Applicants who meet a March 1, 2012 deadline for the Fall 2012 Applied Health Informatics program at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) are now eligible for $10,000 in tuition support.
According to Patricia Abbott, PhD, RN, Director of the JHUSON Applied Health Informatics Program, additional monies will provide tuition support for up to 30 applicants. The funding has been made through the U.S. government’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, earmarked $19 billion for HIT education and development.
The interdisciplinary online program is open to both nurses and non-nurses who have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of healthcare experience. The post-baccalaureate 12-credit hour program begins in August 2012 and is completed in nine months. The final two terms of the program (16 weeks) require an eight-hour-a-week practicum experience in a HIT environment local and convenient to the student.
“This will be the last year that HITECH funding will enable us to offer $10,000 in tuition support to qualified applicants,” notes Abbott. She adds that it is an “unparalleled opportunity for those who are interested in leading the digital transformation of healthcare and in improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare by harnessing the power of health IT.” Abbott urges applicants seeking tuition support to apply by the February 15 deadline. Applicants not seeking financial assistance have until May 1, 2012 to apply.