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Health Information Technology Associate in Science

Health Information Technology Associate in Science
Type: AS
Subplan Code: HINFO-AS
CIP: 1351070700

Profession

Health Information Technology (HIT) professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the sensitive data doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality medical care in hospitals, physicians’ offices and long-term care facilities. Insurance companies and government agencies also employ these professionals to manage patient health information and records, administer computer information systems and code diagnoses and procedures.

Program Description

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) Education, Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Health Information Technology Program prepares students to utilize technology to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data. Graduates possess the skills required to process requests for patient health documents, code clinical information and review health data for clinical management, billing, reimbursement and compliance while protecting patient privacy.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program have numerous employment options in healthcare facilities, government agencies and managed care organizations. To learn more, visit hicareers.com.

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 21 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

College Credit Certificates

Students may complete the following college credit certificate as part of the Health Information Technology A.S. degree:

  • Medical Information Coder/Biller

Degree Transfer

DirectConnect to UCF: Graduates of the A.S. degree in Health Information Technology who meet additional requirements are eligible to transfer to the University of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Information Management. Students planning to transfer should review requirements of a "C" or higher in their discipline-specific courses. UCF also requires that students complete Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting as prerequisite courses for the B.S. in HIM. However, these courses are not required for the A.S. in HIM degree at Seminole State.

Certifications

Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the following industry certifications:

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA), (AHIMA001)
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), (AHIMA002)
  • Certified Coding Specialist - Physician-based (CCS-P), (AHIMA003)
  • Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)
  • Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA)
  • Certified in Health Care Privacy & Security (CHPS), (AHIMA010)
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), (AHIMA007)

Additional industry certifications may be available for college credit certificate programs.

Placement and Salary Information

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Courses
Available Courses
Required Courses
55
Note: NUR 1210 may substitute for HIM 1433
Note: NUR 1141C may substitute for HSC 1149
General Education Courses
15

Humanities or History General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits

Any General Education course

3
Credits

Recommended:

Total Credits:
70
Note:

If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college developmental mathematics course(s) if you are non-exempt and if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.

Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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