New grant allows community college to launch online degree programThe Ratitan Valley Community College (RVCC) will begin offering a new online degree program in health information technology beginning next year, reports The Messenger-Gazette. College officials told the news source that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been authorized to give $16 million in grants to community colleges in order to educate 7,500 information technology professionals in healthcare over the next two years.

The school received a $500,000 grant from the HHS to educate students in health information technology as part of recent efforts to convert health records for electronic use.

The school’s new certificate program will provide training in clinician consultant, implementation support specialist, implementation manager, technical support staff and information management redesign specialist.

The online degree program will allow graduates to seek healthcare job opportunities in supporting roles in medical practices, hospitals, health centers and long-term care facilities.

According in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in this field are anticipated to increase by 20 percent over the next eight years. Furthermore, nearly 35,000 new jobs are expected to be available by 2018.

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