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Gwinnett Tech accepting Health Information Technology applications

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College is now accepting applications for its one-year certificate program in Health Information Technology.

GTC will enroll students in the eight-week term until Oct. 1. Classes begin Oct. 10 and end Dec. 6 for the program that trains professionals for one of the fastest-growing fields in healthcare, a GTC press release said. The program also offers special funding in tuition stipends for veterans, the underemployed and unemployed.

To enroll, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu/HIT, email abryant@gwinnetttech.edu or call 678-226-6966.

The application deadline for the spring semester is Nov. 6. Classes begin Jan. 6.

Gwinnett Tech program director Victoria Albee said the program is particularly suited to those who already have experience in information technology or the healthcare industry.

“People who enjoy change,” Albee said in the release, “can learn quickly and are excited about bringing their IT or medical experience to a different kind of environment, while still making a tremendous difference in the lives of people.”

The program curriculum includes coursework in medicine and IT that equips students to build the information technology world that future medical professionals will need to effectively delivery health services, GTC officials said, including Health Management Information Systems and Planning Management and Leadership for Health IT.

The HIT certificate is designed to prepare graduates to work in six different HIT roles where there is expected to be a shortage of HIT professionals. This program is part of a HIT education partnership between Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech, which stems from a $1.65 million tri-agency Jobs Accelerator Grant to boost job creation in the field.

GTC also offers an associate degree in HIT.