Electronic Medical Records Training | Penn Foster Career School

Electronic Medical Records Training Program

Why Penn Foster Career School?

  • Regionally & Nationally Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Online Program Overview

Prepare to take the CEHRS certification exam.

Penn Foster Career School’s Electronic Medical Records training program can train you to manage electronic medical records (EMRs) in a variety of healthcare settings. If you’re seeking to learn new job skills, refresh or refine existing healthcare knowledge, or prepare for industry certification by gaining additional electronic medical records training, this online program is for you! We provide all of the course materials you’ll need for the program, including Medisoft® software, SpringCharts® EHR software, and a 4GB flash drive.

At Penn Foster Career School, you can study online and use current EMR systems and software to complete your education in as little as three months. Our EMR training program can help you prepare to take the National Healthcareer Association¹ CEHRS (Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification) exam.

The medical industry is a growing field that is expected to add thousands of jobs in the coming years. In fact, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs for medical records and health information technicians are expected to grow by 15% between 2014 and 2024 — that’s much faster than the average for all occupations.²

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students to successfully manage electronic medical records (EMRs) in health care settings.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Process patient admission and discharge documents
  • Enter, record, store, and maintain information, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment, in electronic form
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel
  • Compile, code, categorize, calculate, tabulate, audit, and maintain and verify information or data
  • Understand the terminology and concepts related to third-party reimbursement
  • Use computer hardware and software, including applications, to enter data and process information using electronic medical record (EMR) software
  • Retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel

Course 1

HIT130 Electronic Medical Records

This course gives an introduction to health care, the health information management industry, and the role that health information technicians play in that industry.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Describe reimbursement systems and the role health information management technicians play in reimbursement.
  • Describe how technology is used in health information management.
  • Discuss different professional organizations and certifications for health information management technicians.
  • Explain the different roles, opportunities, and settings for health information management technicians.

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: The Electronic Health Record for the Physician's Office with SimChart for the Medical Office

Simulation: SimChart for the Medical Office

Learning Aid: Certification Test Prep

Course 2

HIT135 Electronic Health Records


  • Discuss the history of the electronic health record
  • Explain the influence that legislation and agencies have had on developing the electronic health record
  • Perform administrative health information management functions
  • Build an electronic health record
  • Enter information into the electronic health record
  • Use the managerial features of the SpringCharts software
  • Document clinical information into an electronic health record
  • Utilize templates to increase productivity
  • Use the Productivity Center routine tasks within the medical office
  • Utilize medical source documents to enter and extract patient information

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Electronic Health Records

Software: SpringCharts® EHR software and a 4GB flash drive

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
Microsoft, Windows, and Windows XP are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation registered in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.
SIMCHART is a registered trademark of Elsevier Inc. in the United States of America and/or other jurisdictions.

Sample Lesson

To view an Electronic Medical Records Technician sample lesson, click here.

Electronic Medical Records Program Details

In Penn Foster Career School's Electronic Medical Records training program, you’ll cover topics such as:

The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

If you’d like to learn how to become an electronic medical records technician, Penn Foster Career School is the place to start. Contact us today to learn more.

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Medical  Records Certification

You can improve your electronic medical records knowledge for your current job or work towards a promotion at hospitals, doctors' offices, insurance companies, or government agencies. Here are a few qualities that effective medical professionals have in common:

  • Organized: Keep confidential health forms and patient information in the right places.
  • Honest: Insurance companies, doctors, and patients trust you.
  • Dependable: Patients and doctors rely on you to be organized and on time.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

Penn Foster is a great place to learn. The instructors are only a phone call away if you need any help. They are friendly and eager to assist. It is a truly great way to get an education. I even met a few new friends online who were taking the same program that I was. We were able to help each other when needed. I plan on taking another program from Penn Foster.

- Karen M., Penn Foster Graduate

I am so happy that I made a career change with the help of Penn Foster. Penn Foster makes it easy, and they are always supportive and encouraging to you. Whenever I had a question, I just gave my instructors a call, and they were very helpful and easy to talk with. The online testing made it convenient, and my shipments always arrived right on time.

- Christina R., Penn Foster Graduate

I would like to say that enrolling with Penn Foster Career School was the best choice that I ever made. I would recommend Penn Foster. I just have to say 'Thank You' to Penn Foster for achieving my goal.

- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aids, including Medisoft® software, SpringCharts® EHR software, and a 4GB flash drive
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Electronic Medical Records Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does Penn Foster Career School’s Electronic Medical Records Certificate Program provide any software for students?

Yes, the program provides Medisoft® software, SpringCharts® EHR software, and a 4GB flash drive.

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² Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2015-17 Edition, Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks, on the Internet here (visited July 19, 2016). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

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