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How do I prepare for a career as a medical records technician?

A career as a medical records technician can be quite rewarding, but just how do you get started? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this article, we will outline some basic steps to follow that will help you get started with your training.

Where to Train as a Medical Records Technician

If you have a busy life and don’t think you have time to train for a new career, think again. Maybe you are a full-time parent, a working adult, or both, and you feel like you barely have time to breathe. You might not have the time or money to commute to a college campus either. Whatever the reason, you shouldn’t worry. You can earn your medical records technician associate degree, online.

With an online degree in medical records technology, you can study on a flexible schedule, like during the day, at night, or even the weekends. You also won’t need to commute to a college campus, saving you more time. You just need a computer and an internet connection. Some people even use the local library for distraction-free study time.

Programs like the one offered at the Institute of Medical and Business Careers(IMBC), can be completed part-time, online, and in under two years. Perfect for people with busy lives that want to start a new career.

Obtaining your Certification in Medical Records Technology

Getting your degree is an important step in learning the skills to become a medical records technician or “MRT” for short, but it’s not the only step. You may want to consider getting your certification too. Certification shows employers you’ve obtained the necessary skills to become a medical records technician. Some schools will even pay for your certification exam, like IMBC. Two certifications an MRT can obtain include:

  • Nationally Registered Certified Coding Specialist (NRCCS)
  • Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)

Certification exams are not required for employment; however, they may help you gain employment, as they will separate you from candidates that lack the certification and it demonstrates your knowledge of the subject material.

Searching for a Job as a Medical Records Technician

Once you have your degree and optional certification, you’ll be ready to begin your career search. Your school’s career services department is the perfect place to assist with your search. They will help you:

  • Prepare your résumé
  • Search for and apply to jobs online
  • Help you get ready for an interview

You can also begin your search using online job sites, such as:

Ready to get started and want to learn more? Contact a school like IMBC and you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career.