Other partners in the three-year grant from the
The partners have identified 12 hospitals in 16 counties that will benefit from the grant, according to DaSH Executive Director
"The grant will allow DaSH and its partners to provide scholarships and placement services to students wishing to obtain a degree in IT or a certificate in HIT from PCC, and are willing to work in a rural, frontier or urban under-served community." Bolt said.
The grant partners will work together to recruit, train and place HIT personnel in rural institutions participating in the DaSH network.
Initial classes will be offered during the spring 2014 semester. PCC will develop two HIT certificate programs that will be offered online -- HIT management and support, and HIT network security/ technical support. PCC also will augment the HIT medical coding certificate already available there.
All students will start by taking prerequisite HIT courses before choosing one of the three certificate program options. The training will conclude with an internship at a rural hospital, which is intended to pave the hiring of these students once they complete their studies. The programs have been approved for financial aid, and scholarships will be designed to encourage students to serve in a rural facility after graduation.
Students should be able to complete either of the two new certificate programs in two or three semesters, followed by an internship at a rural network facility.
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