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Medical Office and Health Information Technician Program in Slidell

The Medical Office and Health Information Technician classes at Delta College in Slidell are designed to train you to work in front and back office positions in the healthcare field.

Approximate completion time: Day—7.5 months

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About the Program

Completing this program can train you to perform many tasks in the healthcare field, including medical/dental insurance coding & billing, reception duties, medical filing & records, medical secretarial duties, and medical bookkeeping. Upon graduating, you will be prepared to gain national certification through testing in Medical Office Administration, and Medical Billing and Coding. Learning billing and coding is an incredibly valuable skill to medical offices and one of the main reasons medical office assistant classes are so needed.

Take the Next Step!

If you are interested in becoming a medical office assistant with billing and coding certifications by getting a diploma in Medical Office and Health Information Technology in Slidell, Delta College would love to help you. You can train for your new career in just seven and a half months!

Medical Office & Health Technician Occupation Information

See each topic below for more information about the potential of being a Medical Office and Health Information Technician.

  • Nature of the Work

    Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronics systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical treatment histories.

    Duties: All Technicians document patients’ health information, including the medical history, symptoms, examination and test results, treatments, and other information about healthcare provider services. Medical records and health information technicians’ duties vary with the size of the facility in which they work.

    Medical records and health information technicians typically do the following:

    • 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

    Although medical records and health information technicians do not provide direct patient care, they work regularly with physicians and other healthcare professionals. They meet with these workers to clarify diagnoses or to get additional information to make sure that records are complete and accurate.

    The increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs) will continue to change the job responsibilities of medical records and health information technicians. Technicians will need to be familiar with, or be able to learn, EHR computer software, follow EHR security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt EHR systems.

  • Job Outlook

    Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

    *Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the internet 9/15/2021

  • Earnings

    The median annual wage of medical records and health information technicians was $51,840 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,130, and the top 10 percent earned more than $105,690.

    *Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the internet 9/15/2021

Delta College in Slidell Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Externship
  • Quality Instructors
  • Affordable Tuition
  • 7 1/2 Month Day
  • Certifications available through National Healthcare Association
  • Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
  • Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • TOPS Eligible