Offered Online Only
This twelve-month (four-term) program prepares students to become medical language specialists. Healthcare documentation requires knowledge of medical terminology, healthcare standards, documentation requirements and organization of health records. The Healthcare Documentation Specialist translates, from oral to written form, information about patients dictated by healthcare professionals. This includes editing of provider documentation via speech recognition technology and the use of electronic health records.
After gaining experience, a qualified Healthcare Documentation Specialist may wish to become a Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) by passing the certification examination administered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).
To enroll, complete an IHCC application, submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take one of the following: ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER test. Testing may be scheduled by calling the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5142. This program may be entered only at the beginning of the Fall term. Students meeting all program and graduation requirements will receive a diploma.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an entry level Healthcare Documentation Specialist
- Communicate effectively with clients, family and health care team members
- Adhere to ethical and legal principles in relation to standards of practice
- Demonstrate accountability for professional behavior, development and growth
- Use written documentation that is concise and grammatically correct
Program Total: 46 Credits