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Wisconsin Universities Offering Health IT Degree

April 9, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The State of Wisconsin, recognizing the growth of health IT, is offering a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) through a consortium of University of Wisconsin campuses, coordinated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The universities are the UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, and UW-Stevens Point. In addition, UW-La Crosse will contribute courses.

“This is a very timely degree. The employment outlook is extremely positive for highly skilled professionals in the health information management and technology field,” David Schejbal, dean of the UW-Extension’s online and continuing education division, said in a statement. “The new program addresses the state’s shortage of 4-year degree holders in this field.”

Applications for fall 2012 are currently being accepted. There will be two tracks to prepare students for a career in health IT. The technology track prepares students for IT roles in the healthcare, health insurance and governmental fields. It’s the foundation for positions from health data analysis to insurance claims coordinator. The management track prepares students to be leaders in providing better patient care, administering computer information systems and managing patient information.

Courses are fully online, and returning students who have already completed the first 60 credits of undergraduate work or have an associate degree can complete the program in as little as two years.

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