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HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Training Course

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires that the university train all NSU Health Care Component Workforce Members about the university’s HIPAA Policies and those specific HIPAA required procedures that may affect the work you do for the university. This is accomplished by having the Workforce Member read and sign the form entitled, “HIPAA Confidentiality and Need to Know Agreement,” and complete the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Orientation Course within 30 days of hire. All NSU Health Care Component Workforce Members will also be required to attend a refresher training at the Annual Provider Specific Compliance Training. Furthermore, the NSU Privacy Officer may require certain NSU Workforce Members to complete additional HIPAA privacy training to address non-compliance and/or minimize the risk of future non-compliance.

Definition of Workforce Member

For purposes of the NSU Privacy Policies, a Workforce Member includes health care providers, employees, trainees, and other persons whose conduct, in the performance of work for NSU is under the direct control of NSU, whether or not they are paid by NSU or a Health Care Component. 45 C.F.R. § 160.103. It does not include Business Associates or their employees and agents. See 45 CFR 160.103.

Objectives of the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Orientation Course

The objectives for the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Orientation Course for all NSU Health Care Component Workforce Members are to provide a basic overview of HIPAA including but not limited to:

  • The workforce member’s role in maintaining the privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI);  
  • What information must be protected under state and federal privacy laws;
  • Patient rights regarding access to and use of their health information; and
  • The workforce member’s responsibility for reporting incidents and consequences for non-compliance.

How Long Will It Take to Complete the online HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Orientation Course?

Most people are able to complete all three (3) modules of the Initial HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Training Course in approximately 2 hours. 

How do I access the training?

You may access the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Research Orientation Course via Canvas through your account. Please see the instructions for accessing your HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Orientation Course on this website.

What if I do not complete the training?

Those who fail to complete the assigned HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Research Orientation Course and refresher training during their designated training period may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Office of Human Resources Employee Policies or College/Academic Program Policies, as applicable.

Temporary Workforce Members (Hired as a Temporary Employee with Nova Southeastern University)

NSU Health Care Component Temporary Workforce Members with a duration of employment of thirty (30) days or more will be required to read and sign the HIPAA Confidentiality and Need to Know Agreement, and complete the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research Orientation Course within thirty (30) days of hire. However, a Workforce Member with a duration of employment of less than 30 days will be required to read and sign the HIPAA Confidentiality and Need to Know Agreement and complete the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Research training entitled, “NSU HIPAA Temporary Workforce Member/ Self Study.” Please note that it does not include Business Associates or their employees and agents.

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