CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY2019 - 2020
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE
Award: Certificate in Health Information Technology
No. of credits required: 
24
For more information: Contact Prof. Sherry Massoni, 443-412-2645, smassoni@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This certificate is designed to enable students to obtain requisite knowledge, skills, and competencies in the challenging healthcare field and be prepared to sit for the CompTIA HIT certification exam.

Marylandís Health Information Technology Workforce reports the following competencies necessary for HIT positions:

  • Critical thinking: focus on the big picture and problem solving
  • Clinical integration/interoperability: identifying tools and techniques to improve collaboration regarding patient care
  • Informatics: apply data to improvements in outcomes regarding clinical care
  • Applications: ability to use specific IT tools and applications
  • Project management and leadership: ability to manage workflow and lead diverse, interdisciplinary teams
  • Customer relations and service, including patient engagement
  • Communication skills: listening, writing, speaking
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to new trends and technologies
  • Change management and process improvement
  • Security and privacy issues
  • Reporting and compliance issues

PROGRAM GOALS
Students who successfully complete the Health Information Certificate will be able to:

  1. Use the language of health information technology and demonstrate effective and professional communication skills in a healthcare setting.
  2. Apply technology skills required of healthcare professionals.
  3. Examine various healthcare information system technologies and project management methodologies.
  4. Demonstrate problem-solving skills to use healthcare information effectively, ethically, and legally.
  5. Describe the general functions, purposes and benefits of database management systems in healthcare organizations.
  6. Apply database knowledge in data exchange and information sharing.

REQUIRED COURSES
 NumberTitle Credits
 BA 101Introduction to Business 3   
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3   
 CIS 135Introduction to Networks 3   
 CIS 210Fundamentals of Network Security 3   
 CIS 161Introduction to Health Information Systems 3   
 CIS 162Database Management in Healthcare 3   
 OS 140Fundamentals of Healthcare 3   
 AHS 101Medical Terminology and Ethics 
               or
 BIO 108Human Body in Health and Disease
               or
 OS 273Cooperative Education III: Office Systems 3   
 Total Credits24  

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
According to the latest projected employment data from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, opportunities should be best for applicants with an extensive knowledge base in healthcare information data management and related computer software application skills. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, HIT employment is expected to increase by 13% by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, as the demand for health services increase as our population ages. Plus, an emphasis on electronic medical records is a key focus of healthcare reform.

 

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
To earn a certificate from HCC, students must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018; and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.