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  • HIT Management & Support
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    Program Coordinator
    Kathleen Collins

  • Did You Know?

    According to Indeed.com the average income for employment in the HIT Implementation/Informatics/Trainer field, in healthcare is between $19 and $45 per hour, depending on education, training, and experience.

  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Every Semester

    Award: AAS, Certificate

    Average Class Size: 25

    Program Length: 4-7 Semesters (Full-Time)

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Both

    Course Availability: Online

    Program Locations: Online (Administration in Pueblo)

  • Career Information
    Health information technology in the area of HIT Management and Support is a specialized field within the computer and information technology sector.  The types of careers available for students graduating as an Implementation Management and Support Specialist (CHTS-IM or CHTS-IS) will be entry-level in positions such as: HIT Implementation Specialist, Informatics Specialist, Informatics Trainer, Implementation and Support Trainer, Project Management, Implementation Support Specialist. 

    HIT Management and Support professionals support the selection, implementation, upgrading, and/or training of staff in electronic health records and related systems, in diverse healthcare setting. This could include:

    • Support in the identification and selection of information systems (electronic health records, practice management system, etc.)
    • The expansion and interoperability of a current system including consultation with clinical staff (documentation/workflow needs), risk or compliance management (privacy needs) and IT staff (existing system or future requirements)
    • Request for Proposals, negotiation, policies and procedures, etc.
    • Assistance with or completion of training for staff (clinical/administrative personnel)

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics: Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. More support services will be needed as organizations continue to upgrade their computer equipment and software. 

    Depending on the source, the starting wage for Computer Network Support Specialists (of which HIT is one specific industry segment) is between $34K and $46K per year.

    With increased experience and continued education, graduates may be able to evolve in their careers to Analyst, Administrator, Management, and other advanced positions. 

    What Will I Learn
    This program emphasizes HIT (Health Information Technology) Management and Support which prepares students for a leadership role in the planning, implementation, updating, and changing software systems for electronic health records, in accordance with governmental mandates.  It also promotes skills in training in the use of electronic health records.  As an integral part of the healthcare industry, this program provides the opportunity to prepare and test for national certifications (CHTS-IS, CHTS-IM); and, therefore, creates an important advantage in pursuing employment in today’s healthcare field.

    The program provides exposure to the following Health Information Technology areas: medical vocabulary, healthcare workflow, quality management, legal aspects of health records, and computer courses in programming, networks, configuration, healthcare software, working with health information technology systems, and additionally, offers a field internship experience.

    The computer information systems classes are taught by the Computer Information Systems Department, whose program has been awarded the prestigious designation of “National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education” by the National Security Agency of the United States of America (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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    Our Experienced Faculty
    Our faculty has years of industry experience and are all AHIMA members, and many of our faculty members have certifications in their field (HIT, Management, CIS).

    Our Cutting Edge Facilities
    We 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.

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