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Blair Center adds two Academic Programs

Posted February 23, 2015 at 11:07 am

Beginning this fall, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center is adding two healthcare programs to its already diverse list of academic offerings, the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Information Specialist degree and the Medical Coding Specialist diploma.

Due to the increased use of electronic medical records, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor anticipates the need for 9,150 trained medical records and health information technicians by 2016. Students enrolling in the Healthcare Information Specialist associate’s degree program will be prepared to fill this demand.

In addition to documenting records, students will learn how to securely protect, process, and prepare records, process admission or discharge documents, and more. Healthcare Information Specialist students will be able to use their knowledge to become a highly valued member of various medical environments.

Students taking part in the Medical Coding Specialist program will learn the necessary skills and gain professional experience in medical coding, including Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), as well as International Classification of Diseases, 9th and 10th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9 CM and ICD-10 CM). Graduates of this diploma program will be able to enter the medical profession as confident coders.

These programs may be completed at Penn Highlands Blair, located in the Logan Valley Mall, or students may take several courses online, providing flexibility and convenience. For additional information on these offerings or other opportunities in Blair, please contact Penn Highlands Blair at 814.201.2700 or blair@pennhighlands.edu.