Electronic Health Record Specialist Technician Technical Standards
All individuals, including persons with
disabilities, who wish to participate in the
Electronic Health Record Specialist Program, must be able to
perform specific technical functions with or
without reasonable accommodation.
The following information outlines the requirements,
abilities, and behavioral characteristics necessary for admission, continued
participation, and completion of the Electronic Health Record Specialist Program at Harford
Community College (HCC). Students should consult with the non-credit allied
health coordinator to discuss any individual situation that may prevent his or
her ability to meet the admission criteria or the essential technical standards.
Requests for reasonable accommodations will be considered. It is ultimately the
student’s responsibility to meet these essential qualifications for
participation in the program.
In order to meet the requirements for admission,
perform the skills/duties of a electronic health record specialist technician, and assume the responsibilities
of a direct care provider the student must:
Be at least 18 years old.
Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.
Review the program technical standards and ask questions if unfamiliar with
the required activities or functions.
Decide if he or she has any limitations that may restrict or interfere with
the satisfactory performance of any of the requirements.
Successfully complete prerequisite courses such as, but not
limited to, HIPAA Training, Healthcare Job Market Preparation, and Medical
Any individual who is unable or unwilling to meet
the following technical standards in the
classroom, lab, and clinical area will be unable
to participate in the program.
—Able to read patient information, reports, books,
graphics, etc. from a variety of sources of media. Content may be in fine print,
printed format, or less than legible handwriting.
Read written instructions.
Read comprehend, and acquire information from reports,
technical journals, papers, charts, computers, and other modes of delivery.
Operate and manipulate equipment as necessary; i.e., computer,
Hearing—Able to hear and understand faculty, staff, peers,
families, and healthcare workers; interpret conversations; and assess/monitor
Communicate and interact with faculty, staff, peers, patients/clients, families, and
healthcare workers from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Follow verbal instructions.
Detect and discriminate between sounds of normal conversation.
Smell—Able to tolerate unpleasant odors related to infections, bad
Mobility—Possess the mobility and strength to move freely
in the workplace.
Move quickly from place to place and perform job-related
Stand/sit in an upright position for approximately 8 hours
Reach above shoulder height to manipulate equipment and
Reach below waist level to manipulate equipment and
Motor Skills (fine and gross)—Perform multiple motor tasks
simultaneously. Possess fine and gross motor skills sufficient to handle
equipment; awareness of self in relationship to surroundings.
Perform CPR and other basic life support functions.
Operate and manipulate equipment repetitively.
Record patient/client data.
Communication—Able to communicate in English, both orally and in
writing, with faculty, staff, peers, clients, families, and healthcare workers.
Speak English in a clear and easily understood manner.
Write in a manner that is legible.
Follow written and verbal instructions
Communicate complex information and data through speech
and in writing using proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
Use telephone and computer systems accurately and
Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities—Able to learn, measure, calculate,
reason, analyze, integrate, synthesize, and use data/information.
Interpret, problem solve, and demonstrate critical thinking.
Apply principles of logical thinking to define problems,
collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
Respond to emergencies by processing information consistently,
accurately, and quickly.
Perform basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
Possess the ability to self-evaluate.
Behavioral and Social Attributes—Possess the emotional health required
to use intellectual abilities fully such as exercising good judgment, promptly
completing all responsibilities associated with client care, and developing
mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with faculty, staff, peers,
clients, families, and healthcare workers.
Tolerate physically taxing workloads and function effectively under
Maintain composure while continuing to function
appropriately and professionally in myriad situations.
Adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to
function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of
Demonstrate team playing, compassion, integrity, concern for others,
interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation during the education process.
Recognize emergencies and be able to take the appropriate action.
Accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by modifying
Ethical Standards—Demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior.
Perform in an ethical manner in all dealings with faculty, staff, peers,
clients, families, and healthcare workers regardless of race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, veteran,
sexual orientation, marital status, or any other status protected by law.
Legal Standards—Submit to a criminal background check and/or drug
testing as required by policies of the college, clinical facility, and/or
regulatory agency. The student is responsible for any cost.