The Catholic University of America

Certificate in Health Information Technology


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.


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.


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