Health Information Technology Workforce Development Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Health information technology allows comprehensive management of medical information and its secure exchange between health care consumers and providers. Broad use of HIT has the potential to improve health care quality, prevent medical errors, increase the efficiency, reduce costs, expand access to affordable care, and improve health.
What is the training?
This intensive, non-degree technical education provides practical medical and IT knowledge to qualify its graduates to work in the health-care setting. Completers should effectively learn/use electronic health records (EHRs), exchange information and redesign workflows within health-care settings. Each concentration will require completion of 5-7 modules.
How long does the course last?
Required courses should be completed in 6 months or less for full-time students. Elective courses may be taken as much as 6 months after a student completed required courses or up through March 31, 2013 when the funding for the program expires.
Do I have to attend classes on campus?
Instruction is delivered primarily online in a distance learning format. However, there may be times when you need to come to campus for registration, assessment, to challenge courses, counseling or placement.
I have completed training in IT or a technical program to work in a medical setting. Will I have to retake basic coursework in those areas?
Our training will not require you to retake subject material you have already mastered.
Students who have information technology knowledge/education/background will be taught the clinical/medical knowledge they need to work in healthcare setting.
Students with medical background will be taught the essentials they need to perform more technological work.
How will this training be delivered?
This training will be delivered primarily in an online distance learning format. A practicum/internship and/or project may be required. Every effort will be made to locate these opportunities in the student’s geographical area.
Students must meet the following competencies:
What are the types of training available?
Employment roles supported by this program include:
- Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist
- Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
- Implementation Support Specialist
- Implementation Manager
- Technical/Software Support Staff
- Instruction in IT
- Health Care
- Workflow in Health Care Practices
- Redesign of Health Care Practices
- Change Strategies
- Quality Improvement Techniques
What background must I have to be eligible for this training?
To qualify for this program, students must have a minimum of 2 years verifiable work experience in a medical (direct care, administrative, management, support, EMS, etc.) or information technology position, or a minimum of an Associates Degree in one of those fields plus one year of work experience.
Is this a tract to a degree from Catawba Valley Community College?
No, it is an intensive practical/technical training to develop skills and knowledge needed to work in a health-care field. It is designed to give completers an "edge" in the health-care job market. Successful students will receive a certificate of completion and have their competencies assessed and documented. Completion is one way to qualify to take the national competency exam.