Financial Assistance Available For Health Information Technology Students

The Dallas County Community College District along with Temple College and Austin Community Colleges formed the I-35 Community College Consortia to provide approximately $1.4 million in assistance to students. This group is currently offering an intensive online continuing education program training for various health information technology (IT) workforce roles which can be completed in less than six months.

By 2015, health-care practitioners will be required to have electronic health record (EHR) capability. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Education and independent studies indicate that over the next five years there will be a need for approximately 50,000 qualified health IT workers as hospitals and physicians move to electronic health-care systems. This training will prepare students for the competency examination offered through the American Health Information Management Association in June 2011. Qualified applicants must meet pre-assessment criteria and have a background in IT or healthcare with basic technology skills.

For more information, click here or contact Shannon Ydoyaga at 972-238-6376 or shannony@dcccd.edu.