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Medical Records Administrator
|Overview:||Medical record administrators plan and operate the procedures for recording and filing patients' medical records in hospitals, clinics, or physicians' offices. They use the information to evaluate patient recovery rate and the quality of the diagnosis and patient care.|
|Duties:||They analyze the data contained in patient records in order to correlate recovery rates with the diagnostic procedures used and the treatments prescribed by individual physicians.
They plan how to organize patient data in a computer system for physical filing of documents in patient record archives.
They evaluate and choose computer software systems that provide convenient retrieval of patient data and for summarizing and combining data from groups of patients.
Interview and survey hospital administrators and physicians to identify the information needed from patients records. Determine what type of system is needed to record patient information.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of medical record administrators is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 as insurance companies and medicare demand higher levels of accountability. Medical record administrators will also be needed to oversee the computerization of patient records and to ensure their security as required by law.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$29,000 to $33,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A 2-year associate or a 4-year bachelor's degree in medical records administration is the usual educational requirement for entry positions in this field. Courses include medical classification schemes for diseases, anatomy, physiology, legal aspects of medical records, computer-aided data base organization, statistics and information retrieval. A bachelor's and certification will enhance promotions to senior positions.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.