The Catholic University of America
 

Certificate in Health Information Technology


Overview

The D.C. metropolitan region is at the intersection of the federal government, which is driving reform, and health care organizations, which are implementing new systems and improving efficiencies through the use of health information technology (HIT).  There is an immediate and vast need for highly-skilled HIT workers across the health care industry, with tremendous potential for employment and economic growth in this field; however, there is also a severe skills shortage in the current and prospective workforce. 

Who would most benefit?

This certificate program provides an excellent foundation for those interested in pursuing careers in medical coding, medical billing, electronic health records, health informatics, and similar careers.

Requirements

To earn the Certificate, students must complete seven core courses (21 credits) with a "C" or better. Students who have already completed similar courses at other institutions may apply for transfer credit, but they must complete at least five of the courses at CUA to earn the certificate.

Schedule

Courses are scheduled on an accelerated basis, enabling students to complete the entire program in as little as one calendar year. Courses typically meet either:

  • One evening per week, 5:30 - 9:45 pm, for a half-semester, OR
  • One evening per week, e.g., 6:10 to 8:40 pm, for a full semester. Courses involving more complex concepts and quantitative courses tend to meet on this schedule.
To complete the Certificate in a calendar year, students would normally take, for example, one full-semester course (meeting, e.g., every Tuesday evening for the full semester) and two half-semester courses (meeting, e.g., on Thursday evenings - one in the first half of the semester, and another meeting during the second half of the semester). Typically, credits earned toward a certificate program may be applied toward CUA's bachelor's degree programs as well.

Gainful Employment Data

The Department of Education requires that schools post Gainful Employment Data for certain types of programs, including this one.  The required information on this program is available here.
 

Required Courses

Course Number Title Description
MIS 201
Introduction to Health Informatics

Introduces students to the application of information technology concepts in health care environments.  Topics addressed include the development of the field of informatics, types of information systems used in health care, data standards, classifications and coding systems, and nomenclature, and uses of information systems in addressing clinical and managerial issues in health care.

MIS 204
Medical Terminology and Anatomy for HIT

This course deals with issues and trends in the field of health informatics, with primary emphasis on elements of medical terminology.  Students become familiar with the anatomy of, and the terminology related to, the following body systems: musculoskeletal, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary, male and female reproductive, blood, lymphatic, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, mental and behavioral health, special senses such as eye and ear, and endocrine.  

MIS 206
Medical Coding and Billing I

This course deals with issues and trends in the field of health informatics, with primary emphasis on elements of medical terminology.  Students become familiar with the anatomy of, and the terminology related to, the following body systems: musculoskeletal, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary, male and female reproductive, blood, lymphatic, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, mental and behavioral health, special senses such as eye and ear, and endocrine.  Part I: Emphasizes medical coding.

MIS 207
Medical Coding and Billing II This course deals with issues and trends in the field of health informatics, with primary emphasis on elements of medical terminology.  Students become familiar with the anatomy of, and the terminology related to, the following body systems: musculoskeletal, integumentary, gastrointestinal, urinary, male and female reproductive, blood, lymphatic, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, mental and behavioral health, special senses such as eye and ear, and endocrine.  Part II: Emphasizes medical billing.
MIS 208
Electronic Health Records I
Introduces the concepts and functions, as well as technological requirements and challenges, of electronic health records.  Addresses the importance of EHRs to the healthcare industry, implementation of EHR systems, privacy and security considerations, health information technology standards, and software options.  Medical office procedures, requirements, and customer service are also addressed.  Part I.
MIS 209
Electronic Health Records II Introduces the concepts and functions, as well as technological requirements and challenges, of electronic health records.  Addresses the importance of EHRs to the healthcare industry, implementation of EHR systems, privacy and security considerations, health information technology standards, and software options.  Medical office procedures, requirements, and customer service are also addressed. Part II.
MBU 165
Business Communication This course helps develop knowledge of, and skills in, effective communication by exposing students to development of written and oral communication skills.  The course focuses on preparing and delivering oral presentations, writing business documents, emails and communiques, and looking at basic budgeting and reporting. 

 

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