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Frequently asked questions

Update!


The CME fee has been temporarily waived through 6/20/17. This is limited to the first 450 trainees who register, complete a course, and apply for CMEs by 6/20/2017. 

Updated: 3/27/2017

ONC Training

Health Information Technology Training

​Who qualifies to take this training?

This opportunity is available to the entire healthcare workforce, including MDs, DO, DDS's, NPs, PA-Cs, RNs and MAs. Also included are healthcare leaders and managers, care coordinators, medical administrative professionals, claims coders, quality officers and senior staff. In short: anyone who would benefit from understanding key concepts of healthcare transformation. Other qualifying industries include medical device, insurance, allied health, and any facility/organization that works directly with healthcare service or operations.


How long will this opportunity be available?

Enrollment is open and courses are running through June 2017. The number of training seats are limited. Courses will be offered until seats are filled. 


Is there a fee?

Taking this training is completely free of charge - funded by the ONC (Office of the National Coordinator

for Health Information Technology). To obtain CME credit there is a one-time $45 fee which covers all of

the eligible courses. <--This fee has been waived through 6/20/2017.


How are the courses delivered and how long are they?

Courses are completely online and self-paced. Each course is open for a two-week window (cohort). Each course can realistically be completed within that two week window, however if more time is needed trainees may transfer into the next cohort. Actual completion time may vary by course and by student. Estimated hours are noted for each course. 


Will I be able to do my coursework at work?

Trainees should discuss this with their supervisor. Many organizations do allow their employees to complete this training during work hours. We encourage organizations to support their employees' development with time to complete the courses, but we understand how pressured everyone is to make things happen. Some training may be tied to professional development plans to this end.


Can I take more than one course?

YES! In fact, we encourage you to do that. When you successfully complete one course, you will receive a certificate of completion. If you complete all assigned courses within a certificate track you will receive a Master Certificate for that track. 


Are Contact Hours, CEUs or CMEs availabe?

CME credits are available for courses in all three tracks. Contact hours and CEUs are available for courses in the Healthcare Data Analytics and Value-Based Care tracks. Please review this page to be sure the terminology we are using in this area aligns with your understanding. Accreditation and Certificates


Will I get a certificate of completion?

Certificates of completion will be emailed to students who complete the course within 4 weeks of the end of the cohort in which they complete the course. If you prefer to receive a paper certificate please notify our office at mnhit@normandale.edu


What are Master Certificate Tracks?

The following courses make up a "Master Certificate" in each of the topic areas. Upon completion of all courses in the track, students may request a Master Certificate to show their completion of all the courses in that track.


Value-Based Care Certificate Track

The Business of Value-Based Care – 8 hours

Applications of Value-Based Care – 7 hours

Negotiating Contracts for Value-Based Care – 2 hours (optional for certificate track)


Healthcare Data Analytics Certificate Track

Understanding Healthcare Data Analytics – 8 hours

Clinical Data Analytics and the Learning Health System – 9 hours


Population Health Certificate Track

Population Health Policy – 8 hours
Population Health Data Analytics – 9 hours
Population Health Interventions – 11 hours


What are Learning Coaches?

All courses are supplemented with Learning Coaches to provide support to students as they complete the course. Students will receive an email from their assigned Learning Coach when the course opens. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them for assistance at any time.


Chris Espersen is the Learning Coach for Understanding Healthcare Data Analytics (UHDA), Business of Value-Based Care (BVBC), Applications of Value-Based Care (AVBC), and Contracts for Value-Based Care (CVBC). Her contact information is chris.espersen@normandale.edu


Jen Ortiz is the Learning Coach for Clinical Data Analytics and the Learning Health System (CDA), Population Health Policy (PHP), Population Health Data Analytics (PHDA), and Population Health Interventions (PHI). Her contact information is jennifer.ortiz@normandale.edu


Visit our ACT Health IT website for the most up-to-date information on the ONC Workforce Training Program. https://www.mnhealthit.com/act.html