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Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)

When you enroll in this all-inclusive National Healthcareer Association (NHA)-certified program, you'll unlock the door to this burgeoning career. Through 14 comprehensive lessons, you'll learn what kind of information is stored in an electronic health record (EHR) system, what steps are required to implement a system in a medical practice, how staff members and patients interact with EHR systems, and what benefits these systems provide compared to traditional paper records. Throughout the program, you'll get hands-on practice using real EHR software, and you'll have direct access to expert facilitators who will give you firsthand knowledge of what it is like to work as a CEHRS. You will move through the program at your own pace, and your facilitators will be there with you every step of the way to provide clarification, support, and guidance. 

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to take the Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification (CEHRS) exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the cost of the exam is included in your tuition. This program is entirely online and can be completed at your own pace.

6 Months / 134 Course Hrs
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Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) Details + Objective

Course Code: GES136

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 the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 134 course hours
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
Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) Outline
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Receive an overview of EHR and CEHRS. Understand the importance of both systems and how to incorporate them into medical practice. Continue learning how to implement EHR and the program’s framework.

HIPAA Requirements, EHR Systems and Record Content

Learn about HIPAA, including its rules and regulations. Understand different types of medical record formats and purposes, as well as how to read medical record content.

Patient Visit Management

Understand the EHR in an office workflow, how to read a master patient index, and how to schedule patient visits.

Examinations and Treatment Plans

Master an understanding of how to read patient medication and allergy lists. Explore various treatment plans and how to document treatment plans, orders and results. Continue learning about medication orders, medication reference information, and medication alerts and reminders.

Patient Communications and Billings

Dive into this module about patient-focused communication and personal health records. Learn about proper coding and billing workflow while studying code sets and clinical vocabularies.

Research and Continuing Care

Understand the process of medical product development and practice requirements. Become aware of the standards that support research. Master an understanding of personal health records, communication among providers, and ongoing training and technical support of EHR software.

Program Details

I.    An Overview of EHR and CEHRS
            A.    What is an EHR
            B.    The Importance of EHRs
            C.    Efforts to Encourage EHR Adoption
            D.    EHRs in the Future
            E.    The Role of a CEHRS in a Medical Practice
II.    Steps to EHR Implementation
            A.    Step 1: Assess
            B.    Step 2: Plan
            C.    Step 3: Select
            D.    Step 4: Implement
III.    The EHR Framework
            A.    EHR Architecture, Hardware, Software, Networks and Interfaces
            B.    Human-Computer Interface (User) Devices
            C.    Functional, Data Content, and Vocabulary Standards
            D.    Feature and Data Formats
            E.    Security Controls
            F.    Hybrid Health Records
            G.    Disaster Recovery
IV.    HIPAA Requirements and EHR Systems
            A.    What is HIPAA?
            B.    HIPAA and CEHRS
            C.    HIPAA Privacy Rule
            D.    HIPAA Security Rule
V.    The EHR and Record Content
            A.    Record Purposes
            B.    Record Formats and Types of Data
            C.    Record Standards
            D.    Medical Record Content
            E.    Documentation Practices
VI.    Patient Visit Management
            A.    The EHR in an Office Workflow
            B.    Master Patient Index
            C.    Service Payment Information
            D.    Scheduling
            E.    Consents, Acknowledgements, Advance Directives, and Authorizations
VII.   Problem, Medication, and Allergy Lists
            A.    The Lists
            B.    Summary Lists in the Office Workflow
            C.    Standards – Functional, Content, and Vocabulary
VIII.   Examination/Assessment Notes, Graphics, and Charts
            A.    Examination and Assessment Notes in the Office Workflow
            B.    Functional and Content Standards
            C.    Documentation
IX.    Treatment Plans, Orders, and Results
            A.    Treatment Plan
            B.    Treatment Plans in the Office Workflow
            C.    Functional and Content Standards of Treatment Plans
            D.    Documentation of Treatment Plans, Orders, and Results
X.    Medication Orders and Administration
            A.    Medication Orders Workflow
            B.    Functional, Content, and Vocabulary Standards for Medication Orders
            C.    Medication Reference Information
            D.    Medication Alerts and Reminders
XI.    Patient Communications
            A.    Patient-Focused Communication
            B.    Patient Portals
            C.    Personal Health Records
XII.    Coding, Billing, and Practice Reports
            A.    Coding and Billing Workflow
            B.    Code Sets and Clinical Vocabularies
            C.    Coding, Billing, and the EHR
            D.    Encoders and Computer-Assisted Coding
            E.    Electronic Bill Submission
XIII.   Research, Registries, and Reportable Events
            A.    Medical Product Development
            B.    Practice Requirements
            C.    Standards that Support Research
            D.    Registries and Reportable Events
XIV.   Personal Health Records and Continuing Care Records
            A.    Personal Health Record
            B.    Communication Among Providers for Continuing Care
            C.    Continuity of Care Record
            D.    Ongoing Training and Technical Support of EHR Software

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Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) Instructors
Jennifer Della'Zanna

Jennifer Della’Zanna is a Certified Professional Coder, Certified General Surgery Coder, Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist. Jennifer has worked in the allied health care industry for more than 20 years in every capacity from receptionist to practice manager. Currently, she writes and edits courses and study guides about medical coding, transcription, electronic health records, and the use of technology in health care. She also regularly contributes online and print articles about these topics and has actively helped prepare industry professionals for the conversion to the ICD-10 coding system. 

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.   

Requirements / Prerequisites

In order to sit for national certification exams, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent; therefore, it is recommended you have this before enrolling for this program.

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome, or IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, e-mail account, Microsoft Word (for assignment submissions), and Windows Media Player (which is available as a free download). 

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program. 

Click here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Flash Player.

ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:

Using the Electronic Health Record in the Health Care Provider Practice, 2nd Edition

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since ed2go programs are online, you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.
Do I have to buy additional materials?

No, all materials are included in the cost of the course.


Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. 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.


What happens what I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, 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.


Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.


How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 598-3856. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Does this program prepare for a certification?

This program 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 program, you'll be eligible to sit for the CEHRS exam, the cost of which is included in your tuition. 


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