Student Information

Interested Participants – Steps to begin:

  1. Complete the program application and return it to the Rural Health IT Network Director. Page 3 of the application is a FERPA release form which allows the Network Director to obtain your academic information. Please complete the form for the program you intend to participate in—if you enroll in a different program, we will update the FERPA form.
  2. The Network Director will determine your eligibility to participate in the program and notify you of a decision.
  3. If you are accepted, begin researching which educational program is the best fit for you. Feel free to contact each educational institution’s program director for additional information.
  4. Complete the college enrollment process.
  5. Notify the Network Director which program you will be participating in, and when you intend to start.
  6. Pay applicable fees, tuition, and purchase books.
  7. Study hard and get good grades!
  8. Upon successful completion of each semester (you must obtain a “C” or better in each course), the program will reimburse you for your tuition, fees, and books. Please retain your original receipts. We will also need a completed W-9 Form.
    *Some students may have received support from their employer to pay their upfront costs. In that case, the Rural Health IT program will reimburse the employer on a semester by semester basis. The student must still maintain grades of a “C” or better for each course.
  9. An additional EHR-specific training (one-day only) will be scheduled upon completion of the certificate program. More information will follow…

Outcomes – Graduates are prepared to:

  • Document the workflow and information management models of the practice.
  • Conduct user requirements analysis to facilitate workflow design.
  • Develop revised workflow and information management models for the practice, based on meaningful use of a certified EHR product.
  • As the practice implements the EHR, work directly with practice personnel to implement the revised workflow and information management model.
  • Working with practice staff, develop a set of plans to keep the practice running if the EHR system fails.
  • Working with practice staff, evaluate the new processes as implemented, identify problems and changes that are needed, and implement these changes.
  • Design processes and information flows for the practice that accommodate quality improvement and reporting.
  • Ensure that the patient/consumer perspective is incorporated into EHR deployments and that full attention is paid in the deployment to critical issues of patient privacy.
  • Train practitioners in best use of the EHR system, conforming to the redesigned practice workflow.