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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Like many professional membership societies, the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has its own certification exam and designation, namely CPHIMS. "It's an international standard of knowledge," according to Helen Figge, senior director of career services for the Chicago-based organization. Indeed, HIMSS bases the test on an international study of health IT tasks.
"The key to CPHIMS is that it supports healthcare information and management systems professionals," Figge said.
People with the CPHIMS designation are capable of adjusting to rapid change in technology and healthcare, according to Figge. "They have shown that they understand the landscape," she said. "They have the concept knowledge and the skills."
Candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) plus five years of IT experience, at least three of which must be in healthcare, or a graduate degree plus three years in IT, including two in health IT.