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HIM Education
For students looking for accredited 2- and 4-year HIM programs, visit the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) web site at There you can do a detailed search. AHIMA also provides resources on health information 101 and career prep tools.

Coding Education
Those seeking information on coding education can visit the American Academy of Professional Coders' Web site to locate Professional Medical Coding Curriculum sites at

More coding education questions can be answered by AHIMA. Visit that Web site at

Medical Transcription Education
For information on medical transcription programs and continuing education opportunities, visit

Registrar Education
For cancer registrars, formal education comes in the form of a 2-year college program specifically designed for cancer registry and to prepare them for the requirements of the certified tumor registrar (CTR) credential. To search for an education program, visit the NCRA Web site here.

For trauma registrars, the ATS offers basic and advanced courses, as well as a certification examination to earn certification specialists trauma registry (CSTR) status. More information on trauma registry education and programs can be found on the ATS Web site at


Always go for the community college and you can't go wrong--lower tuition, internship and accredited. It may take longer but you are really prepared for the job. The HIT/Coding programs are offered online, even the internship and you don't have to go to the college. I attend Santa Barbara City College and the program is totally online. The classes are very intense and the instructors are great.

patricia loveMay 14, 2009
Ventura, CA

I am in the same situation. You are better than me because I got nothing for my money. I am an RN and paid for a boot camp coding with RN-Coder. I have even had a chance to take final exam much more sit a certification test. I don't know how these schools can get away with taking people's money. I am not the only person that was in this class.

Elaine DysonMarch 23, 2009

it's been three years since i graduated with an associate's degree in "Office Technologies" from the Elmira Business Institute with a concentration in the medical field. i took two semesters in Medical Transcription and one in Billing and Coding, among other courses. so, where am i working?? still at the same job before school-a supermarket. i wanted to learn something different so that i wouldn't retire as a cashier, but it looks like i may do that after all. it seems that the school pushes its success with their medical assistance program, but i was not interested in the clinical part. i have begun volunteering at a local hospital, though right now i'm on a winter break. so many people have been let down by the school and have even tried to sue them, but the case was twice thrown out of court. how can i even try to apply to any jobs listed in your magazine if what i have learned hasn't done me any good??

Virginia FerraroJanuary 14, 2009


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