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Health Information Specialist Certificate

Specialize in health care information

Health information is the data related to a patient’s medical history, symptoms, diagnoses, procedures, and outcomes. With Dakota State’s program, you’ll qualify for entry-level health care positions and correlate the data between patient records and patient outcomes.

Our online classes give you optimal experience with electronic health record software. Know how to perform your job before getting into the field. Once there, you’ll register and initiate patient accounts within electronic health records while also inputting patient admission information into electronic registration systems.

Contribute to patient success

Health information specialists contribute greatly to patient success. They register patients, scan and index documents, and release health care information according to policies and regulations, all while protecting patient privacy. 

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Certificate in Health Information Specialist, students will:

  • Be able to perform entry-level tasks in the health information field
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the health information management profession and roles
  • Be able to interpret basic medical terminology used in health care settings
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects of health information management
  • Be able to complete release of information requests for paper and/or electronic health information
  • Be able to understand HIPAA rules and regulations
  • Be able to recognize components of the electronic health record and understand their purpose and contents

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