Health Information Technology (Health IT)

Are you interested in IT and want to put those skills to use helping others? The certificate in Health IT will prepare you for a career as an IT professional in a medical center or hospital setting. Learn foundational IT skills, gain exposure to the industry standard electronic health record system, and learn essential communication and customer service skills.

Please complete the form below if you would like to be added to the Health IT cohort. Completing the form will reserve a spot for you (until all 25 spots are filled) and will trigger an invitation to the Health IT Orientation, where we will register you for the program along with your fellow classmates. Cohort-based programs, such as Health IT, are programs in which you progress alongside your fellow classmates throughout your coursework. Cohort programs build community and provide you with a network of future Health IT professionals (your classmates).

Complete this form to reserve a spot in the Health IT cohort.

 

What You’ll Get

We partner with hospitals and health centers across King County and Washington to prepare you for a rewarding career in Health IT.  Within just one year of training, you’ll get:

  • The Health IT certificate from Seattle Colleges, co-designed with the healthcare industry, covering foundational IT skills, customer service skills, and exposure to Epic, the leading electronic health record system in the country  
  • CompTIA A+ certification, the industry standard for establishing a career in IT and the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles - trusted by employers around the world
  • A capstone to build hands-on experience in Health IT to add to your resume

Health IT Program Flyer View the program flyer.

Program Details

Location: Seattle Central College’s Health Education Center, located on Beacon Hill.

Start Date: The first cohort of the Health IT program will begin on September 27, 2021. 
Additional Start Dates: Additional cohorts will start in Winter and Spring quarters of the 2021-22 school year. To get more information, use the form below and indicate the quarter you would like to start.

Length: 9 months (15 credits per quarter for 3 quarters).

Schedule and Modality: Courses will be offered in a hybrid format, with some instruction provided in-person and some provided online. In-person instruction will take place in the evenings so that you can work, take care of your family, or engage other pursuits during the daytime hours. Sign up using the form below to get more detail regarding specific days of the week and times.

Costs and Funding: The total cost of the program for a Washington State resident is $4,206. Several financial supports are available, including Federal Financial Aid, Workforce Funds, and a full scholarship provided by Seattle Children’s Hospital. The cost for international students will be different. Please contact International Programs for assistance.

  • Apply for Health IT Scholarships for 2021-22. 
  • Learn more about other funding options. 
  • Those of ages 30 and under may also apply for one of five opportunities to work at a healthcare organization for 20 hours a week while in the Health IT program. Participants will receive valuable hands-on work experience in Health IT, as well as Washington Service Corps (WSC) health coverage, eligible childcare assistance, a $1,438.10 monthly living allowance, and an end-of-service education award that supports your continued career development.

Class Size: 15 – 25 students 

Program Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for program entry, though basic conversational English and basic math skills are helpful. Anyone who is a high school graduate or anyone age 18 or older can enroll.

For Additional Questions: Contact alliedhealth.central@seattlecolleges.edu or 206-934-4347.

To Register:

  • Complete this form to reserve a spot in the Health IT cohort. (Complete as soon as possible.)
    Completing the form will reserve a spot for you (until all 25 spots are filled) and will trigger an invitation to the Health IT Orientation, where we will register you for the program along with your fellow classmates. Cohort-based programs, such as Health IT, are programs in which you progress alongside your fellow classmates throughout your coursework. Cohort programs build community and provide you with a network of future Health IT professionals (your classmates).
  • Follow the Steps to Enroll. (Complete before beginning classes September 27.)

Learning Pathway

Quarter 1

  • BTM 111 Business Applications - 5 credits
  • IT 100 Information Technology Fundamentals - 5 credits
  • HUM& 105 Intercultural Communications - 5 credits

Quarter 2

  • IT 141 Intro to Hardware - 5 credits
  • IT 142 Into to Operating Systems - 5 credits 
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits

Quarter 3

  • IT 130 Network Essentials - 5 credits
  • CMST& 101 Intro to Communications - 5 credits 
  • AHE 126 Essential Skills in Healthcare - 2 credits
  • IT 888 Epic Essentials I + Capstone I - 3 credits

Next steps 
Upon completion of the micropathway in Health IT, you have several options, including: 

  • Go straight into the Health IT workforce  
  • Continue into an associate degree and/or an applied bachelor’s in Health IT to grow your skills and earn more money and more responsibility (credits from your Health IT micropathway will count toward the associate and bachelor’s degrees)  
  • Do both at once – get a job and continue your education at the same time

Job and Salary Prospects

We know that access to a career you love is crucial. Potential employers for graduates of the program include:

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • NeighborCare Health
  • Swedish Hospitals
  • UW Medicine
  • Many more

The Health IT micropathway will help you gain access to the many career options within the Health IT field, from Health IT engineer to trainer, manager, and beyond. 

Starting salaries for these entry-level roles are typically between $50 - $60K per year, with the opportunity to earn more as you advance.  

If you are interested in this program, complete this form to reserve a spot in the Health IT cohort, and we'll contact you with more information and next steps.