Patient Services Specialist

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This six-month program prepares the students for a range of entry level positions within the health care industry. These could include Health Information, Medical Records and Patient Services jobs. Program length is 765 hours—612 instructional hours, plus outside-of-classroom assignments requiring an estimated 153 hours. Typical cohort/class size is 20.

Because of employment requirements, a background check is required to enroll in this program.

Placement and Career Path

In the general area of Health Care Support occupations, about 45,000 people are working, it is estimated, in the Twin Cities area. Job requirements usually include written and spoken communication skills, good problem-solving abilities. Patient Services Representatives, Medical Records Specialists and Health Information Technicians are projected to increase at about 22 percent over the next decade, which doesn’t yet reflect the changes likely to come about as a result of the Affordable Health Care Act.

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