Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)

Electronic health record specialists are critical in today's healthcare environment, where timely access to accurate patient records is vital to the safety and treatment of patients. This course teaches the skills required to become a certified electronic health record specialist (CEHRS) through the National Healthcareers Association (NHA), including charting, HIPAA compliance, electronic health record management, and insurance and billing. You will be prepared to work on a health information management team, auditing records, compiling reports for patient tracking, and coordinating the systems that keep our healthcare facilities operating.

6 Months / 134 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES136

What you will learn

  • Learn to manage patient visits, arrange follow-up care, and issue prescriptions
  • Keep track of vital information such as patient allergies and medications
  • Understand how to best read and interpret health records
  • Learn how to communicate with patients and report public health information

How you will benefit

  • Establish the appropriate EHR for your practice
  • Prepare to take the National Healthcareer Association's (NHA) CEHRS certification exam
  • Develop the communication style needed to communicate positively and efficiently with patients and medical workers
  • Jump-start your career as a health information clerk, medical records coordinator, electronic medical records technician, or electronic medical records specialist

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 134 course hours
  1. An Overview of EHR and CEHRS
    1. What is an EHR
    2. The Importance of EHRs
    3. Efforts to Encourage EHR Adoption
    4. EHRs in the Future
    5. The Role of a CEHRS in a Medical Practice
  2. An Introduction to MOSS 3.0
    1. MOSS 3.0 Components
    2. Administrative
    3. Clinical
    4. Billing
  3. History of EHRs
    1. EHR Origins in Practice Management Systems
    2. Major Federal Initiatives to Promote EHR Adoption
    3. MIPS
  4. Steps to EHR Implementation
    1. Step 1: Assess
    2. Step 2: Plan
    3. Step 3: Select
    4. Step 4: Implement
  5. The EHR Framework
    1. EHR Architecture, Hardware, Software, Networks and Interfaces
    2. Human-Computer Interface (User) Devices
    3. Functional, Data Content, and Vocabulary Standards
    4. Feature and Data Formats
    5. Security Controls
    6. Hybrid Health Records
    7. Disaster Recovery
  6. HIPAA Requirements and EHR Systems
    1. What is HIPAA?
    2. HIPAA and CEHRS
    3. HIPAA Privacy Rule
    4. HIPAA Security Rule
  7. The EHR and Record Content
    1. Record Purposes
    2. Record Formats and Types of Data
    3. Record Standards
    4. Medical Record Content
    5. Documentation Practices
  8. Lists, Treatment Plans, Orders, and Results
    1. The Lists
    2. Summary Lists in the Office Workflow
    3. Standards – Functional, Content, and Vocabulary
  9. Patient Visit Management
    1. The EHR in an Office Workflow
    2. Master Patient Index
    3. Service Payment Information
    4. Scheduling
    5. Consents, Acknowledgements, Advance Directives, and Authorizations
  10. Coding, Billing, and Practice Reports
    1. Coding and Billing Workflow
    2. Code Sets and Clinical Vocabularies
    3. Coding, Billing, and the EHR
    4. Encoders and Computer-Assisted Coding
    5. Electronic Bill Submission
  11. Patient Communications
    1. Patient-Focused Communication
    2. Patient Portals
    3. Personal Health Records
  12. Practice Reports, Research, Registries, and Reportable Events
    1. Medical Product Development
    2. Practice Requirements
    3. Standards that Support Research
    4. Registries and Reportable Events
  13. Personal Health Records and Continuing Care Records
    1. Personal Health Record
    2. Communication Among Providers for Continuing Care
    3. Continuity of Care Record
    4. Ongoing Training and Technical Support of EHR Software

Rachael Delekta

Rachael Delekta is an MBA in Healthcare Administration and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist. Rachael has been in the health care field for over ten years. She has worked mostly on the insurance side of things, as a customer service manager for dental insurance, a claims and customer service coach, and a workers' compensation case management biller and auditor. She works daily with medical records and healthcare software.

Jennifer Della'Zanna

Jennifer Della'Zanna has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked as a medical transcriptionist, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She writes courses and study guides on the use of technology in health care and regularly contributes to publications about health issues. Della'Zanna is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albright College.


While there are no required prerequisites, completing Medical Terminology before starting this course is strongly recommended.

Certification Requirements:

You will need a high school diploma or equivalent to be eligible to sit for national certification exams. Certification exams offered by NHA are only available online to candidates located in the US.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC or a Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser for course and MindTap: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred to access the course content. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this program are included in enrollment. You will receive an access code to access MOSS 3.0, which is a simulated EHR.

This course will help prepare you to take the NHA's CEHRS certification exam and start working in your new career. You'll also have access to NHA exam study materials and practice exams. When you've finished working through the course, you'll be eligible to sit for the CEHRS exam, the cost of which is included in your tuition.

A certified electronic health records specialist (CEHRS) is someone who has demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills to perform the important job of ensuring that patient data is secure, complete, and accurate. To achieve the nationally-recognized CEHRS designation you must prepare for and pass the CEHRS exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association.

Electronic health records specialists work in a variety of healthcare facilities including physicians' offices, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, surgery centers, and government facilities. You may even be able to work from home in this career!

Yes! Electronic Health Records Specialists are in high demand, and jobs are expected to increase by 8 percent through 2029 which is considered faster than average by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging population is expected to be the biggest contributor to this job growth.

A day in the life of an electronic health records specialist is one of multi-tasking. You will be responsible for auditing patient records, submitting reimbursement claims, processing requests for medical information, reviewing records, collecting insurance and demographic information from patients, and discussing patients with physicians and insurance professionals. There is a high need for specialists who are trustworthy and able to keep the information confidential.

The median salary for electronic health records specialists is just over $44,090 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those working in physicians' offices have an average salary of around $35,500, while those working in hospitals earn over $44,000 on average.

The CEHRS certification exam is a multiple-choice test that consists of 110 questions. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete it.

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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. You will also be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Records exam through National Healthcareer Association.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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