Certified Health Information Technology Office Specialist

Duration: 360 hours


The Certified Health Information Technology Office Specialist (CHITOS) Program prepares the graduate to work in the rapidly evolving medical office as the healthcare industry implements the rules and regulations mandated by the Affordable Care Act.  The successful program graduate understands the non-clinical functions of a typically medical office including front office, billing and collections and electronic health records.  They understand how each position contributes to the compliance objectives “Meaningful Use” Stages 1 and 2 and their responsibilities. 

The CHITOS Program consists of three Programs that lead to nationally recognized certifications by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).  They are also awarded credentials for Medical Terminology and HIPAA.  The three programs are:

·        Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

·        Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)

·        Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)

Medical Terminology (40 hours)

Common medical terminology is a critical part of the language used by health care practitioners. It is essentially a vocabulary that requires a uniform pronunciation, definition, and spelling of terms used by professionals. Individuals with medical terminology training are capable of analyzing and interpreting medical reports related to specific body systems.

This course discusses word construction and meanings that together characterize medical language. At the end of this course, students will be able to:

·        Identify medical terms and words by their component parts

·        Define the body structure and its systems, cavities, planes, and positions

·        Explain the importance of medical terminology in healthcare profession

·        Define and build the medical terms associated with the body systems

Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (100 hours)

The Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) is responsible for maintaining the integrity and protecting the privacy and security of patient information. Students will learn:

·        About the overall intent and purpose of the Act

·        About the various stages of implementation and       their role in each stage

·        How they will participate in the process to insure their organization  meets and complies with the “meaningful use” rules

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (80 hours)

The Medical Administrative Assistant is a well-respected office professional.  The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) has the skills to effectively interact with patients while managing day-to-day office duties whether manning the front desk in a small practice or providing support services in a large facility. While the exact duties will vary from one employer to the next, the basics of the job remain the same regardless of employer. For example, a CMAA will complete many of the routine duties that are performed by general office clerk, administrative assistants and/or secretaries.

Certified Billing/Coding Specialist (140 hours)

Certified Billing/Coding Specialists (CBCS) are valuable members of any health care team. They are dedicated individuals who normally work behind the scenes processing claims in an administrative or billing department. Each time a patient receives medical care, a claim must be coded and submitted to a patient’s health care insurer. Medical Billing Specialist typically works verifying claims, billing and checking payment status. Medical insurance billing and coding work requires procedural knowledge of industry practices and close attention to details. This course teaches students the basic concepts and procedures to perform the tasks associated with filling out health insurance forms and coding medical procedures including ICD-10.  Students will also learn the patient privacy issues mandated by HIPAA and the Omnibus Rule. 

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The Learning Center's Healthcare IT program is aligned with the National Healthcare Associations's national certification program.  Whether you’re a student going through an allied health program or already employed in the field, being certified means that you’re dedicated to your chosen field. Show your commitment to professional development, patient care and quality work by earning your NCCA-accredited certification through NHA.