Medical records technicians usually have an associate degree. Many employers favor technicians who have a Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT) credential.
The American Health Information Management Association offers credentialing as a Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). To obtain the RHIT credential, an individual must graduate from a 2-year associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education and pass an AHIMA-administered written examination. There are more than 200 CAHIIM-accredited health information technology colleges and universities programs.
Typical coursework in health information technology includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, clinical classification and coding systems, data analysis, health care reimbursement methods, database security and management, and quality improvement methods. Applicants can improve their chances of admission into a postsecondary program by taking biology, math, chemistry, health, and computer science courses in high school.
A number of organizations offer credentials typically based on passing a credentialing exam. Most credentialing programs require regular recertification and continuing education to maintain the credential. Many coding credentials require an amount of time in coding experience in the work setting.
The American Academy of Professional Coders offers coding credentials. The Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Professional Association of Health care Coding Specialists both offer credentialing in specialty coding. The National Cancer Registrars Association offers a credential as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).