Break Into Health IT: 9 Master's Degree Programs
April 05, 2012 11:50 AM Having trouble landing a health IT job because you're not a clinician, or your IT experience lies outside healthcare? These master's degree and health informatics programs can help bridge the gap.
University of Washington
Degree: Master of Science, Clinical Informatics
Program description: This online Master of Science, Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies program made our list because it is a uniquely specific program that is more directed toward healthcare professionals. The Clinical Informatics and Patient-Centered Technologies (CIPCT) Online Master of Science program teaches students how to implement, manage, and evaluate the use of informatics applications in advanced patient care. The program is offered jointly though the University of Washington's School of Medicine and its School of Nursing.
Term: Full- or part-time. Full-time students take 9 to 14 credits per quarter, and the program can be completed in as few as 15 months. Part-time students take 6 to 8 credits per quarter, and the program takes between 2 and 2.5 years. Courses are offered once a year.
Job placement possibilities: CIPCT graduates are prepared for health IT jobs within health care systems or institutions (assuming clinical informatics and administrative positions), as well as software vendors of health IT systems, consulting firms, and state or national health care planning foundations or agencies.
Cost: $558 per credit for both resident and non-resident students.