Health Information Technology Grant: GCC To Offer “Sneak Peek” At Health Care Course
PR 061—March 14, 2012 Department of Public Relations and Marketing
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Deptford Twp.–Gloucester County College will provide a sneak preview of a new electronic health care course being offered through its Division of Continuing Education thanks to a $490,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The six-month Electronic Health Records System Consulting hybrid course—taught both in the classroom and online—is designed for professionals currently in health care or information-technology positions. Upon successfully completing the class, individuals will be competent in all aspects of record workflow process analysis and redesign. Topics include the implementation, maintenance and optimization phases of electronic systems.

Additional skills cultivated will range from project management and continuous quality improvement, to marketing as a consultant. Participants are expected to graduate the program with a strong working knowledge of computer information systems, comprehension of relevant medical and technological terminology and effective communication strategies between health care and information technology disciplines.

The Electronic Health Records Systems Consulting class is part of the Career Studies Certificate program at GCC. It is comprised of seven courses that entail 18 components of critical training updates in the health care field. The non-credit, certificate courses are part of the Health Information Technology (HIT) grant, a 12-state regional consortium led by Tidewater Community College in Virginia, which received more than $16 million over two years to train 7,500 students from Virginia to Maine. 

The program is also funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a $2 billion initiative to provide electronic health records for each person in the U.S. by 2014.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the HIT courses is invited to attend one of two information sessions Tuesday, March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. or Wednesday, April 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in room 801 of the Continuing Education Center. 

For more information regarding eligibility or to register, contact Sharon Downs Thomas at (856) 468-5000, Ext. 5525 or email

Gloucester County College’s Continuing Education Center is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.