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Electronic Health Records program curriculum

Our Electronic Health Records program curriculum covers content structure, management, analysis, and processing of patient records, while reinforcing the importance of quality, patient privacy, and legal compliance. Your online training includes hands-on lessons using professional cloud-based EHR software applications. By the time you hit the job market, you will have valuable first-hand experience using the tools of your trade.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

Medical Terminology  

Introduction to basic medical terminology and word formation; identification of the four major word parts of medical terms; building, defining, and analyzing medical terms.

Body Systems 1  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Body Systems 2  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the urinary and reproductive systems, the specialties of gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology, and the anatomy of the eyes and ears; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Disease Processes and Surgical Procedures  

An overview of the terminology related to major chronic and infectious diseases as well as surgical treatments for those diseases.

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Program Description

In the Electronic Health Records Management program, students learn the basics of health information management from a technological perspective. Topics include the content, structure, management, analysis, and processing of health information, as well as issues surrounding quality, confidentiality, and compliance. Special emphasis is placed on electronic information processing. Students receive hands-on training with two cloud-based EMR systems. Graduates are prepared for the Electronic Health Records Specialist Certification exam from the National Healthcareer Association, with the potential to earn the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS™) credential.

Program Objectives

After completing the Electronic Health Records Management program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the career opportunities available to trained medical records clerks, explain the typical job functions and ethical responsibilities related to this work, and contrast the role against that of accredited record technicians and registered records administrators
  2. Identify and define commonly used medical terms and explain how to use word elements to interpret unfamiliar medical terminology
  3. Identify the different components of the medical record, describe the standards for maintaining medical records and loose documents, and explain JCAHO requirements for medical records documentation
  4. Describe the major medical insurance programs and explain how to complete an insurance claim form using the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual to code for procedures and services and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM) manual to code for diagnoses
  5. Describe the typical electronic health record (EHR) system, summarize the categories of data maintained on this type of system, and outline standard processes involved with entering, storing, manipulating, and retrieving patient information
  6. Summarize the portions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule dealing with protected health information (PHI), confidentiality, and disclosure, and describe the circumstances under which information may be released without patient consent
  7. Navigate cloud-based EMR software systems and use them to enter new patient information, encounter notes, physician information, insurance claims, and charting information

The tools to grow your career

The Electronic Health Records program curriculum at Ashworth College is designed to develop your skills for a high-demand field. Our exclusive Career Tools are here to support you while you are a student and after you become a graduate.

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