OTech fully supports continuing education and certification activities for PACS and Imaging administrators. Our seminars provide you with a pathway to both an academic degree through our affiliation with Clarkson College, one of the few institutions that provide a program targeted to these professionals, and also prepare you for one or more of the several PACS administrator certification options.
1. Accreditation: As of Jan 1, 2009, we have an Articulation Agreement with Clarkson College whereby several of our seminars can be used as credits towards an academic degree program, which are typically provided as distance learning programs. These credits are valid one year after the student takes a particular OTech course.
2. Certification: The information below is a chart of PACS Certification Guidelines for the different types of certifications offered by both the PACS Administrators Registry and Certification Association (PARCA) and the Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (CIIP). It shows the various seminars and self study courses that OTech offers that will assist you to prepare for the certification you desire. Note that the actual passing of the certification exam totally depends on the level of preparation, skills, and amount of study; there is no promise or guarantee to successful passing any of these certifications. More details about each of the certifications as well as a comparison and detailed list of subjects is included in the CIIP vs PARCA article.
Note: PARCA Certitication Pack contains all of the training materials in the form of text books, study guides and CDs covering the three major PARCA certifications, i.e. CPAS, CPSA and CPIA.
|Type||Knowledge Skills||Classes||Self Study|
|PACS Associate||IT: Computer, Operating Systems, Databases, Data representations, Networking, Security||Certified Healthcare Enterprise Architect Bootcamp||OTechU|
|Clinical: Medical terminology, Anatomy, radiology imaging, process flow, priors and outside exams||Certified Healthcare Enterprise Architect Bootcamp||OTechU|
|PARCA CPAS Certification|
|PACS System Analyst||PACS Overview, Acquisition, Viewing, Archiving, Integration, Workflow, System Administration, Outside radiology, HIPAA, Implementation||PACS System Administration||PACS System Analyst Certification Pack
(incl Study Guide)
|PARCA CPSA Certification|
|PACS Interface Analyst||DICOM: Negotiation, Messaging and objects, Storage and Image Management, Image Quality, Media, Conformance Statements, Networking, Troubleshooting||Comprehensive DICOM||CPIA Standards Pack
(incl Study Guide)
|HL7: Messaging and troubleshooting; IHE||Comprehensive HL7|
|PARCA CPIA Certification|
|PACS System Manager||PACS Policies and Procedures, set up PACS test environment, PACS maintenance and troubleshooting||Advanced PACS, DICOM and HL7 Troubleshooting|
|PACS Operations Analyst||Procurement, Project Management, Operations, Communications, Training and Education, Image Management, Information Technology, Systems Management, Clinical Engineering, Medical Informatics||Health Imaging and Informatics Project Administration|
|ABII CIIP Certification|
|EMR Administrator||PACS Policies and Procedures, set up PACS test environment, PACS maintenance and troubleshooting||Certified EMR Administrator Training|
|EMR Architect||Procurement, Project Management, Operations, Communications, Training and Education, Image Management, Information Technology, Systems Management, Clinical Engineering, Medical Informatics||Certified Healthcare Enterprise Architect Bootcamp||Health Imaging and Informatics Project Administration|
|PARCA CPEMS and CHEA certification|
PACS Core Essentials
DICOM Core Essentials
HL7 Core Essentials
IHE/XDS Core Essentials
Healthcare IT Standard Fundamentals
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