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8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power

You don't always need a master's program to break into health IT. These non-degree programs offer viable options for many job seekers.
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Broad-based IT industry association CompTIA has long been certifying professional competency in various areas of computer technology and information systems. In July 2011, the group added an exam for healthcare IT technicians.

The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certificate addresses five areas: regulatory requirements, organizational behavior, IT operations, healthcare's unique business operations, and security. It is intended for people with basic knowledge of practice workflow and clinical IT systems, and either 500 hours of real-world experience or who have CompTIA A+ certification.

Training for the Healthcare IT Technician exams has, like with other CompTIA certificate programs, spawned a cottage industry of test prep through third-party education companies. Those offering training for the health IT exam include Premier Knowledge Solutions, CED Solutions, and CBT Nuggets.

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10/14/2012 | 5:21:29 AM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
I actually quite prefer people who have had outside IT experience. They often bring a fresh perspective that's so needed in Health IT.
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10/3/2012 | 7:29:07 PM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
What do you consider real world experience? Do you include IT people with decades of programming, project management, etc. - or do you only look at people who have piles of time in health care also? My frustration comes from hiring managers and recruiters who don't care what 'outside' IT experience you have if it wasn't in hospitals and the like - even though you've taken ONC training to prepare you for the health care environment.
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pbug,
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10/3/2012 | 7:26:45 PM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
Rumor has it that one of these years the HIT Pro exams that come after ONC training might actually lead to a certification. BUT, and it's a big but, many hospital groups do not see any value at all in this training or exam set, and will only hire people with clinical experience OR maybe heavy hospital IT experience. Too many people I've talked to who've gone through this have not found any jobs they are considered qualified for even though they are IT professionals with lots of project management experience - they don't have it in hospitals, so the training 'doesn't count' to many recruiters.
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9/30/2012 | 5:35:32 AM
re: 8 Health IT Certifications That Pack Career Power
It's great that these certifications are also requiring real world experience before certifying. When looking at candidates, I like to see that they have actually been in the field and know what it's like. I want them to not just be able to talk the talk, which is what many of the certifications I've seen out there are. I've seen quite a few applicants with no real world experience but with a certificate try to apply for rather high-level jobs, it seems a bit strange. I will definitely be writing these certifications down to give a second look at when reviewing resumes.
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