Stanford University Open Learning Initiative Health IT Foundations/CAHIMS Preparation Course

In collaboration with Stanford University Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), Bellevue College and St. Louis Community College developed a year-long, online Health Information Technology Foundations course. The content aligns with the HIMSS CAHIMS (Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems) industry certification. The course is designed to provide both a solid foundation in health IT concepts and preparation for the certification exam. The course includes ~100 hours of seat time, equivalent to 6 semester credits or 10 quarter credits. This course was the result of more than 20,000 hours of development effort. These top-of-the line instructional materials include: 1. Evidence-based instruction; 2. Scenarios; 3. Hundreds of interactive activities; 4. Fully accessible and 508-compliant content; 5. Rich visuals including videos; 6. Assessment questions designed in concert with Stanford University assessment experts; 7. Platform that provides detailed metrics on learner progress. How these materials can be used: a) Faculty can send students directly to the OLI site to complete the entire course or selected units, modules, or pages (at no cost); b) Faculty can Integrate part or all of the course into their own institution's Learning Management System (free until May, 2016; $25/student thereafter); c) Individuals can complete the course independently. Learn more about the CAHIMS certification exam: Access the OLI course site:
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Primary Material Type:
Reference Material
Bellevue College
Project Name:
Health eWorkforce
Stanford, Health IT, Foundation, HIT

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations (29-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Credential
  • Other
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
100 hours
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Active - requires user to respond to prompts, questions, etc.
Quality Note:
Stanford University learning engineers and assessment experts guided the entire instructional design process.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers


Accessibility Features:
  • Text Access - Text to Speech
  • Text Adjust - Compatible
  • Text Adjustment - Adjust Font and Colors
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Layout - Page numbers match printed material
  • Reading Layout - Reflow the Text
  • Reading Order - Digital resource layout
  • Structural Markup - Navigation Text
  • Structural Markup - Lists
  • Structural Markup - eReader application
  • Table Markup
  • Hyperlinks Rendered As Active
  • Colors Compatible With Assistive Technology
  • Contrast Ratio of at Least 4.5:1.
  • Language - Markup
  • Language - Passage Markup
  • Non-Decorative Images Have Alt Text
  • Decorative Images Marked With Null Alt Text
  • Complex Images, Charts, and Graphs Have Text Descriptions
  • Synchronized Text Track
  • Transcript Provided With Audio Content
  • Audio/Video Delivered Via Media Player
  • Non Flickering Content
  • STEM Content (e.g. Mathematics, Chemistry) Markup
  • STEM - Notation markup
  • Interactive - Keyboard
  • Interactive - Markup
  • Interactive - Text prompts

Copyright / Licensing

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Primary License:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.