Welcome to the University of Miami Electronic Medical Records Certificate Program

This program focuses on the skills of managing electronic medical records, giving students the knowledge they need to become an essential member of a healthcare team. In addition to top-notch instruction, students participate in hands-on practice sessions using Medisoft® and PrimeSUITE®, two cutting-edge electronic medical records software programs. After completion of the courses, participants will be prepared to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS™) examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

This program is offered through the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami.

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Quick Facts About the Program

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  • Career Outlook

    Health information technicians play a key role in modern hospitals and private medical practices. An electronic medical records specialist is responsible for implementing and maintaining electronic medical records, collecting and analyzing patient data, performing quality assurance practices, utilizing and training staff members on medical office management software, and ensuring uniform standards for the electronic exchange of health information. Doctors, nurses, patients, and insurance providers rely on these valuable team members to organize and oversee a variety of important databases.

    The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment rate for medical records and health information technicians will grow by 22% between 2012 and 2022, which is double the average growth rate for all professions combined. The popularity of training programs for EMR (electronic medical records) and EHR (electronic health records) software has surged due to recent mandates in healthcare law, and an increase in medical tests and treatments for the nation’s ageing population should ensure a high demand for those who have mastered these systems.

  • What Will I Learn?

    Upon successful completion of the Electronic Medical Record Specialist Certificate Program, participants will demonstrate proficiency in:

    1. Comprehending the current state of the U.S. healthcare delivery system
    2. Applying medical terminology effectively within the healthcare office
    3. Understanding how computers and technology are used in various healthcare settings
    4. Operating an industry standard electronic medical records software program

  • How Will I Benefit From UM's Program?

    This program covers essential topics including medical terminology, the U.S. healthcare system, and health information technology. Students also receive hands-on experience with Medisoft® and PrimeSUITE®, two of the industry’s leading software systems. Learning proficiency and milestones achieved can be showcased with the ePortfolio completed during the program. 

    Afterward, participants are prepared to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS™) examination through the National Healthcareer Association. This professional certification opens the doors to more job opportunities, higher wages, and a broader selection of careers.

  • Is This Program Right For Me?

    This program is perfect for anyone who enjoys science and technology, has strong organizational skills, and is interested in working in the medical field. Many participants would like to pursue a career in healthcare but prefer to utilize their skills behind the scenes rather than working directly with patients. 

    This program is well-suited for those entering healthcare for the first time, and also for those making a lateral move into this dynamic and promising healthcare field.

  • How Long Is The Program?

    Both the campus-based and the online programs are four months in length.

  • Program Format & Location

    This program is offered on our Coral Gables campus and also online.

  • Tuition & Fees

    The cost of the classroom program is $2,995. The cost of the online program is $3,495. Textbooks are an additional $430.

  • Financial Assistance Options

    Financial assistance and payment plans are available for this program. To learn more, please speak with an enrollment advisor at (305) 284-4000.


  • What Can I Do After Earning The Certificate?

    The program prepares participants to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS™) examination through the National Healthcareer Association. After certification, graduates of the program can pursue a variety of jobs in hospitals, private medical practices, nursing and residential care facilities, and government offices. They may also choose to specialize in one aspect of the EMR field by working as a medical coder or a cancer registrar.

  • What Are The Requirements To Earn The Certificate?

    No specific experience or education required.

  • Required Courses

    U.S. Healthcare Delivery System, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 & HITECH Act, Medical Terminology, Healthcare Computing, Electronic Medical Records Software, and Health Information Management Technology.

  • Professional Badges



    The Division of Continuing and International Education’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and lifewide learning. Revolutionary learning experiences are created for our students to ensure that we meet the demands of the ever-changing economy. We continuously measure our programs’ core competencies, instruction, quality, standards, and service.

    The continuing education landscape has elevated an era of innovation and disruption and as such, the Office of Professional Advancement has instituted a badging system. Graduates of our programs will be able to virtually display a badge, which showcases their new skillset to prospective employers and professional colleagues.

    How does it Work?

    Badges are earned by successfully completing a certificate program through the Office of Professional Advancement. * Upon completion, you will receive an email with instructions on how to collect your badge. Once collected, you can display your badge on social media sites like LinkedIn. Any potential employer will be able to click on the badge for a list of specific skills associated with the respective certificate received.

    *Please call us for a list of approved programs.

    For more information about our career and professional development badging, please call us at 305-284-4000.

  • Have Questions?

    For more information, please call 305-284-4000. Our enrollment advisors can answer any questions or schedule a meeting to discuss your goals and opportunities.”

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