Healthcare IT
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Healthcare IT FAQs

Get the answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Healthcare IT program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

What role do healthcare IT professionals play?

Healthcare IT professionals help support the use of technology in the healthcare setting. Their specific responsibilities vary by position; however, responsibilities could include: installing and maintaining electronic health record systems, working as part of an internal IT team, or providing technical support to employees throughout a healthcare facility.

What is the job market for healthcare IT professionals?

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. and technology is becoming more and more important to providing quality patient care. Over 2.8 million new healthcare jobs are expected by 2022, and the government-mandated implementation of electronic health records is putting healthcare IT professionals in high demand.

How much can I earn as a healthcare IT professional?

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that computer technicians nationwide and across all industries earn between $37,300 and $63,030 annually, and healthcare IT professionals fall within this category. Pay rates vary depending on geographic location and experience, and you may also qualify for traditional employment benefits as a healthcare IT professionals.

Do I need to be certified?

Though certification may not always be a requirement for employment, earning CompTIA A+ certification as well as the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credentials will help your resume stand out in the job market and give you access to more job opportunities. The Career Step Healthcare IT training program is specifically designed to prepare you for these certifications and also includes 4 certification exam vouchers (a $570 value), which you will receive upon graduation.

What are the advantages of training with Career Step?

Career Step has been training quality professionals for over 20 years and offers a comprehensive training program that thoroughly prepares students to work in healthcare IT. With Career Step, you can train affordably without sacrificing quality, learn from comprehensive curriculum developed by industry professionals, take advantage of live student and graduate support, and quickly gain the specialized skills you need to earn your CompTIA A+, Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS), and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certifications and succeed in your new career. We're committed to helping you achieve your goals, and Career Step provides everything you need to succeed!

What kind of skills or experience do I need to enter the Career Step program?

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. No specific skills or experience are considered prerequisites for entry into the training program.

Is Career Step accredited?

Career Step is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, our training programs are approved by a number of industry specific organizations and are designed with employer feedback to ensure students are gaining exactly the skills needed to get a job and succeed in the workforce.

The Career Step training programs prepare students for career fields where employers are generally more concerned with an applicant’s skills rather than the credentials of the school they attended. Because of this, Career Step works closely with employers when developing a training program to ensure students graduate with the skills employers are looking for. We've also developed close ties to industry associations, aligning our programs with their recommendations. Career Step programs boast the following recognitions:

  • Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor curriculum is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the leading medical transcription industry association.
  • The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), one of the largest and most prestigious health information organizations in the country.
  • The Career Step Pharmacy Technician program has been reviewed and approved by the State Boards of Pharmacy in Indiana, Utah, and Virginia. (Many states don't have any regulations on the education of pharmacy technicians, and very few require board approval. For more information on each state's pharmacy technician education regulations, view our State Requirements pdf.) Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy also offer Career Step Pharmacy Technician students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on externship in their stores nationwide.
  • The Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a leading organization focused on increasing the quality of health career education.

Career Step programs are also designed to prepare you for certifications that greatly improve your employment opportunities. Employers are often more familiar with various credentials than with the quality of education provided by different schools. To help your resume stand out from other applicants, various Career Step programs prepare students for the following credentials:

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Master (MOS-Master)

This focus on helping you gain the skills needed to succeed in the workforce has made our students successful in the job market—over 84% of Career Step graduates are employed in their field of study, 92% of employed Medical Transcription graduates work from home in their first job, Medical Coding and Billing graduates report a certification exam pass rate that’s a full 15 percentage points higher than the national average, and Pharmacy Technician students can take advantage of externship opportunities with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.

Learn more about the value of career-focused education in our quick video.

How is the Career Step Healthcare IT program structured?

The Healthcare IT program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a healthcare IT professional. The curriculum is built on the exam objectives published by CompTIA and the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to ensure that you'll be prepared to earn your CompTIA A+ certification and the CEHRS and CMAA credentials immediately upon graduation.

What type of student support does Career Step offer?

Career Step student support includes access to:

  • Student Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.

  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.

  • Graduate Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after graduation. Your Graduate Advisors will help prepare the best resume, develop solid interview skills, and teach you valuable job search techniques.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team will always be there to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.

How long does it take to finish the course?

The Healthcare IT training program is 584 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to complete their training program in as little as 4 or 5 months and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can devote about 15 hours a week may finish in about 10 months).

Every student who enrolls in the Healthcare IT training program receives an initial 12-month period of enrollment. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 6-month enrollment, we have 4-month extensions available for purchase.

How do I find work after graduation?

Career Step offers personalized, post-graduation resources for your job search, including:

  • 4 certification exam vouchers to make it easy to take your CompTIA A+, CMAA, and CEHRS exams upon graduation (a $570 value)
  • Personal consultation with a Graduate Advisor
  • Personalized interview tutorials and training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • Access to Career Step's help hotline for 12 months after graduation

These resources offer the personalized help you need after graduation to quickly and easily transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the majority of our graduates are hired within a few months of graduation.

Learn more about Career Step’s graduate support in this quick interview with several of our Graduate Advisors.

What computer specifications are required to complete the course?

Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in healthcare IT. Your enrollment includes:

  • Access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete ebook library
  • 2 quick-reference guides for CompTIA A+ exam study
  • Computer repair toolkit
  • Power supply tester and USB drive
  • Vouchers to take the CompTIA A+, CMAA, and CEHRS exams upon graduation (a $570 value)
  • One-on-one help from your instructors and our technical support team
  • Valuable graduate resources

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:

Hardware

  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port

Software

  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader

Browser

  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater*
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)*
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*

*The Medical Transcription Editor program includes a third party software tool that makes the training only compatible with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer.

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

What payment options does Career Step offer?

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

How soon will I receive my materials?

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.

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