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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?

How long does the course last?

How much does this program cost?

Do I have to attend classes on campus?

How will this training be delivered?

What are the technology requirements?

What are the types of training available?

What education/background will be required for this training?

How long will this program be available?

What background must I have to be eligible for this training?

How do I apply and get accepted into this program?

How do I learn more about the HITECH programs and their funding?

Is this a tract to a degree from Catawba Valley Community College?


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.

How much does this program cost?   $360.00

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.

What are the technology requirements?

 Students must meet the following competencies:

  • Ability to access course and program material on the Internet
  • Ability to correspond with staff, students, and faculty using email and the Internet
  • Ability to use appropriate antivirus utilities so that files transmitted and received are virus free
System Requirements The following minimum system configuration and software are required:
  • Platforms:  Windows 2000, NT, XP, Vista, Seven or higher
  • Hardware:  512 MB RAM, CD-ROM, and 1 GB free disk space
  • Productivity Software:  Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Web Browser:  Firefox, Netscape 6 or higher, Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Safari
  • Networking:  DSL or cable modem
  • Email:  Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo, Hotmail, Google mail
Technology Resources Microsoft Office Software: MS Office 2003, MS PowerPoint Viewer, MS Excel Viewer Media Players: Real Player, Windows Media Player, Adobe Media Player, Quicktime, Adobe Shockwave, Adobe Flash Player. Other Resources Adobe Reader.     
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
  • Trainer

What education/or background will be required for this training?
This program will require instruction/competencies in the following:

  • Instruction in IT
  • Health Care
  • Workflow in Health Care Practices
  • Redesign of Health Care Practices
  • Change Strategies
  • Quality Improvement Techniques

How long will this program be available?
Formal funding for the program ends March 31, 2013.  CVCC expects to extend the program to teach all students who are admitted prior to that date.

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.

How do I apply and get accepted into this program?
Program criteria, application requirements, and forms are posted on this website.

How do I learn more about the HITECH programs and their funding?
The best place to get the most current information on the program is our website.  Please check this website frequently for updates. 
 

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.

 
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