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18-credit PACS certificate program begins with fall semester



March 28, 2012

The Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education is introducing an 18-credit certificate program in Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) Administration with the fall semester in August. The certificate program prepares students to take the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional examination.

In today’s modern health care environment, supporting key and essential technology such as PACS requires a professional who is trained and experienced in both informatics and imaging technologies. Modern technology is quickly replacing medical records, data and film-based records, such as x-rays, that were once stored on paper and film with electronic media. Clinical and administrative records have been automated and digital imaging technologies are converting film-based images into electronic data. Medical facilities need trained professionals to properly manage and implement the storage and security of electronic medical data as these facilities continue to convert more files or completely switch over to electronic medical records.

Digital imaging services usually are provided and managed in health care organizations by a Radiology Information Systems (RIS) or PACS. These systems are changing the way imaging services are provided. The implementation and management of electronic medical records is a growing challenge for imaging department personnel as the technology advances and the options increase as well.

Misericordia University’s PACS Administration certificate is designed for medical imaging or health care IT professionals who want a career in health care imaging informatics. Jobs available to the imaging informaticists include the PACS and RIS administrators and other professionals who are involved with the planning, selection, implementation and operation of PACS and RIS. The certificate program is also for imaging informatics specialists involved with the analysis, design and development of the systems, and imaging systems engineers who want to update their knowledge in this field of study.

The PACS Administration certificate can be completed in as little as three semesters of six credits each. For working professionals, the program can be completed part time, as two distance education courses each over three semesters in one year. Students can also complete the program in two years by taking one course per semester. Upon completion of the certificate program, students will have an opportunity to participate in an optional, non-credit review to prepare for the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional certification examination.

For more information about the Misericordia University PACS Administration certificate program, please log in to www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6451.

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