Health Informatics

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Program Description

The Health Informatics curriculum focuses on training for administrative health care positions such as medical coders and insurance specialists, as well as an introductions to clinical professions such as nursing and Licensed Nurse Assistants (LNA).  This course offers the availability of six college credits, assigns college-level reading and vocabulary and is academically rigorous in an effort to prepare students for the challenges of the workplace or to further pursue a medical career at the collegiate level.  The business of medicine expects professional staff members to be trained in both interpersonal and technical skills, therefore 21st century workplace skills are also emphasized.  Job shadows and field placements provide experience and on-the-job training in health care offices and hospital settings.  These practical experiences are vital in developing a sense of realism for the coursework, student exposure to the medical industry, and to provide excellent networking opportunities.

Curriculum Components

  • Anatomy and Physiology (Advanced Placement)
  • Medical Terminology (College credit opportunity)
  • Computer Applications (College credit opportunity)
  • Health Insurance
  • Medical Coding
  • Business English
  • First Aid/CPR/AED and Bloodborne Pathogens Certifications
  • 21st Century professional skills training

High School Credits

One Anatomy and Physiology, one math, and 4 electives

Dual Enrollment Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, students who pass the Accuplacer assessment, register with the college, and receive a B or better in the class, and complete all associated college materials, may earn six college credits.  Three Community College of Vermont credits are awarded for Medical Terminology and three Vermont Technical College credits are awarded for Information Processing.

What’s Next/Employment in the Field:

Health Care CareersUpon successful completion of this program, students may be interested in pursuing a clinical health career with an advanced college degree or in applying immediately for a position in administrative health care. Former students are now working as: nurses, LNA’s, insurance billing specialist, medical coders, compliance staff, clinical assistants and even veterinary technologists.