January 11, 2018 Melissa Lamar

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Medical records and health information positions rank among the top fastest growing occupations in Connecticut, with expected growth of 10 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.

The Business Office Technology: Medical program at Tunxis Community College in Farmington helps fill this demand by preparing students for professions that organize and manage information in electronic health records.

The associate degree prepares students for positions in physicians’ offices and health service agencies. Students gain proficiency in medical terminology, billing and claims procedures, office administrative procedures, and medical coding using ICD-10. Many classes in the program can be completed online. A certificate in health information technology is also available, which can be applied toward the associate degree.

The Business Office Technology: Medical associate degree transfers to Charter Oak State College’s Health Information Management program where students can complete their bachelor’s degree.

“There are so many opportunities and paths for advancement within this field,” said Candace Carbone, Tunxis chair of business and technology programs. “With a bachelor’s degree, salaries increase to over $60,000 a year, and those who have additional certifications can start in a higher range.”

Financial aid and payment plans are available for those full- and part-time credit students who qualify. The college will accept registrations for spring semester until Jan. 16.

For more information on these and other Tunxis programs, call 860.773.1490, or visit Tunxis at tunxis.edu/programs. Tunxis offers over 60 associate degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.