Federal grant allows school to reimburse 300 students in healthcare-related programRecent federal reforms and an aging baby boomer generation have prompted many schools to create healthcare-related programs to help train more professionals in these fields.

For example, North Idaho College recently announced that it has received a federal grant to train professionals in the healthcare industry, the North Idaho Sentinel reports.

As a result, the school is creating two online new programs dealing with electronic medical records. The two curricula are called information technology support and adoption for healthcare practices. The first curriculum will train students to troubleshoot, install and configure electronic records. Meanwhile, the second course of study will teach learners how to assist in hospitals' transitions from paper to the electronic format.

"We are getting good feedback from students who have finished the program as well as from employers," Sue Shibley, the electronic medical records program manager, told the news source. "A good majority of the students enrolled are highly educated already."

The $625,000 federal grant will reimburse the first 300 graduates of the program for tuition costs. The curriculum will be available during the summer and fall semester as well as the spring 2012 term.

According to a Reuters report, the online education industry grew by 17 percent in 2009.

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