Clinical Health Informatics Specialist [Certificate]


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The Program – Clinical Health Informatics Specialist Certificate

Students who complete the Clinical Health Informatics Certificate at MTC are prepared to take the A+ Certification exam through CompTIA. “As the nation moves toward industry-wide adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a shortage of about 50,000 qualified health IT workers to meet the needs of hospitals and healthcare affiliates. Health Information Management is the body of knowledge and practice that ensures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines. Health Information Technology is a blend between business, science, and information technologies.

Important Information for Program

If you love computers and want to play a crucial role in health care, consider this every-changing and growing field. Learn to test, troubleshoot, and install critical programs and support electronic medical records.


This program is designed to prepare students for an ever-changing and constantly growing field. Students will cover a wide range of topics including health information management, IT Essentials (A+ Certification), health technology systems, health information governance, cybersecurity, medical terminology, the electronic health record, computer applications, continuous quality improvement, health informatics, coding, healthcare statistics, healthcare reimbursement, continuous quality improvement, resource management, and legal issues. They will receive hands-on experience with the newest technological innovations available in the Health Information field.

The Health Information Technology associate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Graduates of the MTC program qualify for accreditation in the health information management field by passing the national certification examination requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Who is the CAHIMS credential for?

  • Individuals looking to work in a healthcare setting or mid-level professionals seeking a career change
  • Those who want to learn more about health IT, including clinicians
  • Non-IT professionals, working in other departments, who work as an extension of the IT department
  • Those enrolled in an academic program at the undergraduate or graduate level, i.e. healthcare informatics, CAHME-accredited programs, Masters in Healthcare Administration, or other students
  • Veterans returning from active duty.

What you’ll learn

You’ll also have hands-on experience with the newest technological healthcare innovations and direct clinical experience in area healthcare facilities.

  • Select hardware and software and use software applications and technology in the completion of Health Information Management processes.
  • Participate in the planning, design, selection, implementation, integration, testing, evaluation, and support for EHRs including the installation, usage, and maintenance of the EHRs.
  • Apply knowledge of database architecture and design (such as data dictionary) to meet departmental needs.
  • Use appropriate electronic or imaging technology for data/record storage.
  • Query and generate reports to facilitate information retrieval using appropriate software.
  • Assess workflows, work with vendors, install and test systems, diagnose IT problems, and train staff on systems
  • Apply legal principles, policies, regulations, and standards for the control, use, and dissemination of healthcare information.
  • Apply principles of supervision and leadership and the tools used to effectively manage human, financial, and physical resources.
  • Recognize and problem-solve situations within the healthcare environment.

Application Process

Limited Enrollment

To apply for acceptance into the Health Information Technology program, your application file should contain the following:

  1. MTC Application for Admission and nonrefundable application fee.
  2. American College Test (ACT) scores with a minimum composite score of 18, or successful completion of college-level required program courses with a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Successful completion of the ACT or Basic Skills Assessment (Next Gen Accuplacer) in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  4. Final high school transcript (or GED results) and college transcripts (if applicable).
  5. A minimum 2.5 accumulative grade point average (GPA) in high school or college-level courses (whichever is most recent).
  6. Completed Health Information Technology application.

If required, College Foundation courses are available to help you meet any specialized program admission requirements.

A complete listing of all requirements and policies/procedures for the program is available in the Health Information Technology Handbook.


For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu

Or you may contact:

Kaley Haas, RHIT
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt Vernon Ave.
Marion, Oh 43302


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