Program CoordinatorKathleen Collins719-549-3241HITECH@pueblocc.edu
According to Indeed.com the average income for employment in the HIT Network Security field, in healthcare is between $15 and $38 per hour, depending on education, training, and experience.
Program Start Term: Every Semester
Average Class Size: 30
Program Length: 4 Semesters (Full-Time)
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Course Availability: Hybrid & Online
Program Locations: Pueblo, Fremont, Durango, Mancos
Career InformationThe types of careers available for students graduating with this certificate will be in the area of (HIT) Network Specialist, Systems Technical Support Specialist, Security Administrator, Support Administrator, Security Network Administrator, Network Securities Specialist, Network Security Consultant, Healthcare Software Design Support Specialist, HIT Healthcare Software Trainer.
What Will I LearnThis program emphasizes HIT (Health Information Technology) Network Security which prepares students for a role in technical or network security support. It also promotes skills in supporting (technically) the planning and implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), in accordance with specified governmental mandates. Opportunities for this role, include interaction with end users (in-patient short term care facilities, private practices, ambulatory care, skilled nursing, etc.) in support of the use of electronic health records, and in the maintenance and support of EHR systems, system wide (network) communication, and will ultimately support the networks utilized to support health information exchange (HIE). As a vital new area in healthcare, it offers the opportunity to have several national certifications, which is vital for employment in today’s healthcare field.
This certificate will provide exposure to these areas in Health Information Technology: Medical Vocabulary, healthcare workflow, multiple courses in computer systems, programming, networking, healthcare software, data encryption, wireless networks, networking and health information exchange, firewalls and network security, guide to IT disaster recovery, and a field internship experience.
Our Experienced FacultyOur faculty has years of industry experience and are members in several different types of national professional associations and/or organizations, and many of our faculty members have certifications in their field (Health Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer and Network Technology, and Cyber Security).
Our Cutting Edge FacilitiesWe have worked to build many of our courses from classroom to hybrid and more recently toward fully online courses, utilizing many established educational formats for the delivery of the most current information (Webinars, Video, Links for current healthcare information updated almost daily, Use of Simulated Electronic Health Record Systems, Interactive online activities for student participation, etc.). As we move to an all online format, our program will be available to all students anywhere, with online access.
PCC was one of five colleges, who participated in the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) Grant promoting Health Information Technology (2010-2012). At this time, we are the only community college who has participated in this grant; to build an entire program based on the projected ongoing need for healthcare workers, in the field of health information technology.
This certificate will also allow students an educational pathway to an HIT Associates of Applied Science Degree, if completion is desired.