Purpose of the HCIT Model Curriculum
The purpose of this model curriculum is to provide a resource that can be used in its entirety or adapted as needed by faculty for instruction. The model curriculum may be beneficial to those starting new programs, involved in program improvement, or program review. The Healthcare Information Technology model curriculum is available to any educational entity in the State of California interested in providing students with the tools and skills to be successful in this entry level allied health occupation program. This program was designed for the incumbent workforce, but can be applied to a credited college low bearing certificate program, leading to a stackable credential.
The “Healthcare Information Technology” model curriculum, with participation from College of the Canyons, Saddleback College and Santa Barbara City College, will address the increasing need for skilled workers in the health care information technology field. As the trend continues to access healthcare information electronically, the demand for a strong supply of skilled workers continues to rise. The Deputy Sector Navigators for the Health and Information & Communication Technologies sectors have merged with industry and education to address the needs identified in Health Information Technology (HIT) and Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) (Appendix A). This collaboration has joined together experts from industry, local and national associations, and community college educators to identify skill gaps, coordinate competencies, and align curriculum.