The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced $38 million in stimulus-funded grants are available for development of health care information technology training programs at four-year colleges.

The funds are in addition to $80 million in grants announced in November to support the training of health information technology professionals in about 70 community colleges across the nation (see

Under the new program, ONC will award eight to 12 grants, totaling $32 million, to establish university-based certificate and advanced degree health I.T. training programs that can be completed in one year or less. Awards are for a 39-month project period. Applications are due by Jan. 25 with awards made in March.

Another $6 million in a single grant is available for development and initial administration of a set of health I.T. competency examinations. The award is for a two-year project period. Applications are due by Jan. 25 with the award made in March.

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--Joseph Goedert

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