PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is accepting applications for the second cohort of its non-credit, six-month online course in health information technology. Students can choose classroom or online instruction for the spring 2011 semester. For students interested in traditional classroom instruction, classes begin February 14 at CCAC–West Hills Center. For students interested in online instruction, classes begin April 18.
Through a $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CCAC has partnered with Tidewater Community College (TCC) in Hampton Roads, Va., as part of a consortium to educate up to 7,500 information technology professionals in healthcare through the next two years at no cost to those who qualify.
CCAC will offer two core courses, Implementation Manager and Trainer, to registered students. Implementation managing will focus on working with physicians, nurses and clerical personnel to design an effective transition from working in a paper environment to using electronic records. The Trainer course will teach personnel about using electronic health records and will provide backup to keep patient-centered activities as the primary focus in the office throughout the transition. The program as a whole is designed for individuals with a background in IT, healthcare or a related field. It is divided into six courses, with each course lasting approximately one month.
This modernized program provides students with unique qualifications that can set them apart in the job market and offers an opportunity to those interested in retraining to reenter the workforce. The program offers students the opportunity to be trained quickly, is eco-friendly by being completely paperless and is tuition-free.
The goal of the TCC-led program is to educate an average of 150 students each year at each school to implement and unify electronic health records. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, this program will help to expand educational opportunities and improve the nation’s health care delivery system.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.