The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 22, 2013

New River offering veterans scholarship in health care

— Veterans interested in the Health Information Technology Program at New River Community and Technical College can apply for a $10,000 scholarship funded by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the AHIMA Foundation.

The AHIMA Veterans Scholarship Program was established to help develop the next generation of health information management professionals by helping our men and women in uniform move on to a bright new future and career in health care.

The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for veterans of the U.S. armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard) and the spouses of active or veteran services members, including surviving spouses.

Individuals must be accepted into an accredited Health Information Management program in the United States and enrolled as a full-time student in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program.

Applicants must complete an online application, write a 250-400 word essay and provide other supporting documentation. Complete application information and forms can be found at at  

Selection preference will be given to physically wounded or disabled veterans, surviving spouses and those who served a combat tour of duty. The application deadline is Sept. 6, and the recipient will be notified on Sept. 23.

New River’s Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology degree prepares students for careers in health information management. A Registered Health Information Technician’s (RHIT) responsibilities typically include maintaining, compiling, analyzing and evaluating health data, controlling the use and release of health information, and supervising staff.

Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, outpatient and ambulatory care facilities, physicians’ offices, nursing homes and other long term care facilities, health insurance groups and companies as well as local, state and federal health agencies. The curriculum combines courses on campus with clinical experience in selected health care facilities.

The Health Information Technology Program is offered at New River’s Beckley, Greenbrier Valley and Nicholas County Campuses. Fall classes begin Aug. 19, and the registration deadline is Aug. 9. For further information, contact the Beckley Campus at 304-929-5450, the Greenbrier Valley Campus at 304-647-6560, or the Nicholas County Campus at West Virginia 304-872-1236.