SUNY Adirondack launches new Healthcare IT Technician (HIT) Certificate program

QUEENSBURY -- SUNY Adirondack announced today (January 31, 2013) the launch of a new Healthcare Information Technology Technician (HIT) certificate. The new Continuing Education program offers convenient and affordable access to a program designed specifically to meet a growing component of New York’s health care industry.

“Ten of the twenty fastest growing occupations in the United States are healthcare-related,” said Denise Brucker, SUNY Adirondack’s Director of Continuing Education. “We recognize the importance of this expanding sector and the new HIT certificate is just one of the ways that we’re working to prepare individuals for decent paying career opportunities.”

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 requires paper records in U.S. medical facilities to be converted to electronic records by 2015. Additionally, it requires all medical facilities to employ at least one certified healthcare IT specialist, leading many healthcare organizations to increase hiring of HIT specialists during this transition period. SUNY Adirondack’s HIT program will prepare individuals to be familiar with U.S. regulatory requirements, healthcare terminology and acronyms, HIT workflow, and U.S. code of conduct policies to support electronic health records.

SUNY Adirondack’s HIT program offers ongoing open enrollment, with program start dates beginning the first Wednesday of each month.  The program can be completed in as few as 60 days, quickly preparing individuals for employment in the field. All instruction is provided online in partnership with CompTIA, a non-profit trade association that specializes in healthcare information technology. Tuition is $1,625 and includes textbooks, reading assignments, and 180 days of online resource access. Those interested in being among the first to enroll should contact Leza Wood, Coordinator of Workforce and Professional Development at 518-832-7604 or woodl@sunyacc.edu.

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