Health - IT Workforce Training Program

About the Training

This educational effort is known as the:

Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals Cooperative Agreement Program.

This award (90CC0078) is issued under the authority of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 2009 (P.L. 111-5), Title XIII through the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This award is issued as a cooperative agreement, a financial assistance mechanism in which substantial Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) programmatic involvement is anticipated.

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This funding was awarded in April, 2010 and many details are still developing. Please note that just as quickly as we have any new updated information or changes from FDTC or the ONC on the program we shall post it here. Until you see it posted, we cannot offer any further information.

This site does not register you for any program and is information only.

CONTENTS

What is this training?

Health IT Workforce Training Program

As a federal mandate, the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) has initiated that all partners, practitioners, clinics and hospitals that bill for Medicare and Medicaid are required to utilize Electronic Health Records (EHR). EHR'S enable information exchange between health care providers and public health authorities.

The Community College Consortium Agreement was developed by the ONC to provide an intensive, non-degree education program to provide a qualified pool of workers to update and transition to this increase in healthcare technology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Education, approximately 50,000 workers across the US will be needed to meet this need by 2015.

Curriculum was developed for 20 components or courses divided into 6 workforce roles. Six to seven components are required for each workforce role and much of the coursework overlaps. See the matrix here.

Florence Darlington Technical College is offering all of the workforce roles. These roles include:

Each workforce role is a separate set of courses/components and these intensive programs are designed to be completed in six months or less. The workforce roles provide each trainee with skills and competencies that he/she does not already possess and will focus on: students who have already acquired information technology knowledge/education and who need further education in the clinical/medical knowledge; skills and aptitudes necessary to implement an electronic health record system; and on individuals with clinically related knowledge/education who need further education in respect to the information technology knowledge, skills and aptitudes to implement an electronic health records system.

View an explanation of each workforce role.

View the matrix of coursework/components. FDTC teaches the dark green, number one, primary roles for each role. Each role consists of approximately 5 to 7 courses/components.

Students register for one role at a time. After successfully completing one role, students may take individual courses/components to complete another role.

Upon successful completion, graduates are expected to sit for a National Competency Exam developed by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. Please find out more information about the exam here: hitproexams.org

Graduates will find employment with healthcare institutions, physician offices, and vendors of EHR. Graduates who pass the National Competency Exam are predicted by ONC to have salaries in the range of $44,000 to $126,000.

How will this training be delivered?

This training is delivered online.

What background or requirements will be required for this training?

  1. An Associate Degree or Higher in either information technology or healthcare plus one year experience.

    OR

    At least two years full-time experience in information technology or healthcare. Healthcare professionals need to have working knowledge of medical records and basic computer skills.
  2. Must have basic computer knowledge and be able to access broadband computer access for online courses. Basic knowledge includes working knowledge of basic office programs such as word, excel and power point; and ability to use an internet browser proficiently including email, downloads and file manipulation.

Admission Procedures

Required Documents

Applications will be viewed on a case by case basis.

Applicants will be notified by email or phone call.

No application fees required.

Cost of the Program

Tuition for each workforce role is $425.

Once a workforce role is completed, a student may take individual courses to complete another workforce role. After successful completion of the first workforce role, each individual course is $75.

Pell Grant and Lottery money is NOT available for this program.

When will this training be available?

Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
Implementation Support Specialist for IT and Health Professionals
Implementation Manager
Practice Workflow
Trainer
Technical/Software Support Specialist for IT and Health Professionals

Contact Katrina Johnson for an updated schedule of workforce roles offered. Email: Katrina.Johnson@fdtc.edu or call 843-661-8221.

How do I apply and get accepted into the program?

If you qualify and are interested in this program, please fill out the Interest Profile form. We will add your name to an email database for updates on the program. If you do not receive initial response information within 72 hours, please email Katrina.Johnson@fdtc.edu. Completion of the Interest Profile form does not register you for any coursework.

If you do not have healthcare or IT education or experience, you do not qualify for the program. We will NOT contact you about the program if you do not have any healthcare or IT experience/education.

Once you have completed and submitted application documentation and have been accepted into the program, tuition is due to reserve your spot. Successful applicants are registered on a first come, first serve basis.

How do I learn more about HITECH programs?

Visit the ONC Website.

Funding for this project was made available through the Office of the National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, award #90CC0078/01, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5: Information Technology Professionals in Health Care, Community College Consortia to Educate Information Technology Professionals in Health Care.

Voucher News

http://www.hitproexams.org/updated-voucher-news/

Have More Questions? E-mail Katrina Johnson at Katrina.Johnson@fdtc.edu.