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Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate

Purpose

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. Students should be comfortable with the online learning format.

Career Opportunities

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 competitiveness in the job market. Upon completion of the HIT certificate, students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) exam. CAHIMS certification is designated for emerging professionals in the IT industry with 5 years or less of experience.

Program Competencies

Through the completion of the post-secondary HIT Certificate, the students will be able to:

  1. Improve quality and safety of health care for patients through use of clinical decision support systems and best practices of health care technology.
  2. Evaluate coordination of care and disease management telemedicine technology.
  3. Use computer applications to analyze patient data for the effects of databases on health care costs and quality of care.
  4. Support legal and ethical management of electronic medical records.
  5. Identify clinical workflows, process mapping and change management relating to EHR implementation.
  6. Apply system project management and the triple constraint of scope, schedule and cost factors.

General Requirements/Prerequisites

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.

Note: Students will be held to all course prerequisites.


Curriculum

Course Requirements (15 credits)

HIT 301 Healthcare Informatics

HIT 302 Healthcare Database Systems

HSC 313 Ethical and Legal Issues of Healthcare

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