electronic Health Record Specialist Program

A career as an Electronic Health Record Specialist could be closer than you think.

Finish your medical records education in just 20 weeks! Programs are offered during the day or in the evening.

Program Summary

Receive top-notch medical records education with our Electronic Health Record Specialist program. We go above and beyond a typical health record course and will prepare you to choose, implement, train and maintain electronic health record systems and sit for a national certification exam. You will gain 216 hours of online instruction with weekly instructor led webinars to meet and learn with your classmates. Health Information Technology is one of the hottest careers in healthcare today! By 2014 all medical facilities will be using electronic health records. You can be the bridge that helps to make that transition! Start a new career in a growing medical profession today!

Program Details
  • Financial Assistance

    Financial Assistance

    Payment Plans & Scholarships are widely available.

  • Schedule / Duration

    Schedule / Duration

    Finish in 18-20 weeks with day or evening schedules available

  • Externship

    Growth Rate

    Join a growing medical profession

  • Occupational Outlook

    Occupational Outlook

    Make up to $36K per year as an Electronic Health Record Specialist

  • Locations


    This program is offered online with weekly instructor led sessions

  • Information Sessions

    Information Sessions

    Attend a helpful information session about this program

Financial Assistance

Fees: Fees vary by partner. Check Class Schedules to find a program near you.

Financing: Financial Assistance is offered to many people that apply. Our options may include:

  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • 5 month Payment Plans
  • Debit/Credit Card Enrollment

Schedule / Duration

In just 20 weeks, you will gain 216 hours of online instruction with weekly instructor-led webinars to meet and learn with your classmates. Complete our online program anywhere, anytime!

Click here to find a program that fits your schedule.

Growth Rate

With an 11 percent growth rate in 2009, Health information technology (HIT) is outpacing all other segments of the health care market, according to Scientia Advisors of Cambridge, MA.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requires hospitals and physicians to switch to electronic medical records by 2014. Be on the cutting edge of a growing health care profession. Start by enrolling in our online program today.

Occupational Outlook

What Electronic Health Record Specialists Do:
Medical record and health information technicians organize and manage health information data. They do this by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper electronic systems. They use several classification systems to code and categorize patient information for multiple purposes.


  • Review patient records for timeliness, completeness, accuracy and appropriateness of health data
  • Organize and maintain data for clinical databases and registries
  • Track patient outcomes for quality assessment
  • Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and data analysis
  • Electronically record data for collection, storage, analysis, retrieval and reporting
  • Protect patients’ health information for confidentiality, authorized access for treatment, and data security

Electronic health record specialists work with physicians regularly to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

It is also possible to specialize in many aspects of health information. One specialization is working as medical coders, sometimes called coding specialists, or cancer registrars.

Work Environment:
Electronic health record specialists held about 179,500 jobs in 2010. A majority of electronic health record specialists worked in hospitals or physicians’ offices. Some worked for the government. Technicians typically work at desks, or they work in offices and may spend many hours in front of computer monitors.

Work Schedules:
A majority of electronic health record specialists work full time. In healthcare facilities that are open 24 hours a day, technicians may work evening or overnight shifts.

How to Become an Electronic Health Record Specialist:
Electronic record specialists must have a postsecondary certificate even though they may have an associate’s degree. Many employers also require professional certification.

Most employers are more likely to employ electronic health record specialists who have a professional certification. Certification can be attained from several organizations. Some organizations base certification on passing an exam. Others require graduation from an accredited program. Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses. Certifications include Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), and NHA's Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS), among others. Boston Reed's electronic medical record training is designed to prepare students to take the certification exams

Earn up to $36,000 per year as an Electronic Health Record Specialist according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average hourly wage is $17+ per hour. This varies by employer, location and experience.

Job Outlook:
This occupation is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020. The demand for health services is also expected to increase as the population ages.


Boston Reed is proud to offer this program online, and EHRST programs are scheduled to start each month. Find a program that fits your schedule and take advantage of our flexible schedules.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are a great way to find out more about allied health careers, and the programs offered to get them started. See if there are any in your area. Sign up today!

How to register

1. Click here and then enter your zip code

2. Select "Information Session" from the drop down list. and press go.

3. Find the location that you would like to attend and call or register online.

Note: Not all information sessions allow you to register online. Please call us at 800-201-1141 if you have any questions.