Learn New Skills Needed in Today’s Technology-Driven Health Care Field

Nurse using Electronic Health Record system

The University of San Diego's Professional and Continuing Education online EHR certificate program will give you a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of electronic health records using MEDITECH systems technology. This program is designed for health professionals from multiple areas of the healthcare industry, and specifically those who work extensively with record-keeping systems. Our EHR certificate program is also worthwhile for those just entering the field or those transitioning from one area to another.

Who Should Attend?

If you are just entering the health care field or transitioning between career tracks within health care, this certificate will give you the skills needed to successfully navigate various proficiencies within an Electronic Health Records system. This certificate program is truly for everyone – all material will be relevant to those with previous medical experience as well as those just beginning their health care careers.

Benefits of USD’s Electronic Health Records - MEDITECH Certificate Program

  • Enhance your knowledge of case/order management
  • Gain familiarity with emergency room management
  • Understand business and clinical management, including cost accounting and revenue cycle (patient accounting)
  • Successfully manage imaging and documentation
  • Understand behavioral health and continuing care
  • Gain expertise in home health care and hospice
  • Learn additional clinical and non-clinical skills

The certificate program is an online self-paced program comprised of five courses which may be taken in any order: Care Coordination - Acute, Care Coordination - Ambulatory, Diagnostic EHR Services, Patient Access & Revenue Cycle, and Provider Experience. These courses may also be taken individually.

Earn your Electronic Health Records professional certificate by taking the five required courses. Students have a maximum of five years to complete all of the courses to earn their certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of case/order management
  • Familiarity with ER management
  • Understanding of Business & Clinical management - including cost accounting and revenue cycle (patient accounting)
  • Successful imaging and documentation management
  • Understanding of behavioral health and continuing care
  • Familiarity with home healthcare and hospice
  • Knowledge of additional clinical and non-clinical skills

Schedule & Fees

Course # Courses (12 units) Duration SP SU FA Fee
HLTH-X811 Care Coordination - Acute
(2 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $399
HLTH-X812 Care Coordination - Ambulatory
(1 unit)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $199
HLTH-X813 Diagnostic EHR Services
(2 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $399
HLTH-X815 Patient Access & Revenue Cycle
(2 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $399
HLTH-X820 Provider Experience
(1 unit)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $199
One Time Certificate Fee $45
Total Certificate Cost (5 courses) $1,640
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced  *Schedule and fees subject to change

Electronic Health Records Certificate Program Curriculum

Enroll in one or more courses to earn graduate level extension credits. You can expect the following from our online EHR self-paced courses:

  • You can go online when convenient, completing course within six months from enrollment
  • As long as you have access to the internet (and any textbook requirements stated, if applicable), you can complete assignments
  • You'll read articles, watch videos and interact with resources provided within the course
  • Completed assignments are submitted and then evaluated by assigned instructor
  • Instructor interaction and feedback are provided between assignments

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Electronic Health Records - MEDITECH Systems. The certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters.

  • Complete 5 core courses: HLTH-X811, HLTH-X812, HLTH-X813, HLTH-X815, and HLTH-X820 (8 units).

Learn more about the benefits and policies of the University of San Diego | Division of Professional and Continuing Education’s certificate programs.

Electronic Health Records Job Market and Career Outlook

All areas of the health care field use electronic health records from reception/check-in to discharge. EHR programs offer a 360° view of a patient’s medical history – inclusive of medications, test results, visits, hospitalizations, therapy, follow-up care and account/billing information. Nursing staff, doctors, therapists, pharmacists, medical billers/coders, etc. all utilize EHR systems to do their jobs, so proper management of these systems is essential.

Potential career paths EHR – MEDITECH certificate program participants might pursue include:

  • Nursing – all specialties
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical Billing & Accounting

EHR Certificate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the program duration? 

A: Working quickly, students would be able to complete the certificate in about 3-4 months. If a student took the maximum amount of time with each course (6 months), it would take them two and a half years to complete all five courses. 

Q: What is the time commitment? 

A: Once registered for a course, students have access within 24 hours. They have up to six months to complete each course, but some students will move quickly and can complete a course in just a few weeks.

Q: What are the terms of enrollment and application deadline?

A: Enrollment is ongoing – students may start at any time.

Q: What are the course requirements? 

A: There are no prerequisites, but some knowledge of medical terminology is helpful. If students do not have a background in medical language, USD also offers an online, self-paced Medical Terminology course.

Q: What is the class format? 

A: Online Self-Paced. Students move through the modules in consecutive order, completing assignments and quizzes as they move to the next module.


The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

To enroll in the Electronic Health Records Certificate Program or an individual course, simply click on one of the courses above to get started.

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