Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community Colleges Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum. You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program. For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet.
Medical Informatics is a Volunteer State Community College academic program combining information technology (IT) and health care. Health care providers use increasingly complex computerized records. A need has arisen for professionals to support those systems. The Medical Informatics program is designed to provide students with the training they need to quickly get into the health care workplace.
The majority of the classes are available online. However, a few of the classes are offered on-ground only at the Gallatin campus. Course offerings by semester and delivery method may change within the academic year. Many variables play in to that decision. Please stay in contact with your advisor or contact Valerie Bowling, information below.
Length of Training
Medical Informatics is an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree program designed to be completed in two years. The program will take more than two years if you attend part time.
Vol State’s Medical Informatics program does not require students to pass a certification exam. However, graduates of the program may be interested in sitting for the AHIMA CHTS certifications.
The program will give you a foundation in Health Information Management Technology, in addition to skills in your chosen concentration. You may choose either the Developer concentration (which emphasizes computer programming) or the Technician concentration (which emphasizes computer hardware and software support skills).
Graduates of this program may get jobs at hospitals, healthcare facilities, corporate offices, etc. Job titles will vary, depending on which concentration you choose. Possible job titles include:
- Entry Level Computer Programmer
- IT professional
- EHR (Electronic Health Record) Analyst
- EMR (Electronic Medical Record) Analyst
- Project Manager/Coordinator
- Meaningful Use Coordinator/Analyst/Tech/Developer
- Help Desk Analyst/Technician
- Hardware Technician
- Support Tech
- Computer Technician
- Technical Support
- Field Technician
You will need to work with your advisor to determine which of your already-completed courses may apply to the Medical Informatics program. If the courses are from another college, please submit an official transcript from all colleges you have attended for an official evaluation.
Additionally, this two-year degree provides many of the courses needed for university transfer. Your advisor will be able to discuss transfer possibilities with you.
Admission to the Program
Medical Informatics is currently an open enrollment program. Your first step is to apply to Volunteer State Community College.
You can begin classes as soon as you have been accepted to Volunteer State and have completed all required steps of the admissions process. Your advisor will help you register for classes at the appropriate time.