2020-2021 Spring Edition 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healthcare Technology Optimization Specialist Certificate of Achievement

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This certificate program prepares the student demonstrate proficiency in certain health IT workforce roles integral to the implementation and management of electronic health information. It prepares for employment as a healthcare optimization specialist in an acute care hospital, clinic or physician’s office, long-term care facility, and other health care settings. It helps professionals upgrade their skills to coordinate interdepartmental communications and provide the link between health and IT.

Healthcare optimization specialists manage the documentation process, manage data life cycle, abide by standards guidelines to facilitate workflows, reimbursement, analyze patient outcomes, and medical research. The HCTOS certificate of achievement prepares students to take the national certification examination to become a Certified Health Technology Specialist (CHTS) offered by American Health Information Association (AHIMA). This program provides training through didactic instruction and labs. Facilities employing HCTOS professionals include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, physician offices, long-term care facilities, and insurance firms.

Occupations/Fields that the program will prepare the student to enter:

  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Health Data Management
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Healthcare Optimization
  • Practice Management
  • Health Data Education
  • Medical office administration
  • Quality Improvement analyst
  • Help Desk


  • Coordinate interdepartmental communications
  • Manage data life cycle
  • Manage documentation processes
  • Maximize software applications
  • Perform productivity measures in the healthcare environment
  • Participate in project management
  • Manage administrative functions
  • Adhere to quality control protocols
  • Computer and other digital applications and in health care
  • Use health information exchange standards
  • Abide by standards, regulations, and guidelines

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Use appropriate medical terminology
  • Coordinate interdepartmental communications
  • Utilize technology in the healthcare environment
  • Use business intelligence tools for analysis and reporting
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory requirements, standards and guidelines
  • Assess healthcare workflows


Course ID Title Units
HSC 104   Medical Terminology 3
CIM 10  or Introduction to Information Systems 3
CIM 1   Computer Information Systems 4
MA 280  or Healthcare Organization Practices 3
HIT 100  * Health Information Science 2
CIMW 105   Web Development and DB - Intro SQL and MYSQL 3
HIT 111  * Healthcare Information Technologies (HCIT) 3
CIMA 288   Database Reporting 3.5




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