Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate

Program Purpose

Healthcare informatics is the application of informatics and information technology to deliver healthcare services. The HIT certificate provides students with core competencies in the electronic management of health information and its secure exchange between consumers and providers. Moreover, the HIT certificate curriculum incorporates the disciplines of healthcare, management, finance, information technology, compliance, and law. Clinical decision support systems, current Health and telehealth applications, use of safety and quality metrics in informatics, and public and population health information technology are integrated throughout the curriculum.

The HIT certificate is intended to attract healthcare professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge of information technology, as well as appeal 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. The use of a simulated electronic health record learning platform serves to provide real-life training in healthcare information management and informatics. Workflow processes are taught within an interprofessional framework, while data visualization skills are partnered with clinically relevant content.

Program of Study

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate consists of fifteen (15) undergraduate credits. All courses are offered 100% online. Interested students must consult with an academic advisor and/or Health Sciences program chair to plan the appropriate course sequencing and selection. The courses may be completed within a baccalaureate program at Wilmington University.

Career Opportunities

Aligned 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 students and their competitiveness in the job market. Upon completion of the HIT certificate, students are 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.

Certificate Competencies

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

    Improve quality and safety of health care for patients through use of clinical decision support systems and best practices of health care technology.

    Evaluate coordination of care and disease management telemedicine technology.

    Use computer applications to analyze patient data for the effects of databases on health care costs and quality of care.

    Support legal and ethical management of electronic medical records.

    Identify clinical workflows, process mapping and change management relating to Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementation.

    Apply system project management and the triple constraint of scope, schedule and cost factors.

General Requirements

The certificate is open to the following prospective students with an interest in healthcare information technology:

    High School graduate, and/ or;

    Associate Degree graduate, and/ or;

    Wilmington University undergraduate students in a degree-seeking program upon advisement from a program chair and/or an academic advisor.

Students must complete an undergraduate application for admission accompanied by a non-refundable admission fee.


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 Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate: 15

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2023 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.