M State uses new online certificate program [UPDATED]Published 9:36am Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Updated 11:37am Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is responding to changing needs in the health information technology field with a new 30-credit certificate program being offered through its online eCampus.
The Health Information: Technology Specialist certificate provides training in the use of information technology to improve the handling of patient health records. The certificate is designed both for health care professionals already working in HIT or IT, and for students who are currently enrolled in an HIT, IT or computer programming program.
Demand for workers in the HIT field is being driven by recent federal legislation, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and by implementation of the newly revised international medical classification system known as ICD-10.
The use of information technology is mandated with the goal of improving the handling of electronic medical records, and regional employers serving on M State’s Health Information Technology AAS advisory board advocated for the creation of this new certificate program.
By offering the Health Information – Technology Specialist certificate online through its eCampus, M State makes it possible for busy students and professionals to complete the certificate without driving to a campus for courses. The certificate program will be offered beginning in fall 2013.
For more information, visit www.minnesota.edu/programs or call 877-450-3322.