Health Information Technology Associate in Science

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Without the staff to report all the health data, our doctor’s offices wouldn’t function efficiently. With this in-demand degree, you will learn to utilize technology to collect, analyze, monitor and report health data to the appropriate parties. Students will learn to process clinical codes, patient requests, billing and compliance with the goal of protecting patient privacy.

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Getting Started: Fall 2020

June 8:   Financial Aid

Aug. 17:   Application

Aug. 24:   Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
  • Small class sizes: With classes of 30 or less, you don’t have to learn in an auditorium.
  • Online degree option: Most courses for our A.S. degrees are offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want. 
  • Seamless transitionMost A.S. graduates earn credits that can be applied to a bachelor's degree at Seminole State or at the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect™ to UCF.*
  • Job Placement: According to state data, most Seminole State A.S. programs have placement rates above 90 percent.

*A.S. students who are planning to transfer to bachelor's degree programs should meet with a counselor, advisor or specialist to make sure the required courses are taken and the entry requirements are met.

Health Information Technology Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : HINFO-AS
CIP: 1351070700
Educational Pathway: HINFO-AS

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 Admission

All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screening. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their coursework.

Please visit the Health Information Technology web page for additional information.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
55

Students must complete all course work with grades of "C" or higher to graduate.

This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
This is an advanced course in computer applications that focuses on the advanced use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and have the necessary skills to solve real world business problems. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
This course introduces the student to the health information management (HIM) career field. Students will be provided with a strong foundation in the principles of HIM such as the content and management of the medical record, paper-based and electronic, healthcare law, classification systems, healthcare statistics and quality management. The healthcare delivery system will also be explored with emphasis placed on the hospital and medical staff organization as well as the types of healthcare facilities.
This course provides an overview of all body system diseases and conditions, including etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic treatment modalities, prognosis and prevention. This course will provide the student the opportunity to explore basic concepts regarding the most common therapeutic medications prescribed to treat the most common human disease conditions. The five rights of drug administration and causes of medication errors will also be identified in order to enhance medical record review.
This course is a presentation of the essential anatomy and physiology of the human body. All body organ systems are discussed in a format of lecture, diagrams and audio-visual material. The course will introduce some aspects of chemistry and microbiology as it relates to healthcare, although emphasis is not placed in these areas. A knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body as a basis for later study of disease processes is an essential part of the curriculum for students in the health profession.
This course builds the foundation for understanding the legal and ethical aspects of health information management, including the structure of the American legal system and the principles of health law. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the role that medical record information has in legal proceedings, healthcare legislation and regulations. Topics include legal terminology, HIPAA privacy and security of health information, patient rights, and the role of HIM professionals in risk management and compliance programs. Some of the course exercises and activities include HIPAA compliance, healthcare data breaches, medical record completion and the release and tracking of health information. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course provides an overview of healthcare information systems with a concentration on computerized health information management (HIM) functions. Through hands-on learning, students will be introduced to common software applications utilized to perform HIM processes. Emerging technology issues in healthcare will be explored. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is an introduction to the collection, statistical computation, compilation and presentation of internal and external healthcare data in the following four categories: administrative, public health and financial, including value-based purchasing. In addition, the course will include basic research terminology and methodologies. Some of the course exercises include: fundamental Excel computations and data display techniques, analysis of public health data, and working with large data sets. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course examines the complex financial systems within today's healthcare environment, providing an understanding of the healthcare reimbursement methodologies used to facilitate provider reimbursement. Students will learn about applicable state and federal regulations related to HIPAA-mandated electronic claims transactions and CMS-1450 (commonly referred to as the UB-04) claims processing. Other topics such as payer requirements and voluntary insurance will be examined. An introduction to regulatory compliance, revenue cycle and charge description master (CDM) maintenance will be provided. This course will help prepare the student to pursue a multifunctional career path in areas dealing with health information management and patient financial services in physician offices and/or acute care facilities. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
