New England Institute of Technology Offers Electronic Health Records Training

Warwick, RI – Steven H. Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the college, in partnership with Quality Partners of Rhode Island, is offering the first “industry customized” Electronic Health Records (EHR) program in New England. This specifically designed training program was created as a result a $2.8 million grant awarded to New England Tech and Quality Partners from the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a workforce training program.

This program is open to administrators, physicians, nurses, nursing support staff, and office managers of long term care facilities and physician offices. These individuals will learn the required skills now mandated for the healthcare industry whereby all physician offices, hospitals, long term care facilities and community-based health centers are proficient in EHR standards by 2015.

As Kitchin stated, “We are excited to join with Quality Partners of Rhode Island to provide high quality training for a new area of technology in the healthcare industry. This grant is a direct result of stimulus funds from the U.S. government and will provide free training to qualified applicants, which is valued at approximately $14,000 per person for the full three tier program. One of the grant’s goals is to train a minimum of 180 participants and so far, the response has been extremely positive.”

The program has been structured in three tiers to accommodate various skill levels with the premise of advancing to the next level. Tier 1 is a basic program designed for staff with minimum computer skills and limited knowledge of medical information and includes 340 hours of instruction. Tier 2, which consists of 330 hours, will provide instruction to those individuals working in a medical setting and possessing computer skills but not a broad working knowledge of EHR. Tier 3 is for the experienced worker with a high level of computer skills and is comprised of 33 hours of study. The program will also prepare individuals to sit for the Certified Professionals in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) national accrediting exam which will be administered at New England Tech with the cost of the exam being covered by the grant.

Placement testing is given to determine each participant’s level of knowledge for enrollment in the appropriate tier. The first class, Introduction to Electronic Health Records, began on March 3, 2011. More than 70 additional participants have taken the placement exam and are ready to begin classes. With a waiting list of 68 individuals, additional placement testing is currently scheduled. To accommodate individuals working full time, classes will be scheduled in the evenings and on Saturday mornings.

According to Marguerite McLaughlin, Senior Program Administrator at Quality Partners
of Rhode Island, “New England Institute of Technology demonstrates a great example
of an innovative educational organization responding to the specific request and need of the healthcare industry. We actively survey our healthcare industry partners frequently to determine their needs, and this was one educational topic that has come to the top of the list each time. New England Tech has done a great job responding.”

For more information on the EHR training program, contact Fred Santaniello, Account Executive with New England Tech’s Center for Technology and Industry, at 401-739-5000 or

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,300 students in over 30 Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.