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Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology

The healthcare industry is ever evolving. With the adoption of electronic medical records, telemedicine, and the International Classification of Diseases Tenth Edition (ICD-10) migration, there is demand for those with skills in both information technology and the healthcare field. The certificate in Health Information Technology aims to provide competence in patient informatics and the use of evidence based medicine, electronic prescribing, and telemedicine as tools to improve patient health and medical systems operation through grounding in health record organization from the multiple perspectives of patients, technicians, nurses, hospital administration, and insurance companies. Students will understand the use of business intelligence and analytics in data rich organizations  and obtain the ability to develop and apply business intelligence and analytics solutions to various types of decision problems.

Target Audience and Time to Complete:

The target audience is Virginia Tech graduate students who are interested in adding expertise in health information technology to that gained in their current degree program. 

However, we also expect that a number of other professionals will pursue the certification both for job knowledge and career enhancement. Those students will be admitted as non-degree seeking, MIT-Commonwealth students.

In most cases time to completion will be two semesters. Degree-seeking students may take courses in conjunction with their regular course load. Students attending full-time can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of four academic years. Degree-seeking students attending part-time can complete the certificate in approximately two academic years and a maximum of three academic years. 

Non-degree seeking, full-time students can complete the certificate in a minimum of one academic year (two semesters). Non-degree seeking, part-time students, taking one course per semester, can complete the certificate in two academic years (four semesters).

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How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
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required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology

Admission to the Graduate School and completing a Graduate Certificate Application are required for both degree- and non-degree seeking students. 

Degree-seeking applicants: The Graduate School requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better for admission to Certificate Status.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA < 3.0 may qualify for Commonwealth Campus admission. Students pursuing a degree and a certificate simultaneously are classified within their degree program.

For students interested in pursuing both the Master's degree in MIT and the certificate in Information Technology Management no more than fifty percent of certificate courses will be included toward completion of the MIT degree. 

Non-degree seeking applicants
: A qualified person who wishes to enter Virginia Tech to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate by completing the certificate application

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • GPA of 3.0 for admission for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree*
  • Official transcripts must be submitted
  • Academic background meets the requirements of the admitting academic unit
  • International Applicants must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based (PBT) or 80 internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, sub-scores of at least 20 on each subject test (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission. Some departments have higher TOEFL or IELTS score requirements than those set by the Graduate School. 
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Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology

Number of Credit Hours: 

A total of nine credit hours are required. Transfer credits are not permitted. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the designated courses.

Required Courses: 

ACIS 5504 – Information Systems Design & Database Concepts: This course is an introduction to design methodologies in information systems. Structured systems analysis and design methodologies are discussed. An introduction to database design methodologies is also included. Topics related to different database models and their implementation is discussed. Students are also required to design and implement information systems using appropriate computer software.

BIT 5564 – Healthcare Information Technology: Use of information technology in the health care industry. Topics address electronic health records, patient informatics, evidence based medicine, electronic prescribing and telemedicine. The use of these technologies to improve patient health and medical systems operations.

BIT/ACIS 5574 – Healthcare Data Management: Organization and management  of data in the health care industry.  Includes standards for electronic health records, healthcare enterprise systems architecture, health database design, existing database platforms, data integration from multiple sources, database accessibility.  Analysis of healthcare-related organizations from the perspective of multiple user groups including patients, technicians, nurses, physicians, clinics, hospitals and insurance companies