Health Information Technology

Program Overview

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Are you interested in IT and want to put those skills to use helping others? The certificate in Health IT will prepare you for a career as an IT professional in a medical center or hospital setting. You'll earn foundational IT skills, gain exposure to the industry standard electronic health record system, and build essential communication and customer service skills.

Cohort-based programs, such as Health IT, are programs in which you progress alongside your fellow classmates throughout your coursework. Cohort programs build community and provide you with a network of future Health IT professionals.

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for the Health Information Technology Program

What You’ll Get

We partner with hospitals and health centers across King County and Washington to prepare you for a rewarding career in Health IT. Within just one year of training, you’ll get:

  • The Health IT certificate from Seattle Central College, co-designed with the healthcare industry, covering foundational IT skills, customer service skills, and exposure to Epic, the leading electronic health record system in the country  
  • CompTIA A+ certification, the industry standard for establishing a career in IT and the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles - trusted by employers around the world
  • A capstone to build hands-on experience in Health IT to add to your resume

Program Details

  • Location: The program is offered online through Seattle Central College.
  • Start Date: This year's cohort of the Health IT program will begin on September 26, 2023. 
  • Length: 9 months (15 credits per quarter for 3 quarters).
  • Schedule and Modality: Courses will be offered online, with potential for hybrid formats (a combination of in-person and online). All courses will take place in the evenings so you can work, take care of your family, or engage other pursuits during the daytime hours.
  • Costs and Funding: The total cost of the program for a Washington State resident is $4,206. Several financial supports are available, including Federal Financial Aid, Workforce Funds, and a full scholarship provided by Seattle Children’s Hospital. The cost for international students will be different. Please contact International Programs for assistance.
  • Apply Now for the Health Information Technology Program.
  • Class Size: 15 – 25 students 
  • Program Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for program entry, though basic conversational English and basic math skills are helpful. Anyone who is a high school graduate or anyone age 18 or older can enroll.
  • For Additional Questions: Contact or 206-934-4347.

To Register

Follow the Steps to Enroll (Complete before beginning classes September 26)

August Info Sessions

Join us for a virtual info sessions on August 16 and 22 from 5 to 6 p.m.: and in-person August 21 HEC Room 204.

Although the program coursework will be delivered virtual (online), if you are admitted to the program, you will be required to attend an in-person program orientation in mid-September at Seattle Central College’s Health Education Center. More information to come.

Job and Salary Prospects

We know that access to a career you love is crucial. Potential employers for graduates of the program include:

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • NeighborCare Health
  • Swedish Hospitals
  • UW Medicine
  • Many more

The Health IT micropathway will help you gain access to the many career options within the Health IT field, from Health IT engineer to trainer, manager, and beyond.

Starting salaries for these entry-level roles are typically between $50 - $60K per year, with the opportunity to earn more as you advance.

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.