The HITECH Workforce Development Training Program at Broward College
Broward College is one of three colleges in Florida awarded a grant to provide training in Health Information Technology as part of a national Community College Consortia under the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The HITECH Grant will be ending in a little over a year from now and while this grant lasts, it is a great opportunity for anyone with either a healthcare background, or an information technology (IT) background.
All of the courses are online and there are no learning materials, such as textbooks, software, etc., to purchase. The course is self-contained within the curriculum, which was developed by the following five prestigious universities: Columbia University, Duke University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Oregon Health & Science University, and John Hopkins University.
The purpose of this program is to train individuals to install and maintain electronic health records (EHR). Once students receive the training provided by the College they will receive a certificate of completion and will be qualified to work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, from large hospitals to single provider doctor’s offices.
The federal funding from the grant enables us to offer classes at a highly discounted rate of fifty dollars ($50) per class with 50% reimbursement upon completion of their primary certificate. A bonus is that students will also be qualified to sit for the HIT Pro national competency examination after completing the program. The first 21,700 students who have completed a certificate, nation-wide, will be able to take the national competency examination free of cost.
Training at Broward College’s HITECH Program is provided for the following five health/IT priority workforce roles:
• Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist
• Implementation Manager
• Implementation Support Specialist
• Technical/Software Support Staff
Each workforce role consists of five to seven core courses. There are six to eight secondary courses for each role as well. However once a student completes the core courses, they are eligible to receive their certificate and stipend. Note that the stipend applies to the primary certificate only. However, students may continue in another certificate workforce role if they wish, which would be easy as they would have already taken some of the required courses.