HITECH • Rural HIT Workforce Program

*** The counties for this grant have been extended to include the El Paso area. Please contact us to see if you are eligible. ***

Announcing HRSA Grant: Rural HIT Workforce Program online!     

Program Brochure       Program Flyer        See Map of Coverage Area

Qualified candidates will have tuition, book, and fees covered when accepted into the online program.  

 More information will be on the web site shortly, but here are the preliminary details:

  • AHEC of the Plains in Plainview, Texas, has been awarded a training grant for current employees of rural health.
  • Midland College is the provider of the courses for the certificate training options.
  • The West Texas HITREC (at Texas Tech University Health Science Center) will be assisting Midland College by evaluating apprenticeship objectives on-site at the place of employment. 

OBJECTIVE:  Offer two certificate options with an apprenticeship component to assist rural health care providers and facilities in the implementation, maintenance, and reporting of information as required for CMS participation. 

PROGRAM:  Two certificate options are available that are to be completed within 12-18 months with an online cohort of students.  Start dates are January 13, 2014, June 2014, and August 2014 using the college schedule of courses for each term.

Classes are eight weeks in length, and students may take up to two courses each session.  Course schedules are set on a rotation basis to meet entry points for certificate completion within the 12-18 month program.  Certificate options include: 

IT Interoperability Track: Requires previous education OR previous background in an IT environment for a least two year with some administrative and/or healthcare experience.  Students are prepared for the CHTS certifications offered by AHIMA for Technical Software Support or Implementation Support Specialist.

Data Quality Manager Track: Requires two years of related education or experience in healthcare, preferably in Nursing, Health Information Management, or other clinical role.  Provides students with courses that incorporate the learning competencies for both the Practice Workflow and Redesign Specialist and the Clinician Practitioner Consultant certifications from AHIMA (CHTS).  Certification Guide

See Counties included in Grant                       Certificate Description & Courses

QUALIFICATIONS:  1) Students are required to provide proof of a minimum of two years of experience in health care OR two years of education in a health related field.  Official transcripts are required only for education qualification.  A letter on letterhead from the employer with the dates of service, job title and contact information is required for verification of employment.

2) The employee will complete the apprenticeship portion of the training at current place of employment to evaluate learning objectives and application of course content.   Apprenticeship sites include, but are not limited to, critical care hospitals, physician practice, and clinics. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:                                               

1) Apply to Midland College at applytexas.org. Students should be aware that when applying, use the "certificate" option to avoid delays in processing. Applications can take up to six weeks to process, and official transcripts of previous college work must be submitted to Enrollment Services (previously the Admissions office) prior to being cleared for registration. Request all official transcripts to be sent from previous colleges to the Midland College Enrollment Services office. 

2) Submit Rural HIT Application to the Rural HIT Workforce Program to: 

  • Midland College  
  • c/o Rural HIT Coordinator, HIM Department
  • 3600 N. Garfield, DHS Building Room 228,
  • Midland, TX 79705,
  • OR scan and email to hitech@midland.edu. 

Interested parties should inquire by email at hitech@midland.edu or call HITT 432-685-6891. 



For more information, please contact us at :

Health Information Technology 432-685-6891
Davidson Family Health Sciences Building Room 220