Health information technology puts you in a growing industry where there's a strong career outlook for individuals with skills and knowledge to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and information security standards, and professional best-practice guidelines.
The HIT specialist diploma is designed for incumbent workers who are currently employed in either the healthcare or information technology fields and hold a college degree. The classes provide a basic knowledge of the skills required to implement electronic health records (EHRs) in the healthcare environment. The hands-on skills provide the student with the knowledge, skills and competencies that he/she does not already possess. For example, a person entering the program with a healthcare background would concentrate on obtaining IT skills and workflow redesign capabilities rather than on content knowledge related to healthcare, which they already have. The same applies to individuals with IT skills who have little or no healthcare experience.
Students who are pursuing a different degree may also wish to enrich or add to their existing skill set by completing health information technology classes; however, HIT courses are not meant to take the place of other classes within a student’s degree program.