Part one of this course covers advanced medical coding for inpatient using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets. Students will learn the key attributes of ICD-10-PCS, including organization, structure, conventions and tables. This course will allow the student to continue improving their quality and accuracy in code selection based on the official guidelines for coding and reporting, along with other official coding references. In the second half of this course, the student will engage in an in-depth study of the revenue cycle process. The student will explore each component of the revenue cycle process: payer reimbursement, patient access, documentation and charge capture, records completion and coding, and lastly, claims management. This in-depth study will prepare the student to participate in revenue cycle management activities within a healthcare organization. Throughout the entire course, the student will engage in hands-on learning using computer-assisted coding (CAC) software, encoders and groupers. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
The Practicum I will enable the student to gain hands-on practice with actual patient medical records for ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding. Students will attend a professional meeting related to HIM/HIT to begin forming professional relationships. Students will practice the basic employability skills of resume writing and job interviewing to be prepared to make the transition from school to career. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This is an introductory course to the language of medicine utilized by healthcare professionals. Basic word structure and formation, medical terms, abbreviations, definitions and spelling are included. Major disease processes and pathological conditions of specific body systems will be discussed.
This course covers the basic principles of the physician's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system and the HCPCS Level II coding system for proper coding in an outpatient setting. Regulatory compliance requirements related to both coding systems will also be addressed. Students will gain practical experience utilizing electronic health information technology to accomplish various medical office administrative processes. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course develops an understanding of the quality management initiatives in healthcare, including utilization review, case management and risk management. The study of quality management in healthcare will be based upon the roles and influences of accrediting bodies, regulatory agencies, legislation, society and payers. An introduction is also provided in quality tools, data collection methods, as well as interpreting and reporting data. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is an introduction to the management of health information operations. Subjects of focus will be principles of human resources, diversity, planning and budgeting, orientation and training of personnel, and organizing work processes, including evaluating and improving work performance. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This is a capstone course for the Health Information Management A.S. program where students will complete a 40-hour supervised, professional practice experience in a Health Information Management (HIM)-related department of a hospital and/or alternative healthcare setting. The student will observe and participate in daily functions within a healthcare organization that will reinforce learned content through direct application. At the end of the experience, the student will be able to identify and evaluate various HIM functions and processes within said healthcare institution. In addition, students will prepare for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam, culminating with sitting for the exam as part of their final course grade. Enrollment in this course is by department consent only. Students must meet all general education requirements for the degree prior to being eligible to enroll in this course. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course provides a thorough demonstration of the international classification of diseases ICD-10-CM. Students will understand general equivalency mapping for ICD-10 and the use of other vocabulary and classification systems such as SNOMED, DSM IV, ICD-O, RXNORM, and LOINC. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the organization, structure, conventions and guidelines of ICD-10-CM in order to accurately code and sequence diagnoses. Students will learn the purpose and uses of diagnosis coding. The importance of the standards of ethical coding, coding compliance and maintaining patient privacy will be stressed. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
The course builds the foundation for understanding selected concepts taken from topics which include basic operations of whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, data sets, an introduction to probability and basic statistical terminology and computations. Critical thinking skills, quantitative reasoning and communicating mathematically are incorporated to prepare students for HIM 2214 Health Data Analysis Research and Management with continuation of the required course textbook. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.

Hartford Internship Program students will take the following 9 credits in place of HIM 2214, HIM 2512 and HIM 2943:

This course provides an overview of personal and business property risks and coverages which may be used in dealing with these risks, including the underwriting, marketing and social problems associated with these coverages. Additional topics include commercial and residential fire insurance, inland marine and transportation coverages and multi-peril contracts.

Six credits of Cooperative Education from the following courses:

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic program.
General Education Courses
15
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.

Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits
This course applies psychological principles to individual and group functioning in organizational settings. Major topics include employee selection, motivation, job satisfaction, leadership and performance evaluation. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits

Any General Education course

3
Credits

Recommended:

The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension. The course addresses communication in the personal, career and global spheres.
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.

Note:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Note:

Specific general education prerequisite courses are still required for this program.

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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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,220$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$850$1,000$1,200
Total$4,131$17,450$18,146$17,589

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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.

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.

For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.

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.

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