Healthcare Informatics

Healthcare Informatics

  • New program offering
  • Individualized attention
  • Evening/weekend format
  • A.A.S., B.S. & certificate offerings
  • Variety of career paths
  • Rapidly growing profession

The A.A.S. degree program in Healthcare Informatics focuses on the management, analysis and reporting on data and information from healthcare systems including hospitals, medical offices, health insurance plans, government healthcare providers and medical research, with the goal of using such data to improve patient care delivery.  Students are prepared to turn healthcare data into useful information which will help improve patient care and enhance fiscal and system efficiencies.  This is accomplished by creating or implementing databases and other technology systems, recommending informatics solutions, and effectively collecting, storing, and accessing medical data for operational assessment.  Students will understand and use data interfaces within and amongst healthcare departments and providers.  They will operate in a support role to existing systems and workflows within health informatics settings.

Graduates of this program will develop skills leading to positions as Healthcare Informatics Data Analysts, Research Assistants and Systems Analysts.

Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma with a minimum overall average of 80% or a GED with a score of 2625.
  • High school courses in Biology and Algebra. Those lacking one or more of the high school courses must take a college equivalent course and receive a grade of 2.0.  These courses must be taken prior to the start of the first semester or within the first semester of study.
  • A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer credit.
  • All incoming students will be required to purchase and bring to class a laptop computer running the most current version of Windows software or its equivalent.  As computer specifications change rapidly, the exact specifications for the laptop computer will be provided to students at the time of their admission into the program.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • A total of 71/73 academic credits, 12 of which are in the academic major with 32 credits in Liberal Arts. Up to 15 credits can be transferred into the program for the academic core courses and 15 credits for Liberal Arts.  Candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree have no limit on the number of Liberal Arts course credits for transfer based on individual transcript review.
  • Candidates who have work experience in the fields of computer science, engineering, business, or healthcare may qualify for course credit.
  • A student may earn up to 15 credits through the college level examination program. (CLEP), Excelsior Exams and DSST exams.  A student cannot duplicate earned credit though an exam.  In sequential courses a student who has taken a higher level course cannot earn credit by taking an exam for a lower level course.

    CurriculumCurriculum

    Fall I

    17.0 / 19.0 Credits
    BU132 Information Technology I 3
    HCI 101 Healthcare Systems & Operations 3
    HCI 102 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 3
    ENG 101 English Composition 3
    CNA 105 Introduction to Computer Networking 4
    GS 100 or GS 102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3

    Spring I

    18.0 Credits
    BU 106 Business Communications 3
    HIT 103 Health Information Systems 2
    HCI 200 Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
    BIO 130/130L Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab 4
    MA 107 Logical Reasoning & Decision Making 3
    EN 200 Advanced Composition 3

    Fall II

    19.0 Credits
    BU 207 Introduction to Management 3
    HIT 202 Healthcare Data Analysis 2
    MB 265 Insurance Reimbursement & Processing 4
    BIO 131/131L Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab 4
    MA 200 Statistics 3
    PSY 101 General Psychology 3

    Spring II

    17.0 Credits
    BU 300 Project Management I 3
    HIT 208 Quality Assessment & Improvement 2
    HCI 210 Healthcare Informatics Data Standards 3
    PH 205 Ethics in Healthcare 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3

    Contact

    Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

    HEGIS Code Number 5199
    Kimberly Storfer, RDH, BSM, HCA/INF Program Developer
    716.827.4312

    The B.S. degree program in Healthcare Informatics focuses on the management, analysis and reporting on data and information from healthcare systems including hospitals, medical offices, health insurance plans, government healthcare providers and medical research, with the goal of using such data to improve patient care delivery.  Students are prepared to turn healthcare data into useful information which will help improve patient care and enhance fiscal and system efficiencies.  This is accomplished by creating or implementing databases and other technology systems, recommending informatics solutions, and effectively collecting, storing, and accessing medical data for operational assessment.  Students will understand and use data interfaces within and amongst healthcare departments and providers.

    In addition to learning how to analyze, synthesize, and report on healthcare data and information, graduates of this program will develop management and technical skills leading to positions including Decision Support Managers, Project Managers, Project Designers, and/or Research Managers.

    Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

    Admission Requirements:

    • High school diploma with a minimum overall average of 80% or a GED with a score of 2625.
    • High school courses in Biology and Algebra.
    • Those lacking one or more of the high school courses must take a college equivalent course and receive a grade of 2.0.  These courses must be taken prior to the start of the first semester or within the first semester of study.
    • A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer credit.
    • All incoming students will be required to purchase and bring to class a laptop computer running the most current version of Windows software or its equivalent.  As computer specifications change rapidly, the exact specifications for the laptop computer will be provided to students at the time of their admission into the program.

    Minimum Degree Requirements:

    • A total of 131/133 academic credits, 30 of which are in the academic major with 71 credits in Liberal Arts. Up to 30 credits can be transferred into the program for the academic core courses and 30 credits for Liberal Arts.  Candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree have no limit on the number of Liberal Arts course credits for transfer based on individual transcript review.
    • Candidates who have work experience in the fields of computer science, engineering, business, or healthcare may qualify for course credit.
    • A student may earn up to 30 credits through the college level examination program. (CLEP), Excelsior Exams and DSST exams.  A student cannot duplicate earned credit though an exam.  In sequential courses a student who has taken a higher level course cannot earn credit by taking an exam for a lower level course.

