Bellevue College summer healthcare IT certificate courses begin July 1

Date posted: June 5, 2014

Growing field in need of certified specialists as healthcare providers move to electronic health records 

Bellevue, WASH – Health IT, a fast-growing, high-demand field, is projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow by 20 percent through 2018.

To meet this growing demand, Bellevue College, a leader in Health IT, will offer two short-term, online certificates to help speed deployment of job-ready candidates in the rapidly expanding health IT sector. The certificates, CAHIMS (Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems) and Healthcare Data Analyst, are the result of a partnership between BC, BC Continuing Education, the Department of Labor and HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society).

BC and Continuing Education will offer these online, instructor-led courses to help transitioning military and veterans, students and professionals working in healthcare, IT, and health IT to advance in this rapidly growing field. Demand for professionals in these fields has been on the rise, in part due to the mandate for all health care providers to switch to electronic health records by 2014. Summer quarter classes start July 1.

CAHIMS coursework provides candidates with a strong foundation in health IT and understanding of the unique set of parameters of health IT (patient safety and confidentiality, quality of care and operational efficiencies, EHRs, interoperability, etc.). The program ultimately prepares students for the industry certification exam for HIMSS CAHIMS certification.

“TIAG (The Informatics Applications Group) and its customers value the CAHIMS because it distinguishes a candidate as someone who can successfully navigate the daunting array of healthcare information and management challenges. The CAHIMS guarantees to the customer a body of knowledge that they instantly recognize will provide best practices and success strategies for their operations,” said Don Houpt, project manager at The Informatics Applications Group. “The certificate also helps jumpstart career opportunities in the healthcare environment, even for those without an IT background.”

Similarly, the Healthcare Data Analyst certificate will provide working professionals with advanced tools that support clinical, financial, operational, and quality analytics applications in healthcare settings. Analytics is considered the “next big thing” in healthcare, creating new opportunities and challenges, and a need for trained professionals with analytics skills as they apply to the healthcare sector.

To learn more or to enroll, please visit: hiteducation.org/bc-students, or contact Shanon Magnusson: 425-564-2979; informatics@bellevuecollege.edu.