March 17, 2021 – Optimum Healthcare IT, a Best in KLAS healthcare IT staffing and consulting services company, announced today that they have partnered with the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the Optimum CareerPath™ apprenticeship program. The CareerPath program is a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program in Healthcare IT that creates career pathways between college students and the healthcare industry.

URI and Optimum Healthcare IT share a desire for URI students and recent alumni to have access to careers in Healthcare IT. URI students entering the Optimum CareerPath program will go through an immersive training program that includes two phases. The first phase consists of Core and Technical Education, where a solid foundation of healthcare and healthcare IT knowledge is formed. Upon completing phase one, students will then move into their respective application-specific technical tracks for phase two, focusing on specific IT skills and platforms used by healthcare organizations. After training, the students will join Optimum project teams serving clients across the United States.

In addition to CareerPath training, apprentices will receive a certification from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHiME) and training on specific applications or platforms necessary to succeed in their new roles.

Healthcare organizations need additional IT staffing and are pursuing various approaches to both attract and retain staff. Whether it is specialists capable of implementing and supporting electronic health record (EHR) systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, data analysts, or data engineers, the Optimum CareerPath program can provide the right resources.

About The University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island is the state’s flagship public higher education institution serving students from 48 U.S. states and territories and 67 nations. It enrolls about 17,650 undergraduate and graduate students. As a public Land Grant university in a highly competitive region in the United States, URI remains one of the most affordable universities in the Northeast for both in-state and out-of-state students.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) Business Engagement Center (BEC) is the “front door” for the industry to connect with the vast resources that exist at the University to sponsor research opportunities, access assistance with technology or intellectual property transfer, seek information about licensing, receive customized workforce training, and connect with undergraduate and graduate students for internships, as well as other essential services to help business thrive

About Optimum Healthcare IT
Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare IT staffing and consulting services firm based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Optimum provides world-class professional staffing services to fill any need as well as consulting services that encompass advisory, EHR implementation, training and activation, managed services, enterprise resource planning, technical services, and ServiceNow® – supporting our client’s needs through the continuum of care. Our leadership team has extensive experience in providing expert healthcare staffing and consulting solutions to all types of organizations.

Visit or call 1.904.373.0831 to find out how your organization can take advantage of our solution offerings.

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