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Non-Degree Health Information Tech Training

Catawba Valley Community College is now enrolling students in a new non-degree Health Information Training Program. The six-month online program will prepare individuals with knowledge, skills and aptitudes needed to use, install and maintain electronic health records.  

The federal government has mandated that by 2014, all medical records must be converted to electronic format. This will require thousands of newly trained health information technology professionals. These professionals are in high demand, with many, good paying jobs and excellent potential.

The program fills a previously unmet skills gap: those who are experienced IT professionals with little medical knowledge, and those who are competent medical personnel with little information technology background. Delivered in a convenient online format, the program can be completed in six months and is available to a 37-county area in western North Carolina.

The program is an extensive practical/technical training that will develop skills and knowledge needed to work in a health-care field. It is designed to give completers an "edge" in the health-care job market. Successful students will receive a certificate of completion and have their competencies assessed and documented. Completion will also fulfill a major component of the requirements to take the national competency exam.

This program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and is administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of National Coordinator under award number 90CC0078/01.

Many students may qualify for tuition reimbursement.

For more information, visit or contact Donna Gilbert at
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