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  Nov 26, 2022
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Healthcare Informatics Specialist (6165) (T.C.)

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Technical Certificate

This is a Limited Access program.


Creating competent, ethical, and confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory, and supportive learning environment. 

The Program

The Healthcare Informatics Specialist program is part of the Health Information Technology (2277) (A.S.)  degree program. Upon program completion, students will have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare delivery market as an entry-level healthcare informatics specialist. All credits may be applied toward the Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Students enrolled in the Healthcare Informatics Specialist program learn the fundamentals of biomedical sciences, medical terminology, healthcare delivery systems, and basic principles of healthcare informatics; electronic health/medical record systems; data and workflow management concepts; and project management skills specific to healthcare informatics, ethical and legal concepts, health data content, and employability skills. The program is a combination of professional courses including lecture and laboratory education components.

A minimum grade of C or higher must be achieved in all professional coursework.

The Career

Healthcare Informatics Specialists are focused on the implementation and maintenance of health information systems, such as the electronic health record. Health informatics systems require experts to provide support, planning, and testing of new systems. This technical certificate prepares students for employment as entry-level health informatics specialist or provides supplemental training for persons currently or previously employed in healthcare or information technology.

Application Procedure

Applicants must:

  1. Be currently enrolled or a former Florida State College at Jacksonville student.
  2. Complete the required prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:
  3. Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  4. Complete the Healthcare Informatics Specialist application.
  5. Submit official high school transcript or general education scores.
  6. Submit a reflection essay.
  7. Submit verification of health-related work experience (if applicable) typed on employer letterhead including the dates of employment, specific health-related duties performed and the number of hours worked per week.
  8. Submit verification of volunteer service (if applicable) typed on the organization’s letterhead.

Applicants will be ranked on the quality points earned in the courses listed above. Students who verify work experience in health information technology will earn two points per year, up to a maximum of six points. 

Application Deadline(s)

The application deadline is February 15 of each year with classes starting in the Summer term.

Need more information? Contact:

(904) 766-6567 or


Prior to being admitted to the program, an applicant must complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C or higher:

Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen

Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, additional fingerprinting and background check (e.g. the Jessica Lunsford Act for school environments), drug testing, flu shot, Covid-19 testing/vaccine and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.  It is the students’ responsibility to renew their annual physical examination as well as tuberculosis (TB) test.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating. 
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up).
  • Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or higher regardless of program of study.


This certificate articulates directly into the Health Information Technology (2277) (A.S.)  degree. Students may pursue this certificate to develop or upgrade their skills, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn the certificate while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

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