Health Care Informatics is an emerging specialization in the health care industry that joins the disciplines of information technology, communications, and health care. A professional in Health Care Informatics will create or implement databases to collect, store and access medical data for hospitals, clinics and research or teaching facilities. They may analyze existing systems and workflows in clinics or hospitals and develop recommendations for ways to update or streamline their work processes. These professionals bridge the technology transfer gap between those entrusted to provide clinical care and those who manage the complex information systems required to operate today’s health care system. A career in health care informatics requires no special licensure or certification at this time. However, it is a very competitive field. The minimum of an Associate’s degree will be required to find a job in this field. It is recommended that graduates of this program continue on to our partner institution, UM – Montana Tech in Butte to obtain their bachelor's degree for the ability to advance in the field. Montana Tech's curriculum prepares the graduate to sit for two major certification exams, which may also give a recent graduate an "edge" in their job search. A limited number of students are admitted spring semester of each year. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available space, not all qualified applicants will be accepted. Since the competitive selection is based on GPA, students with higher GPAs are most likely to be accepted.
Miles Community College subscribes to the philosophy of a comprehensive community college, including an “open door” admissions policy designed to encourage all adults to continue their education.
The commitment to an open door admissions policy is defined as providing all eligible students with access to an appropriate educational offering at the College. Anyone over the age of 18 is admitted to the College if they have a high school diploma, GED, or satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores; but the College reserves the right to guide students into the courses and programs that will enhance their opportunities for success.
Admission to the College does not necessarily imply eligibility to enroll in a course with established prerequisites (See Course Descriptions starting on page 84) or to enter a program that has a limited number of spaces and minimum entrance requirements. ACCUPLACER and ACT/SAT test scores are used to help place students in appropriate level courses.