WITC set to add new programs
With the addition of health information technology and medical office specialist, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College continues its commitment to providing career-focused training.
Employment opportunities in the health care industry are projected to grow faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That remains true despite the sluggish economy and job losses in other sectors. As a result, WITC will begin offering health information technology (HIT) at each of its four campuses.
"People who prefer to be 'behind the scenes' will be more interested in the health information technology program," said Kate Siegler, dean of allied health. "They will be able to code records for reimbursement, research and statistics and gather health information for multiple purposes. This is a growing career with a wide variety of opportunities."
Career paths for graduates of this associate degree include work as a health information technician, reimbursement coordinator, privacy and/or security officer, and data quality and integrity monitor.
A medical coding specialist diploma will be embedded into the HIT program. This will allow students to earn a diploma after one year and enter the workforce while they continue the final year of the program to earn the associate degree. The program is also ideal for those currently working in medical and clinical offices who would like to advance in the field.
A new Medical Office Specialist program will also be offered at all the WITC campuses as well. This technical diploma combines medical office skills with computer skills to prepare graduates of the program for employment on the administrative side of health care working in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other health organizations.
"This program is a good option for people who are looking at the medical field, but want to work in an office or customer service capacity rather than in a lab," says Leslie Bleskachek WITC academic dean, business division.
Graduates of this program can grow their technical diploma into the medical administrative specialist associate degree offered through WITC's New Richmond and Rice Lake campuses. The medical office specialist technical diploma combines medical office skills with computer skills to prepare graduates for employment on the administrative side of health care working in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other health organizations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment related to this field is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2018.
For more in-depth information, contact a WITC Admissions Advisor or visit witc.edu/programs. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized training and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System.