Health Professions

Health Information Technology

Contact Information Phone Numbers Email
LiAnne Webster, Program Administrator 972-238-6038 liannewebster@dcccd.edu

Career Overview

By 2015, healthcare practitioners will be required to have electronic health record (EHR) capability. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Education, and independent studies indicate a shortfall over the next five years of approximately 50,000 qualified health IT workers required to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as they move to adopt electronic health care systems.

A health IT professional is someone who is qualified to support the adoption and implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), information exchange across health care providers and public health authorities, and the redesign of workflows within health care settings to gain the quality and efficiency benefits of EHRs.

Richland College offers the Practice Workflow and Redesign Specialist and Implementation and Technical Support Specialist programs in an intensive online continuing education format designed for self-motivated, experienced health care and IT professionals. Either program can be completed in less than two semesters, based on course availability.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to site for the national competency exam developed by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Graduates may find employment with health care institutions, physician offices, and EHR vendors.

Tuition for Implementation and Technical Support Specialist is $2136.

Tuition for Practice Workflow and Redesign Specialist is $1968.

Prerequisites

  • Completed application packet
  • Resume that reflects background experience in either IT or health care
  • Documentation or assessment of computer skills Windows, MS Office, documentation or assessment of college entry-level academic skills in reading, writing and math.
  • Personal interview with Program Administrator

Registration

Prospective students must submit a completed application, resume and college transcripts or assessment score to LiAnne Webster via email at LiAnneWebster@dcccd.edu, via fax at 972-761-6793 or via mail to 12800 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75243.

This program does not lead to an AAS in Health Information Technology and courses are non-transferable.



Coursework

Implementation and Technical Support Specialist Hours
Language of Healthcare and Public Health (HITT 1006) 32
IT for Health Professionals (HITT 1004)   48
Vendor Specific HIT Systems (HITT 2027) 48
Networking & Health Information Exchange (HITT 2051)                36
Installation & Maintenance of Health IT Systems (HITT 2029)    64
Working with Health IT Systems (HITT 2013)        64
Configuring E.H.R.s (HITT 2011)     64
Total 356

Practice Workflow and Redesign Specialist Hours
Language of Healthcare and Public Health (HITT 1006) 32
IT for Health Professionals (HITT 1004)   48
Vendor Specific HIT Systems (HITT 2027) 48
Networking & Health Information Exchange (HITT 2051)                36
The Culture of Healthcare (HITT 1002)    48
Workflow Analysis & Redesign of Health IT Systems (HITT 2053)       36
Usability & Human Factors in Health Professions (HITT 2024) 32
Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (HITT 2043)                     48
Total 328
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