Medical Records Certificate Programs
The Medical Records Certificate programs are offered twice a year, in September and February. We accept applications at any time of year, and we try hard to accept students into the program whenever there is availability.
The September session is the most popular and classes fill quickly. If you are interested in attending this program we recommend that you complete the application process by the beginning of August.
Classes are held two evenings per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) from 6pm to 9pm. Because of the small class size, students receive individualized instruction, and help with resume writing and interviewing skills.
Danbury Hospital offers two courses within its Medical Records Certificate Program. Within the basic program, students can choose either a Medical Coding or a Medical Transcription curriculum. The advanced course is for students that meet certain prerequisites and are interested in earning their certification in Medical Coding.
All courses have prior approval by the American Academy of Professional Coders for Continuing Education Units. Granting of this approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program, content, or the program sponsor.
What Course is Right for Me?
The Basic Medical Records Certificate Program is the only option available for students that wish to study the theory and practice of Medical Transcription.
Students that wish to earn their certificate in Medical Coding and become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) may either take the basic or advanced courses depending on whether or not they meet certain criteria.
Students accepted to the advanced program must have:
- Completed coursework in Anatomy and Physiology
- Working knowledge of Medical Terminology
- Basic coding skills using ICD-9 and CPT codes
Applicants that do not meet these requirements must take the basic course.
All students that want to become a CPC (Certified Professional Coder) must have two years of experience working in the field. Students that take the basic course must first complete the program, and then work for two years before taking the certification test. Students in the advanced program may count the course as one year of experience, and take the CPC examination on site.
For More Information
Please contact us if you have questions about the Medical Records Certificate Programs at Danbury Hospital, or if you would like more information.