Electronic Health Record Specialist Certificate

Prepare for the transition from paper to electronic health records: earn a certificate as an Electronic Health Record Specialist

Electronic Health record Specialist

Program Overview

As area doctors' offices and hospitals increasingly move from paper to electronic records, there is a need for electronic health record specialists. Electronic health record specialists work with electronic patient data, including document management, policies and procedures, and privacy and security. If you are detail oriented and have strong computer and interpersonal skills, the Electronic Health Record Specialist Certificate may be for you.

In the iHealth@NECC Electronic Health Record Specialist Program, you will learn medical record content and format; standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and storage of health information; compliance with privacy and security guidelines.

All sectors of the medical industry, including doctors' offices, outpatient centers, hospitals, nursing care facilities and home health care services, will benefit from the expertise of an individual with a background in electronic health records.

Students who attend the Electronic Health Record Specialist Program through iHealth@NECC will complete most of their course work online and come to the iHealth@NECC facility at our Lawrence Campus once or twice a week for in-class meetings and laboratory sessions.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be prepared to be an entry-level electronic health records specialist, and can work in a variety of health care settings such as; hospitals, physicians offices, nursing care facilities, home health care services and other health care facilities. Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Requirements

Program science courses must be completed within (5) years prior to the anticipated start date of the program to count toward completing the certificate.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses. 25 credits are required for graduation.


Students interested in participating in this program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check, and a Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit www.necc.mass.edu/cori-sori.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

Student Professional Liability Insurance

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.


Students are required to complete a health evaluation, and complete specific immunization requirements required by the college and the Division of the Health Professions.

Drug Screening

Students enrolled in this academic program may be required to pass a random drug screening analysis.

Required Courses
Course # Course Name Credits Comments
BIO101 Human Biology 3  
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
HES115 Medical Terminology 3  
HES201 Healthcare Law & Ethics 3 Prerequisite
MRT100 Intro to Health Information Practice & Procedure 3 Prerequisite
MRT103 Coding & Classification for Billing 3 Prerequisite
MRT104 Medical Billing Administration 3 Prerequisite
MRT291 Electronic Health Record Externship 1 Prerequisite
CIS 113
Computer Elective 3/4 Choose one:
CIS110, CIS112, or CIS 113

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