FAQs

When does the Spring 2018 program start?

The Spring 2018 session starts on January 8th

What are the admissions procedures for the Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program?

All program applicants must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any major and meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75. Applicants must provide a resume and official transcript at the time they submit the online application. Once submitted, applicants will be contacted to schedule and interview with a team of Health Informatics and Health IT faculty and staff. Lastly, applicants will be required to complete a brief writing prompt via “ClassMarker” following the interview.

Do I need to be eligible to work in the U.S. to participate in this program?

No. This is not a requirement, however, the main goal of the program is to rapidly train and place graduates into Health IT jobs. For more information about employment for non-US citizens, please contact the UT International Office at (512) 471-1211 or visit: https://world.utexas.edu/

What if I hold a degree from outside of the U.S.?

Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must submit an evaluation of the transcript that includes U.S. degree and GPA equivalence. This does not include study abroad or short-term study. For credential evaluation services, we recommend contacting a company within the National Association of Transcript Evaluators (NACES).http://www.naces.org/members.html. Foreign degrees must be evaluated for degree equivalency and GPA equivalency.

How long is the program?

The Health Informatics and Health IT certificate program is 9 weeks long.  The program includes approximately 200 hours of classroom learning and 100 hours of practicum.

When do classes meet?

Classes meet from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Will I get college credit for this program?

No college credit is awarded for this professional education program.  After successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Technology.

How much does the program cost?

The cost of the 9-week program for UT Austin graduates is $6,000.00. For non-UT grads, the cost is $7,000.00. Students are also responsible for incidental costs ($200-300) to cover the purchase of books, the completion of a criminal background check, drug screen, immunization certification, the purchase of medical liability insurance and a small copying fee.

When do I have to pay for the program?

The tuition is due the Friday before classes start.

What is the program’s refund policy?

The $500 deposit is non-refundable. After the first day the program begins, there are no refunds should a student withdraw for any reason.

Does this program provide tax forms?

We are not able to provide tax forms. Most students use the receipts when filing taxes.

When is the program offered?

The program is offered three times a year with start dates in early January, June and September.

What will I learn in this program?

The Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program at the University of Texas-Austin was developed with the counsel and support of the Health IT community in Texas, including many potential employers. The curriculum reflects this industry collaboration and is designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the Health IT workforce.  Participants learn the fundamentals of Health IT, including an overview of current healthcare policy and healthcare economics. One of the hallmarks of our program is the focus on “hands-on” learning. Participants will be introduced to state-of-the-art technologies that are improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.  Program participants will be introduced to clinical and billing processes in physician offices and hospitals and will learn the necessary skills of project management. You will also have support in developing professionalism to prepare you for a career in health IT.

Will you help me find a job when I successfully complete the program?

The purpose of this program is to place graduates in the Health IT job market.  50,000 jobs are being created by the national deployment of health information technology in the healthcare sector, and we want our graduates to fill that need.  We have integrated career development activities and deliverables as part of the curriculum. Our Career Advisor will assist you with resume creation, interviewing skills and professional demeanor and etiquette.  We have a substantial network of Health IT employers and can facilitate introductions and on-campus interviews. We will continue to support your job search until you begin your career in health IT!

Where are the classes held?

Classes are held at Braker Pointe II in northwest Austin (see Directions in the menu bar for more details). The facility includes classrooms, a mock physician clinic to simulate the flow of information along the continuum of care (ambulance, emergency room, hospital, physician clinic, and home health) and a computer learning lab where students have access to multiple electronic health record products.  We have a partnership with  UT Southwestern Medical Center campus in Dallas, Texas, where a small number of students (8) take the program via real-time distance education technology.

What is the practicum?

The practicum is a 10-day mini internship (full time M-F for two weeks) that provides students with an opportunity to work beside professionals who are currently employing Health IT in their work. Our practicum host partners include EHR vendors, policy development organizations, health information exchanges, regional extension centers, hospitals and physician clinics. Our practicum hosts are located in Austin, across Texas, as well as out of state. We match students with practicum experiences based on their interests, geographical preference, and academic performance. While students do not choose their practicum hosts, we will work with you to ensure you have a practicum experience that suits your interests and abilities. Our graduates report that the practicum was one of the most meaningful components of the entire program.  Health IT employers also tell us that a practicum experience is highly important in their hiring decisions.

Can I work evenings or take evening courses while enrolled?

No. The Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program is an involved learning experience with group projects, outside readings, exams and presentations. We strongly discourage participants from trying to work or take other college-level courses while completing this program.

What is the average salary of your graduates that have taken a job in HIT?

The average starting salary for our program graduates is approximately $52,000.

How do I apply?

Apply using the online form. Applications for Spring 2018 are now open. Selected applicants will move on to the second part of the application process, either in-person or via Skype.

How can I learn more?

If you have additional questions about the application process or other program details, please contact us by email or phone.

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