Spokane Community College
Spokane Community College (SCC) is a public 2-year college in Spokane, WA. It evolved from a high school print class offered in 1916 to the Spokane Technical and Vocational School. In 1963, it was reestablished as Spokane Community College. In the 2009-2010 academic year, it awarded 1,777 professional certificates and associate's degrees.
SCC offers health information technology programs through its Health and Environmental Sciences Department. The department has three divisions, including the Allied Health Division, which offers the certificate and degree programs in health informatics and health information technology. The certificate program takes one year to complete; the associate's degree program typically takes two years.
Health Information Technology Programs
Certificate of Attendance in Health Informatics
The non-credit program is offered online. Applicants are expected to have some education or experience in either information technology (IT) or health care; the program offers a track for each background. Students from IT backgrounds take courses in the U.S. health care system and medical terminology. Students from health care backgrounds take courses in computer theory and IT applications. Both tracks require courses in health care improvement, workflow analysis and IT usability.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education accredits the program. Students take courses in ambulatory care facility, medical coding, health record systems, management information systems, health care organization management, anatomy, physiology and legal issues in health care. A clinical seminar and clinical practice are required in the program's final semester. One hundred and three credit hours are required to complete the program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), students who complete an accredited 2-year program in this field are generally eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association.