Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Instructional Program

Health information technology (HIT) makes it possible for healthcare providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people's health information. As the nation moves toward a more technologically advanced health care system, providers are going to need highly skilled health IT experts to support them in the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records.

HIT professionals are in demand.

To help address this growing demand, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded $10 million in federal funds to five domestic institutions of higher education (Oregon Health & Science University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and Duke University) to develop curriculum and instructional materials to enhance workforce training programs primarily at the community college level. For more information about HIT, click here pop out link icon. For more information about HIT Exams, click here.

Courses of Study

The HIT instructional program, composed of the 20 individual courses shown on this page, is based on the curriculum described above. These courses are free to the user. Completing these courses and passing one of the several tests shown on the right can lead to attainment of a valuable HIT credential. Click on the Course name to start the course.


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The Exam Blueprint

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), again under a grant from ONC, developed the HIT competency examinations described below. There are 6 exams. The exams are aligned with the roles and competencies developed by the Community College Consortia pop out link icon and the training courses (see the Course to Exam matrix). Each test consists of 125 multiple-choice questions to be completed in 3 hours.


Scheduling/Cancellation of the Exams
Individuals can make reservations to take exams with Pearson Vue at one of its 230 nationwide test centers (locate the nearest center pop out link icon) either by telephone (888-944-8776) or online pop out link icon. Individuals may cancel or reschedule their reservations up to 48 hours before the appointment. In the absence of an emergency, individuals who fail to make their appointment will be charged a fee and will lose the free voucher.

Cost for Individuals
The first exam without a voucher costs $299. The cost for re-taking an exam or taking an additional exam for another role is $199.

Free Exam Vouchers
Free exam vouchers, enabling individuals to take their first exam at no cost, will be available for students trained through the Community College Consortia pop out link icon program and for other individuals with relevant experience, training, or education in health care or IT. Vouchers will be available through Pearson Vue's Voucher Store pop out link icon and may be ordered by the following institutions: 1) Members of the Community College Consortia or 2) Other accredited academic institutions or 3) State and local employment agencies.