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Health Information Technology: Career Studies Certificate

Health IT is the area of Information Technology involving the design, development, creation, use and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry.

For more HIT information contact the Administrative Assistant for HIM at 703.822.6570.



About the Health IT Program

Health Information Technology (Health IT) is the area of Information Technology (IT) involving the design, development, creation, use and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry.

Health IT professionals provide the umbrella framework to manage health information across computerized systems and its secure exchange between consumers, providers, government and quality entities and insurers.

Health IT is increasingly viewed as the most promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system. Health IT will help to decrease the incidence rate of medical errors, reduce healthcare costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork and expand access to healthcare consumers.

NOVA designed a program for Healthcare and IT professionals to ensure they have the skills and knowledge needed for them to be leaders in the nationwide transition to Electronic Health Records.

Electronic Health Records (EHR) are the central component of the Health IT infrastructure. An EHR is an individual's official, digital health record and can be securely shared among multiple facilities and agencies. Through the use of EHR, health providers have access to vital patient data such as medical history, lab results, medical images and patient billing information. This discipline conveys the integration of information technology into healthcare to support the workflow and business objectives of clinicians.

The Health IT Career Studies Certificate program consists of 10 courses, totaling 23 credits. All courses are offered online. The program is designed to be completed in one year by full-time students. Participants will receive training in Electronic Health Records through Virtual Labs in specific courses.

This program does not require prior experience or knowledge of the healthcare or IT field.

Note: The Health IT Career Studies Certificate Program is currently eligible for Financial Aid.

To learn more about the exciting field of Health Information Technology in our region, click here.

Application Requirements
  • Complete the online NOVA application.
  • Submit the Health IT Career Studies Application
  • Complete the Participant Enrollment Form
  • If applicable, submit official transcripts from other colleges along with a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request. Allow four to six weeks for U.S. college transcripts to be officially evaluated and eight to 10 weeks for international transcripts to be evaluated and posted to your student record. To ensure there are no holds on your transcript evaluation, please include any former names on your request for evaluation.
  • Return these documents by Mail to:

    Medical Education Campus
    Northern Virginia Community College
    HIT Department, Room 302
    6699 Springfield Center Drive
    Springfield, VA 22150-1913

    Phone: 703.822.6570
What is the HIT Career Studies Certificate Program?
This curriculum is designed to train students to become competent in all aspects of workflow process analysis and redesign as it relates to adoption, implementation, maintenance, and optimization phases of the transition to the use of an electronic health records system.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants must also meet NOVA general admission requirements. Program candidates are also required to watch the online Program Information Session and adhere to the pre-requisite requirements stated.
When will the program be available for students?
The program starts every Fall and Spring semester. Applications are accepted year round.
What are the academic requirements?
Students admitted to the program must maintain at minimum a ‘C’ grade in each course or better to continue the program sequence. Students who earn below ‘C’ grades in a course must repeat that course and earn a higher grade before they will be permitted to continue the HIT course sequence. Two failing grades in the program will result in student removal.
How many credits is the HIT Career Studies Program?
Twenty-three total credit hours.
How long does this program take to complete?
The program is designed to be completed in as little as two academic semesters.
Can any of the courses be waived?
The one credit hour ‘Introduction to Medical Terminology’ course may be waived for licensed health care professionals only.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition and any required course materials are the financial responsibility of the student; current tuition information can be found on the NOVA website.
Are the classes offered online?
Yes, courses are offered online. Please visit NOVA’s Blackboard tutorial website for review.
Is there job placement for program graduates?
A Student Navigator is available to work with students to ensure they receive the best possible opportunity for employment upon completion of the program.