Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate
Healthcare informatics is the “application of informatics and information technology to deliver healthcare services” (American Medical Informatics Association). The post-secondary HIT certificate provides students with foundational and core competencies in the electronic management of health and medical information and its secure exchange between consumers and providers. The HIT certificate curriculum incorporates the disciplines of healthcare, management, finance, information technology, compliance, and law. The HIT certificate aims to attract healthcare professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge of information technology, as well as appealing to prospective students who are interested in employment within the HIT field. Students completing the HIT certificate are prepared to be at the forefront of improving healthcare delivery through processes aimed at medical error reduction, enhanced care coordination and efficiency, engaging patients in advocacy, and serving public health.
Program of Study
The post-secondary Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate will consist of fifteen (15) undergraduate credits. All HIT Certificate courses are offered 100% online only. Students should be comfortable with the online learning format and are required to take the DIS 095 prerequisite.
Aligning with the University mission, the HIT certificate provides health professionals and/ or those considering entry into this specialty area, with foundational knowledge surrounding health care informatics, essential to the career needs of our students and their competiveness in the job market.
Through the completion of the post-secondary HIT Certificate, the students will be able to:
- Ensure the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems.
- Use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data for the purpose of improving patient care, as well as, controlling costs.
- Provide specialized coding diagnoses and procedures in patient records for reimbursement and research.
- Support legal and ethical management of electronic medical records
The program is open to the following prospective students with an interest in healthcare information technology:
- High School graduate, and/ or;
- Associate Degree graduate, and/ or;
- Open to any undergraduate students in a degree-seeking program upon advisement from program-specific chair and/ or academic advisor.
Students will complete an undergraduate application for admission accompanied by a non-refundable admission fee.
Demonstrated competence of (through prior learning assessment: transfer credit and/ or competency based credit acceptance):
BCS 206 Computer Application for Business or equivalent,
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking or equivalent
DIS 095 Online Orientation for Students
Course Requirements (15 credits)
HIT 301 Healthcare Informatics
HIT 302 Healthcare Database Systems
ISM 430 Systems and Business Process Analysis for Healthcare Professionals
ISM 450 Project Management and Practice
Total credits for the Healthcare Informatics Technology (HIT) Certificate - 15 Credits
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.