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01/05/2000
Hudson Valley Community College to Offer Certificates in Medical Transcription and Administrative Medical Specialist

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 5, 2000
http://www.hvcc.edu

Hudson Valley Community College will offer two new certificate programs beginning this spring, President John Buono announced today. Programs leading to certification as medical transcriptionists and administrative medical specialists will begin at the college on February 21.

Medical transcriptionists and administrative medical specialists are among the top-10 fastest-growing occupations, according to the 1998/99 Occupational Handbook.

"As the health care field grows and changes, we want to provide the training for the entire spectrum of needs," said Buono. "These certificate programs will provide the training for two urgently needed roles in the health care field."

Medical transcriptionists work with a variety of health care professionals, transcribing notes and medical reports into legal documents. Transcriptionists work in medical and health care offices or can work from home-based offices.

The certificate program for administrative medical specialists instructs students in medical office operations. Students will receive instruction in medical billing and reimbursement as well as the several software programs commonly used in medical offices.

The courses will be offered through the college's Continuing Education Division. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Division at 629-7339.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as and programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.