Non-Credit Certificate Program Coordinated by Continuing Education; Introductory Open House Set for May 12

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange will hold an Open House at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 12 in the Gilman Center for International Education on the College’s Middletown campus to introduce its new non-credit Electronic Health Record System Technology program designed to prepare participants for one of the fastest growing and newest sectors of the expanding healthcare industry.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 offers lucrative financial incentives for healthcare facilities that adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. The College’s new certificate program, coordinated by SUNY Orange’s Continuing and Professional Education staff, prepares individuals to meet health information technology workforce demands.

The program will educate participants in six workforce categories: workflow specialist, clinical practitioner/consultant, implementation specialist, implementation manager/project manager, trainer or technical support specialist.

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that, from 2008-2018, there will be an average growth of 16 percent nationwide in these occupations, with more than 758,000 predicted job openings. New York State is expected to have more than 38,000 openings in these occupations during that same period.

The Electronic Health Record System Technologist certificate program is comprised of six courses: Introduction to Healthcare; Applied Informatics (use of information technology in a healthcare practice); Essential Components of Electronic Health Records & Health Information Exchange; System Selection and Implementation; Fundamentals of Change Management/Project Management; and Human Factors Analysis – enhancing effectiveness and efficiency among workplace teams.

The Introduction to Healthcare course begins June 8 with the Applied Informatics class starting on Aug. 17. Both courses will be held at SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. Tuition is $489 per course and includes the required workbook.

To register for the Open House, please call (845) 341-4380 by May 11, 2011. For more information on the program or any of CAPE’s many other vocational and enrichment courses, please contact Linda Gramm Ferris via e-mail. For a listing of current courses, visit the CAPE web site.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940