    CurriculumCurriculum

    Fall I

    17.0 / 19.0 Credits
    BU 132 Information Technology I 3
    HCI 101 Healthcare Systems & Operations 3
    HCI 102 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 3
    EN 101 English Composition 3
    CNA 105 Introduction to Computer Networking 4
    GS 100 or GS 102 College Seminar or College Success 1 / 3

    Spring I

    18.0 Credits
    BU 106 Business Communications 3
    HIT 103 Health Information Systems 2
    HCI 200 Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
    BIO 130/130L Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab 4
    EN 200 Advanced Composition 3
    MA 107 Logical Reasoning & Decision Making 3

    Fall II

    19.0 Credits
    BU 207 Introduction to Management 3
    HIT 202 Healthcare Data Analysis 2
    MB 265 Insurance Reimbursement & Processing 4
    BIO 131/131L Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab 4
    PSY 101 General Psychology 3
    MA 200 Statistics 3

    Spring II

    17.0 Credits
    BU 300 Project Management I 3
    HIT 208 Quality Assessment & Improvement 2
    HCI 210 Healthcare Informatics Data Standards 3
    PH 205 Ethics in Healthcare 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3

    Fall III

    15.0 Credits
    HCI 300 Business Systems & Design in Healthcare 3
    HCI 310 Healthcare Administration & Management 3
    EN 300 Public Relations Writing 3
    BU 400 Project Management II 3
    Social Science Elective 3

    Spring III

    15.0 Credits
    HCI 320 Healthcare Leadership & Change Management 3
    HCI 330 Clinical Decision Support 3
    PSY 320 Research Methods: Techniques & Designs 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3

    Fall IV

    15.0 Credits
    HCI 400 Database Healthcare Management Systems 3
    MA 455 Quantitative Research Methods 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Electives 6

    Spring IV

    15.0 Credits
    HCI 410 Healthcare Informatics Practicum 3
    PH 350 Topics in Bioethics 3
    Social Science Elective 3
    Humanities Electives 6

    Contact

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
    HEGIS Code Number 0702
    Kimberly Storfer, RDH, BSM, HCA/INF, Program Developer
    716.827.4312

    The Certificate program in Healthcare Informatics focuses on the management, analysis and reporting on data and information from healthcare systems including hospitals, medical offices, health insurance plans, government healthcare providers and medical research, with the goal of using such data to improve patient care delivery.  Students are prepared to turn healthcare data into useful information which will help improve patient care and enhance fiscal and system efficiencies.  This is accomplished by creating or implementing databases and other technology systems, recommending informatics solutions, and effectively collecting, storing, and accessing medical data for operational assessment.  Students will understand and use data interfaces within and amongst healthcare departments and providers.

    The certificate program is designed for those who have earned a bachelor's degree in healthcare, engineering, business or computer science.  Depending on the baccalaureate previously obtained, upon graduation from the certificate program students may enter professional fields in Nursing Informatics, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Informatics, or Bioinformatics.  Graduates will be prepared to sit for exams as a Certified Healthcare Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems.

    Program HighlightsProgram Highlights

    Admission Requirements:

    • Minimum of a Baccalaureate degree typically in the fields of healthcare, business, engineering or computer science.
    • High school or college level Biology and Algebra.
    • A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer credit.
    • All incoming students will be required to purchase and bring to class a laptop computer running the most current version of Windows software or its equivalent.  As computer specifications change rapidly, the exact specifications for the laptop computer will be provided to students at the time of their admission into the program.

    Minimum Degree Requirements:

    • The Healthcare Informatics certificate program requires a total of 36 credits.  A total of 15 credits (no more than 50%) can be transferred into the program through college study or work experience in the fields of computer science, engineering, business or healthcare.  These credits may be earned through the College Level Examination program (CLEP), Excelsior Exams and or DANTES College Examinations (DSST).  A student cannot duplicate earned credit through an exam.  In sequential courses a student who has taken a higher level course cannot earn credit by taking an exam for a lower level course.

    CurriculumCurriculum

    Fall I

    17.0 Credits
    HCI 101 Healthcare Systems & Operations 3
    HCI 102 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 3
    HCI 200 Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
    HIT 208 Quality Assessment & Improvement 2
    HCI 210 Quality Assessment & Improvement 3
    BU 300 Project Management I 3

    Spring I

    18.0 Credits
    HCI 300 Business Systems & Design in Healthcare 3
    HCI 400 Database Healthcare Management Systems 3
    MA 455 Quantitative Research Methods 3
    HCI 330 Clinical Decision Support 3
    HCI 310 Healthcare Administration & Management 3
    HCI 410 Healthcare Informatics Practicum 3

    Contact

    Certificate

    HEGIS Code Number 5199
    Kimberly Storfer, RDH, BSM, HCA/INF, Program Developer

    716.827.4312