Mar 08, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Health Information Specialist: CP (Competency-Based)(CTE)

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Certificate of Proficiency | 645 Clock Hours

School of Applied Technology
Program Location
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
General Information (801) 957-7522
Program Information (801) 957-3354
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Renee Scheering (801) 957-3807

Program Faculty
Associate Professors − Karl Jorgensen
Assistant Professors − Darcie Wheeler

Program Description
The Health Information Specialist training program prepares students to work in the medical records offices of hospitals, larger medical clinics, doctors’ offices, and insurance companies. It provides basic clerical training in computer concepts, customer service, business communications, word processing, spreadsheets, job-seeking skills, medical terminology, medical office software, electronic health records, medical law and ethics, and HIPAA Certification.  This curriculum includes an 80-hour cooperative externship at a medical facility in the medical records department.

Career Opportunities
For state and national occupation information, visit and enter the following O*Net codes(s):

  • 9-2071.00 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  • 43-6013.00 Medical Secretary

Program Entry Requirements
Students must demonstrate basic education skills as assessed by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE):

  • Reading: 8.0
  • Math: 6.5
  • Keyboarding speed of 30 CWPM (correct words per minute) on a 5 minute timing.  
  • 10 Key speed of 5,000 sph (strokes per hour) on a 5-minute timing with 98% accuracy.

Total Program/Course Fees
Please visit the following program website for up-to-date cost information:

Estimated Time to Completion
645 Clock Hours

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
Training and skills in computers and software applications required to obtain employment in the office environment. 1, 7
Training and skills in business writing and customer service. 1, 2
Training and skills in job seeking, preparation, and interviewing required to be hired and succeed in the workplace. 1
Entry level work experience. 1
Entry level medical terminology. 1
Entry level electronic health records. 1
Entry level knowledge of medical law and ethics. 1

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