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Health Informatics

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:


General Health Sciences Technical Skills

  • Apply professional standards when interacting with patients and families
  • Identify and interpret medical terminology
  • Maintain appropriate infection controls procedures
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology


Health Informatics Technical Skills

  • Read, interpret, and extract information from medical documents, applying knowledge of medical terminology, billing, and diagnostic codes
  • Establish and maintain record storage systems within legal guidelines and protocols
  • Collect and interpret health information data for a variety of purposes (e.g., determining community health information needs)
  • Identify job opportunities and responsibilities within the health informatics field

Academic Foundations

  • Apply reading skills in a health science career environment
  • Apply writing skills in a health science career environment
  • Apply mathematical skills in a health science career environment
  • Apply science skills in a health science career environment



  • Describe the relationships, roles, and responsibilities among healthcare professionals
  • Analyze the impact on healthcare systems based on changes in technology, epidemiology, managed care, etc.



  • Apply appropriate laws, regulations, and industry standards to healthcare situations
  • Identify ethical issues and demonstrate ethical behavior in healthcare situations



  • Communicate with patients using appropriate language and level, including using appropriate techniques for communicating with special needs patients (e.g., hard of hearing)
  • Apply listening skills and interpret verbal and nonverbal behaviors to enhance communication with coworkers and patients
  • Interpret and use tables, charts, and figures to support written and oral communication


Information Technology Applications

  • Use word processing, presentation software, and email applications to prepare communication
  • Use spreadsheet and database applications to manage and communicate data and information


Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Decision Making

  • Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to locate credible sources of information about problems and determine appropriate methods for investigating causes
  • Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to determine root causes of problems and to suggest and evaluate solutions


Leadership and Teamwork

  • Apply leadership qualities to improve the quality of work and the work environment
  • Work effectively in a team environment to improve the quality of work and the work environment


Safety, Health and Environmental

  • Identify and practice appropriate safety and health procedures for healthcare occupations
  • Demonstrate appropriate emergency and first aid knowledge and procedures for healthcare occupations
  • Identify and practice appropriate environmental procedures for healthcare occupations


Employability and Career Development

  • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behavior related to a health occupations career
  • Develop career readiness skills to advance in health occupations


Written Assessment:

Administration Time: 2 hours
Number of Questions: 104

Areas Covered: 

General Health Sciences Technical Skills: 17%

Health Informatics Technical Skills: 16%

Academic Foundations: 11%

Systems: 7%

Ethic and Legal Responsibilities: 7%

Communications: 9%

Information Technology Applications: 6%

Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Decision Making: 6%

Leadership and Teamwork: 6%

Safety, Health, and Environmental: 9%

Employability and Career Development: 6%

Sample Questions:

Penicillin is an effective antibiotic treatment for some _____ infections.

  1.  bacterial
  2.  viral
  3.  fungal
  4.  hereditary


When assisting a client into a chair, the nursing assistant notices the client’s grimace and guarding of the left arm. This is an example of

  1.  non-verbal communication
  2.  feedback
  3.  verbal communication
  4.  empathy


To be a good team leader, it is important to

  1.  be a technical expert in the field
  2.  force others to agree with the leader
  3.  be popular with the employees
  4.  recognize the strengths of others


The integumentary system includes the

  1.  liver and pancreas
  2.  eyes and ears
  3.  brain and spinal cord
  4.  hair and nails


As part of standard precautions, use the _____ technique to remove items from isolation.

  1.  sterile
  2.  transfer
  3.  brake
  4. double bag


Which of the following is generally considered a barrier to effective communication with patients?

  1.  maintaining eye contact
  2.  using complicated medical terms
  3.  being sensitive to cultural differences
  4.  using clear and concise pronunciation


Combining address file data with a form letter is called

  1.  mail merge
  2.  a personal letter
  3.  a business letter
  4.  auto-addressing


The best method for disposing of saturated bloody dressings is to

  1.  wrap them in paper towels and put in a dumpster
  2.  put them in the biohazard container
  3.  flush them down the toilet
  4.  put them in a trash can or wastebasket


The purpose of straining urine is to check for

  1.  gall stones
  2.  stool
  3.  blood
  4.  kidney stones


An individual who types dictation from physicians for patient records is a

  1.  medical transcriptionist
  2.  phlebotomist
  3.  office manager
  4.  physician assistant