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Get into No. 1 'Hot Career' -- Health Info Technology -- With Study at CCC


A trend report from the University of California San Diego Extension has identified the top career option for college graduates as health information technology (HIT). Camden County College offers programs in a variety of HIT areas – including several programs that may be completed fully online.


HIT professionals create, organize and manage medical records of all types in hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, outpatient centers, home healthcare services, government agencies and anywhere else patients are served. The healthcare industry’s government-mandated changeover from paper files to an advanced electronic database system, which will be ongoing into the next decade, will ensure that tens of thousands of jobs will be available to those with pertinent training.


To help students procure employment in the various positions offered in this field, Camden County College offers an associate in applied science degree in HIT and certificates in medical coding; and electronic health records.


The electronic health records certificate programs are being offered entirely online. In addition, thanks to a grant that was awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, full scholarships are available to many students accepted into the electronic health records programs.


Topics covered in HIT courses include medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; health data requirements and standards; legal and ethical issues; data analysis and clinical classification; and coding systems. Healthcare reimbursement methods, database security and management and methods of quality improvement typically are covered as well.


For more information about the health information technology degree and the medical coding certificate, contact program director Linda Mesko at (856) 968-1331 or


For details about the electronic health records certificates, contact program manager Dana Clarke-Scott at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4356, or or program coordinator Mary Laskowski at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4165, or


Because seats remain available in many later-starting courses that run for 13 weeks or seven weeks, registration for Fall 2011 will continue through October. For enrollment information, visit and click on the “Apply and Register” button or e-mail

Published: September 02, 2011