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PCC Makes Enhancements to HIT Program

By Allison Deville
PCC Communications Intern

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators announced this week the addition of several enhancements to its six-month Health Information Technology (HIT) certificate program.

According to Ashley Deaver, HIT Student Support Specialist, students in the program will now have the opportunity to ‘test-out’ of certain classes through credit-by-exam. She explained that credit could be given to students who pay for a course based on his or her placement scores.

A new online job-search portal has been added to give students the ability to explore positions in the health information field. Deaver said a student support specialist would also aid students with résumé preparation and interview practice, though she emphasized that the HIT program’s focus would remain on the curriculum.

Students are already noticing the benefits of the additional HIT services.

“At a time when job opportunities are shrinking, this program is helping me to jump-start my career as an IT professional,” HIT student Kathleen Corey said.

“The online format of the program fits easily into my schedule,” Corey added.

PCC is the only college in eastern North Carolina that offers the HIT program. The program is funded by a cooperative agreement slated to expire at the end of March 2012.

Deaver said the goal is to have 300 students complete the program by April of next year. She said 129 students are currently enrolled in the program and 58 students have graduated.

HIT classes are being offered on a monthly basis, Deaver said, adding that the next round of training begins July 15. She said the application deadline for that class is June 24.

Students must have either a Medical or Information Technology background to enroll in the HIT program. The classes are available online, which means they are accessible 24 hours a day and do not require students to attend class on campus.

Tuition is $360 with reimbursement possible upon successful completion of the program within the six-month allotted time frame and while funding is still available.

The program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of National Coordinator under award number 90CC0078.

Call (252) 493-7550 for more information, or visit the website at http://public.pittcc.edu.