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You will need to:
- Have a bachelor's degree from a 4-year university
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
What if I hold a degree from outside of the U.S.?
Individuals who have completed university coursework at an institution outside of the United States or who received a degree from a university outside the United States, must have their transcript evaluated for U.S. degree and GPA equivalence. (This is not required for study abroad or other short-term study abroad courses.) To have your foreign transcript evaluated, we recommend that you utilize a company within the National Association of Transcript Evaluators (NACES): http://www.naces.org/members.html. Please have the evaluation mailed to Health Informatics and Health IT Program, McCombs School of Business, 2110 Speedway, GSB Building, Room 5.136, Mail Stop B6000, Austin TX 78712.
Do I have to apply to the program?
Yes. Apply using the online form. Applications for Spring 2019 are now open. Selected applicants will move on to the second part of the application process, either in-person or via Skype.
How do I apply?
You can apply online via the button on our home page.
What are the admissions procedures for the program?
All program applicants must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in any major. Applicants must provide a resume and official transcript at the time they submit the online application. Once they have submitted the application, 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/.
How long is the program?
The certificate program is 9 weeks long. It includes six courses and approximately 225 hours of didactic and hands-on learning along with 80 hours of practicum experience.
When and where do classes meet?
Classes meet from 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Classes will be held at the McCombs School of Business (GSB 5.142) on the UT campus. 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.
In January 2018, we opened a second distance learning site at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Participation at Ft. Hood is limited to transitioning soldiers who have been accepted into the program via the usual application process, and who have permission from their unit commander to participate in the HIHIT program, an official Army Career Skills Development program. We welcome the participation by veterans from all branches of the service at our Austin location.
Will I get college credit for this program?
All graduates of the HIHIT program will receive a certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Technology from the McCombs School of Business. Beginning in Summer 2019, students will have the option to receive college credit from The University of Texas at Austin for the courses completed in the HIHIT program, but there will be an extra charge for generating an official university transcript. Those admitted into the program will receive additional information about this opportunity from the admissions team.
How much does the program cost?
The cost of the 9-week program is $7,900, and UT Austin graduates receive a $500 discount. Students are also responsible for the completion of a third-party criminal background check, drug screen, and immunization certification. Immunizations and a current TB skin test are required in order for students to visit clinical sites during the program. If you are not up-to-date on the required immunizations, there may be an expense associated with bringing them up-to-date. The books in the program are an optional expense. Together, incidental costs should not exceed $65-$300.
Can I participate in the program if I'm unable to pass a background check?
No. Passing a third-party background check is a requirement for participation in our program and will also be a requirement for employers who might want to interview and hire you for a job.
When do I have to pay for the program?
The tuition is due the Friday before classes start, unless you have already established a payment plan with us.
What is the program's refund policy?
The $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place in the program once you have been admitted. 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 their tuition payment receipt to file with their taxes.
When is the program offered?
The program is offered three times a year with start dates in early January, June, and September.
How was the HIHIT curriculum developed?
The HIHIT program was developed with the guidance of industry and healthcare experts. The director and the faculty who teach in the program are in constant contact with the organizations who hire our graduates to make sure that the curriculum is kept current and reflects the skills and competencies our students need to be job-ready when they graduate.
What is the practicum?
The practicum is a 10-day mini internship (full time Monday - Friday 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.
Can I work evenings or take evening courses while enrolled?
No. The Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program is an intensive 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 Health IT?
The average starting salary for our program graduates is approximately $52,000. Those with advanced degrees or other credentials (i.e. M.D., R.N.) can expect to be offered higher salaries.
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. For admissions questions, please contact Ms. Nina Duong, Admissions Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other questions, contact Dr. Leanne Field, Director, at email@example.com.