September 18, 2013
Gwinnett Tech Now Accepting Applicants for Health Information Technology Program
Program is Part of HIT Education Partnership with Georgia Tech;Special Tuition Assistance for Veterans Available
Gwinnett Technical College is now accepting applications for its one-year certificate program in Health Information Technology (HIT), which trains professionals for one of the fastest growing fields in the healthcare sector. The program also offers special funding in the form of tuition stipends for veterans, the underemployed and those unemployed.
GTC is enrolling HIT students until Oct. 1 for a special 8-week term this semester. Classes will begin Oct. 10 and end December 6. For more information:
Applications are also being accepted now for Spring Semester, which begins Jan. 6, 2014. The application deadline is Nov. 6.
Health information technology professionals are responsible for organizing and managing health information data and its secure exchange between all users. They also need to be able to discuss patient information and discrepancies with other professionals, such as physicians and insurance personnel. A fast-growing field, HIT is increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system.
The HIT certificate is designed to prepare graduates to work in one of six different HIT roles where there is expected to be a shortage of HIT professionals. This program is part of a HIT education partnership between Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech, stemming from a $1.65 million tri-agency Jobs Accelerator Grant to boost job creation in the field.
The curriculum will include coursework in those aspects of medicine and IT which equip students to build the information technology world that future medical professionals will need to effectively delivery health services. Examples of courses include Health Management Information Systems and Planning Management and Leadership for Health IT.
The program is particularly suited to those who already have some experience in either information technology or the healthcare industry. Gwinnett Tech program director Victoria Albee describes the ideal candidates for an HIT career, "People who enjoy change, can learn quickly and are excited about bringing their IT or medical experience to a different kind of environment, while still making a tremendous difference in the lives of people."
The Atlanta area is often referred to as the world capital of Health Information Technology. The Georgia-based HIT sector employs some 15,000 people in the state and the sector's primary businesses are growing at a 40 percent rate, reports the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
As the health industry continues to advance, health information professionals can expect to be in high demand to successfully navigate patient data and healthcare research. Approximately 12,000 to 50,000 new jobs are anticipated by 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
GTC also offers an associate degree in Health Information Technology.
In all, Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate student options that students can finish in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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