Health informatics is one of the fastest growing career fields in the medical industry. Every day, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and other types of healthcare facilities collect, store, and transfer massive quantities of information. This data comes in the form of research statistics, patient records, facility operation information, and more. The field of health informatics (and the related field of health information technology) are all about learning how to quickly and effectively maintain data systems responsible for this this information.
Health informatics is a field that is quickly changing, so it is important that students in this career area be fast learners and adaptable. It also helps to be efficient and extremely detail-orientated, as even tiny mistakes in information could lead to major problems at a later date.
Though students can get started in health informatics with just an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree allows them to qualify for promotions and pay raises, which also often means better benefits. A bachelor’s degree program in the health informatics field typically takes about four years to complete. However, if students already have an associate’s degree in the field, they could get their BS in just two years.
A BS in health informatics is a great way to increase students’ skills in their career area and qualify for advanced informatics positions such as:
While students are not directly responsible for saving lives in an operating room (as a surgical tech would be), if they work in the field of health informatics, they are helping to save lives. Workers in the field of health informatics are responsible for putting patient charts in the hands of medical professionals as fast as possible, analyzing research data to help develop treatment options, and working with a facility’s budget to allocate money to the right funds, among other tasks. This is a great degree to consider if students want to make a difference outside of the operating room.
There are multiple educational paths that students can take to become an ultrasound technician or diagnostic medical sonographer. The schools below do not offer ultrasound-specific training, but they do offer medical assisting and other healthcare programs that are closely related. You can request information by clicking on any of the links below.
||DeVry University — For over 80 years, DeVry University has focused on relevant areas of study, offering associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs and specializations that cover 34 different career fields. Earn your associate degree in Health Information Technology from DeVry University, and prepare to be an HIT leader in contemporary hospitals, physicians' offices, medical clinics, and more. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.|
||Hodges University — Founded in 1990, Hodges University is one the premier private universities in the State of Florida. The AS in Health Information Management and AS in Health Administration programs, while not ultrasound training programs, do teach students how to use information technology to meet the needs of the healthcare industry. Hodges University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.|
||Keiser University — Keiser University, founded in 1977, is a private, regionally accredited career university offering certificates, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The AS in Medical Assisting program prepares students to perform medical assisting duties under the direction of a physician or practitioner. Keiser University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.|
||Herzing University — With a 45 year history, Herzing University is an accredited university that offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees as well as diplomas in over 45 different programs. The AS in Medical Assisting program builds on the online diploma program by incorporating the general education requirements required for this level of degree. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.|
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