Colleges offer degree in Health Informatics

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Clark College and Bellevue College have joined together to offer Southwest Washington students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in Health Informatics Information Technology from Bellevue through online and remote classes.

Health informatics is the science of managing electronic health records and coordinating the computer information systems used by hospitals, clinics, health care professionals and insurance companies.

The Bureau for Labor Statistics predicts that demand for HIIT specialists will increase by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020. That rate is 50 percent higher than average job growth in all fields.

Responding to workforce needs, Clark College introduced its HIIT program in winter 2012. Previously, Clark graduates transferred to four-year schools, including the Oregon Institute of Technology. The new agreement with Bellevue allows Clark graduates to continue paying in-state tuition and earn a bachelor’s degree without leaving Clark County.