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Charter Oak State College, Connecticut’s public online college, ( ), has added new online Certificate programs in the field of healthcare designed to advance the careers of working professionals and create pathways to earning Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and credentials in the field.

Brooke N. Palkie, Ed.D, RHIA, FHIMA; Director, Health Care Administration & Health Informatics, Master’s Degree Programs, said of the online Certificates, “Charter Oak State College is focused on providing effective career pathways through education. Pathways provide students with clear and structured direction to achieve academic and career goals. Pathways offer a personalized and flexible approach to learning, allowing students to progress when it is most relevant to their professional aspirations.”

An online certificate can earn College credit that can then be applied toward a Bachelor’s degree saving a student both time and money and helping to keep the cost of a degree affordable.  Palkie said, “We are dedicated toward improving the lives of working adults and in that respect are focused on providing the most affordable path to degree completion, as well as a comprehensive educational experience that positively impacts our alums competitiveness in the marketplace.”

March 1 Undergraduate Virtual Open House

To view the College’s full offerings of online degrees and certificates in its Health Science & Technology division visit  Prospective students for all Health Care programs may RSVP for a March 1 Virtual Open House led by Program and Admissions Directors.  Attendees to the event can apply to the College for free.  Classes begin March 27.


(Pictured above: Brooke N. Palkie, Ed.D, RHIA, FHIMA; Director, Health Care Administration & Health Informatics, Master’s Degree Programs)

Certificates in Cancer Registry, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), Physician Practice Management, Provider Credentialing Specialist Provide Pathways to Degrees and Credentials

Physician Practice Management – This Certificate is suitable for Associate degreed professionals wishing to manage a physician practice. Courses cover insurance plans, health care business processes and best practices, medical office accounting, physician reimbursement, human resource management, electronic health records, HIPAA regulations, data privacy and more.

This Certificate is designed to prepare students to sit for the CPPM offered by the AAPC, plus places students on a pathway toward earning an online B.S. in Health Care Administration, and a M.S. in Health Care Administration.

Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) – This specialized Certificate allows Associate degreed professionals to utilize related skills to ensure high quality record documentation in any health care setting. It also prepares students for the CDIP exam.

This Certificate places students on a pathway toward earning an online B.S. in Health Information Management, and a M.S. in Health Informatics.

Cancer Registry Management – This specialized Certificate is for Associate degreed professionals looking to work as Cancer Registrars in the Health Information Management field. These data information specialists are responsible for collecting and reporting cancer statistics of U.S. cancer patients for use by researchers, health care providers, and public health officials and the program is designed to meet the standards and competencies of the National Cancer Registry Association.

This Certificate prepares students to sit for the CTR credential exam.

Provider Credentialing Specialist – This specialized Certificate is for those employed in health care organizations whose role is to verify that professional training, certifications, and licensing of the health care professionals in their organization is up to date and in compliance with state and federal regulations.

This Certificate is designed to prepare students to sit for the CPCS and/or CPMSM credential exams offered by the NAMSS.

These online Certificates join other in demand fields of study including Health Informatics, Health Care Administration, CAHIIM-accredited Health Information Management, Health Insurance Customer Service, Health Information Fundamentals, Leadership in Health Care Administration and Medical Coding.

Celebrating 50 years, Charter Oak State College ( is Connecticut’s public online college, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields including Health Information Management, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education and Business Administration. The College offers master’s degrees in Health Informatics, Health Care Administration and Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership.  Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and governed by Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education.