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JCC to Bring Training in Health Info. Tech. to Fort Drum

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will offer health information technology (HIT) training on Fort Drum to veterans, transitioning service members and their families. Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings beginning in September from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Drum DHR Education Annex. The deadline to apply has been extended to August 8, 2014.

HIT makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use of electronically shared health information in place of paper medical records. As an increasing amount of physician practices and hospitals move toward the electronic health records (EHR) system, a growing amount of qualified HIT professionals are needed to assist hospitals and physicians as they move to adopt the EHR system.

JCC’s HIT training is a 9-month certificate program redesigned to better meet the needs of the military and veteran population who may have little or no experience in the healthcare or technology fields. Based on a national curriculum model developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, JCC’s HIT program consists of classroom and online learning, hands-on learning with an electronic health records (EHR) system, an apprenticeship and four job readiness workshops. Students will gain a working knowledge of health information management in an electronic environment and take two of three HIT certification exams designated for the role of implementation support specialist, technical/software support staff or implementation manager.

Cost is $299, a significant savings of nearly $1000 made possible by the Walmart Vocational Acceleration for Veterans Tuition Grant through Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Additional funding is available to offset the cost of childcare. Textbooks are not required.

For more information about the HIT training program, call the JCC Continuing Education Division at 315-786-6591.

The Walmart Vocational Acceleration for Veterans Tuition Grant is part of the Walmart Foundation's $20 million dollar commitment to address veteran issues. Jefferson is one recipient of only 11 community and technical colleges selected.