Crowder College creates two new online programs in high-demand professionsOfficials from Crowder College, which is located in Missouri, recently announced the launch of two new online programs for the spring 2011 semester, the Joplin Independent reports. Both health information technology (HIT) and autism spectrum disorder curricula will begin in January.

Officials told the news source that the HIT program is designed with the the American Health Information Management Association curriculum standards in mind. Students will also take part in courses on topics that involve medical coding, such as the international statistical classification of diseases and related health problems (ICD) and current procedural terminology (CPT).

Meanwhile, students can earn certificates in autism spectrum disorders and applied behavioral analysis. Officials added that the programs include core courses that are intended to help enrollees understand the characteristics and causes of the learning disability.

The programs are also designed to help students understand the communication and sensory needs of autistic children, while applying behavioral interventions and educational programs for individuals who have the condition. College officials told the news source that teachers, daycare providers and school administrators could benefit from this certificate.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, enrollment in online programs has increased by 832 percent over the past nine years.

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