College & Community Relations

Aims launches third certificate to train workers for the age of electronic medical records

Submitted on: 12-15-2010

Aims Community College now has another way for people to get trained in the growing field of digital healthcare records. The college has launched a third certificate in Health Information Technology under a grant from the Department of Health and Humans Services. Health Information Technology Design rounds out the certificate programs established this past fall semester, adding to Health Informatics for Practitioners and Health Information Technology Trainer. The certificates will help students and employers fill the demand for expertise in digitizing medical records, which is based on requirements established by the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the HITECH Act requires medical records to be digitized by 2015. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the need for 51,000 skilled workers in this area over the next 5 years if these requirements are to be met. 
The HITD certificate is designed to train those with a background in project management, information technology or healthcare on how to design and implement a successful electronic medical records process for an organization. The HIP program is designed for clinicians in healthcare who would like to apply their skills to the growing field of electronic medical records. The HITT certificate is designed to teach current managers, information technology specialists and healthcare workers how to train others in digital records management. The three programs are each offered in a single-semester online format, allowing students to quickly enter the workforce with the precise skills needed to bring medical organizations into compliance with HITECH Act. For more information, visit or contact Janet Chase at (970) 339-6284 or

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