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Healthcare Informatics Specialist

This program prepares students for employment in various healthcare settings as entry-level data analysts who are capable of acquiring, managing, analyzing and presenting data so that better clinical and business decisions can be made. This certificate is also a great supplement to HIM professionals and other health care personnel who want to increase their data management and analytic skills. The course content includes medical terminology, health care delivery systems, electronic health record systems, data management and analysis, ethical and legal concepts, health data content, statistics, and employability skills.

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates earning the Healthcare Informatics Specialist certificate may be eligible to take the AHIMA Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) exam and seek employment with a hospital, outpatient surgery center, clinic, physician’s office or government agency. Some can even work from home.

Getting Started

Selection for the Healthcare Informatics Specialist program is on a first-come, first-served basis. Review the Healthcare Informatics Specialist Application Book and Program Expenses page before applying.

For more information, contact:
DeVonica Vaught, Program Director

Applying to the Healthcare Informatics Specialist Program

The application for the Fall 2024 program will be available after January 3, 2024. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2024 or until full.

To begin the application process:

  1. Read the Healthcare Informatics Specialist Application Booklet.
  2. Complete and submit the IRSC Application for the Healthcare Informatics Specialist program (Pay the $30 non-refundable application fee.)

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Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number or emails), submit the changes through MyPioneerPortal and to the Health Science Division at 772-462-7550.

Due to House Bill 1507, admission criteria can be affected. This bill has a possibility to change admission requirements for 2022 and beyond based on the Florida Department of Education rule development. For more information on House Bill 1507, visit

Due to Rule 6A-10.024 (16), admission criteria can be affected. This bill has a possibility to change admission requirements for 2024 and beyond on the Florida Department of Education rule deparement.  For more information on this rule, visit

Licensure Requirements

Indian River State College offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida.  Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. Student eligibility to apply to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam includes possession of a valid form of identification. Please visit the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) website to ensure your eligibility.

If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida or one of the compact states after graduation, IRSC cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure/certification in your state. Some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum.  If you wish to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam in another state, contact the department of management systems in the state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.

Completion of the Healthcare Informatics requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam in Florida.

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Table for Healthcare Informatics Specialist


Additional Program Information


This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team. Learn more.

Technical (College Credit) Certificates

Earn valuable Technical (College Credit) Certificates at the same time you’re completing an A.S. Degree — get double the value and additional credentials by completing these blocks of courses. For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

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