Electronic Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records Training

If you’re looking to learn new job skills, refresh or refine existing healthcare knowledge, or prepare for industry certification, Penn Foster’s online Electronic Medical Records Certificate can help you take the first step. Boost your career confidence and refresh your resume from home, on your schedule, in as little as 3 months! 

  • The electronic medical records training program helps prepare you for the National Healthcareer Association CEHRS (Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification) exam.
  • Helps prepare you for a career as an electronic medical records (EMR) technician.
  • Medical records and health information technician jobs are in high demand. 
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to process patient admission and discharge documents.
  2. How to retrieve patient medical records for physicians, technicians, or other medical personnel.
  3. How to enter, record, store, and maintain information, such as demographic characteristics, history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures, or treatment, in electronic form.
  4. How to compile, code, categorize, calculate, audit, and maintain and verify information or data.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Electronic Medical Records Careers 

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians







Our accredited online Electronic Medical Records Training is designed with job-readiness in mind. You'll study what a medical records and health information technician does, receive a general overview of the health information industry, and begin to prepare for medical records certification.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students 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. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information. Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Online Electronic Medical Records Curriculum

  • 2 courses
  • 6 exams
  • 4 submitted projects
  • 17.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 3 months
  • Average time = 4 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

Penn Foster's Electronic Medical Records Training helps to prepare you for career opportunities as a medical records and health information technician. Your required courses include:

  • Introduction to Allied Health
  • Electronic Health Records


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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EMR Student Stories 

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“Easy, affordable, self paced and fun learning.”

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Electronic Medical Records Training Tuition

The total cost of your online Electronic Medical Records Training is a one-time payment of $399 which covers the cost of your studies and any digital textbooks or study materials included in your certificate.

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  • No monthly payments
  • All major credit and debit cards accepted
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Our Proven Healthcare Learning Model

Empowering Penn Foster students to reach their professional goals.


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Study from anywhere 


  • Digital study guides 
  • Digital textbooks
  • Practical exercises 


  • Digital support
  • Online student community
  • Student discussion boards 


  • Access to instructors
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services

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Electronic Medical Records Training FAQs

How do I become an electronic medical records specialist?

Through Penn Foster's online Electronic Medical Records Certificate (EMR) Program, you'll gain foundational skills and knowledge, and begin to prepare for any industry certifications required to work as an electronic medical records and health information technician.

How much does a certified electronic medical records specialist make?

The median salary for electronic medical records and health information technicians is $47,180*.

Is becoming a medical records specialist a good career option?

Yes! This is an in-demand industry within healthcare. Jobs are predicted to grow by 8% over the next 10 years.* With electronic medical records certification training and required certification, you can begin on your career path to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical and doctors' offices, nursing care facilities, and more.

How long does it take to become a medical records technician?

The Electronic Medical Records Certificate Program is self-paced and can be completed around your schedule.