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Information Systems Education Journal, v11 n1 p33-40 Feb 2013

There is little doubt that the healthcare industry is experiencing tremendous growth in regards to technology. If you have visited a healthcare professional recently, you may have seen a similar notice, "Please be patient as we implement a new electronic healthcare record system." This confluence of technology and healthcare provides a new field of study in IT--Health Information Technology (HIT). This paper describes the development and implementation process and the curriculum for a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a major in Health Information Technology. Developed in collaboration with nursing educators and in consultation with HIT professionals, this unique multi-disciplinary program blends technology and healthcare to prepare students for a wide variety of opportunities in the evolving field of HIT. The development of this degree was funded in part by a grant awarded under ARRA High Growth & Emerging Industries Grant as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration.

Descriptors: Information Technology, Bachelors Degrees, Health Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation, Success, Barriers, Educational Technology, College Programs

Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals. Box 488, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. e-mail: publisher[at]; Web site:

Autor: Howard, Elizabeth V.; Bishop-Clark, Cathy; Evans, Donna M.; Rose, Anthony W.


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