MassBay-MEDITECH Clinical Healthcare Informatics Certificate Includes Distance Learning

Enrollment is now open for the second year of the Certificate Program in Clinical Informatics, an introduction to healthcare informatics and the responsibilities placed on professionals in the field.

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MEDITECH will be holding the second year of its Certificate Program in Clinical Informatics from March 21 to May 25 at MassBay Community College, this time as a distance learning course for enrollees. In addition, Mass Bay and MEDITECH are partnering with Rowan College at Burlington County and Deborah Heart and Lung Center to offer this program to students in their area, southern New Jersey.  

“This is the second year we’ve teamed up with MassBay Community College to offer this exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in the field of healthcare informatics,” explained Shannon Laingen, Senior Manager of Organizational Development for MEDITECH. “It’s also a great way for us to identify potential candidates for employment at MEDITECH as the industry need for qualified candidates increases. In fact, we interviewed and hired students from the first course held in 2016.”

Participation in this program will offer students the potential for internships or full-time employment at hospitals using the MEDITECH platform as their electronic health record (in addition to employment opportunities at MEDITECH itself).

That potential has already been realized, as MEDITECH hired Ryan McReynolds, a participant in the program’s first year.

"I became interested in the program because I had interviewed for positions with Healthcare IT vendors and in hospital IT departments, and the feedback was always that they'd gone with applicants who had more experience," said McReynolds, who currently works as an application specialist for MEDITECH. "I needed a way to get my foot in the door, and I knew the program would give me a credential to show that I had some education in the field, and it worked."

McReynolds said that he applied to MEDITECH while still in the program, adding that "the communication among the instructors and staff definitely helped me feel confident about the process."

Asked for advice he'd give future participants in the program, McReynolds said: "I would say to go in eager to learn and to ask questions."

The 50-hour course, which includes two in-person hands-on sessions, as well as online presentations on set dates and times with related assignments, will focus on an introduction to healthcare informatics and the responsibilities placed on professionals in the field.

For more information in Massachusetts:

MassBay Community College Healthcare Informatics Certificate MEDITECH

In New Jersey:

Rowan College at Burlington County: Maria Dewar, Educational Program Coordinator, email: mdewar@rcbc.edu or call 856-222-9311, ext 2537