2015-2016 Catalog 
    
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Informatics - Healthcare IT Technician Concentration


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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Program Office:
615-353-3475, Program Site

The Medical Informatics degree is designed to train technicians to organize and manage the required information in all areas of the healthcare industry. The program integrates healthcare courses with the latest in information technology to provide a comprehensive medical informatics educational foundation. The degree will provide students interested in pursuing healthcare careers the knowledge and skills necessary to work in entry-level positions, or provide experienced individuals the opportunity to build on their IT and/or healthcare backgrounds.

The program requires completion of 60 semester credit hours and can be completed in two years. The degree is offered on the main campus in Nashville using on-ground and online classes.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Establish and maintain a user support/helpdesk role and function in a medical environment;
  • Effectively communicate technical and non-technical information in written form and orally;
  • Use security tools and applications to secure organization data and infrastructure;
  • Function competently in entry-level computer technician positions using critical thinking skills to solve system challenges;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of federal, state, and local laws affecting medical office technologies; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electronic medical reimbursement and billing practices.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical/Hospital Help Desk Technician
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Implementation Support Specialist

Transfer/Advising

The A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare a student for employment upon graduation. Some universities, at their discretion, accept some technical courses for transfer. A student who plans to transfer to a university should consult his/her advisor and the receiving university about transfer and articulation policies. Failure to do so could result in loss of transfer credits.

Course Requirements


Total Required – Associate’s Degree: 60 Credits



 

Recommended Full-Time Schedule


Notes:


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

 

* This course is part of the general education core.

 

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