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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

HITEC

Program Requirements


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The University of Colorado College of Nursing was awarded $2.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to advance the widespread adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (HIT) by educating professionals in this rapidly growing field.

This funding supported the education of 112 students over the last three years in the University of Colorado College of Nursing’s health care informatics graduate program to meet the ongoing needs of an expanded clinical informatics work force. These funds supported tuition and fees for about 50 new students per year to enroll in and complete the university's online graduate certificate program in health care informatics. The funding also enabled 12 students to enroll in the College of Nursing’s online master of science (MS) in health care informatics program, including a stipend and student health insurance. This funding was provided via a training grant from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT.

Program Restrictions

Some restrictions on this funding exist beyond the usual program requirements:

  1. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Students must not have been enrolled in the nursing or any other informatics or health information technology educational program on or before December 17, 2009 (i.e., current students are not eligible). This restriction does not apply to students are enrolled in non-degree courses.
  3. As this is a workforce development program, students must be new to the Health IT industry, in other words, not currently employed in the Health IT Industry.
  4. Students pursuing the graduate certificate program must be able to commit 20 hours per week to coursework in order to complete the program within one academic year. Funding is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA and satisfactory progress toward completion.
  5. Students pursuing the master of science (MS) in health care informatics program must enroll as full-time students to receive the stipend and student health insurance. Funding is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA and satisfactory progress toward completion.
  6. If the student is unable to complete the program within the timeframe defined, they will be responsible for paying back the tuition to UCD.
  7. Students will be required to report information related to their employment status for three years after completion of the program in order to track the program’s success in securing HIT-related employment.

Students who are not eligible or who are interested in other areas of health care informatics should review the existing health care informatics program.

Required Forms

The following forms and applications are required for the program of your interest. Please download the application and follow all instructions and complete entirely. All students who receive funding must submit the scholarship agreement form.