Health Information Technology Associate in Science
Major Code: HINFO-AS
Educational Plan: HINFO-AS
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.
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. This program can be completed as a full-time or part-time student and is offered entirely online except for the capstone course, HIM 2943 Practicum Experience II, which requires a supervised professional practice experience in a healthcare setting.
Graduates of this program have numerous employment options in healthcare facilities, government agencies and managed care organizations. To learn more, visit hicareers.com.
Employment in this field is expected to grow by 21 percent (faster than average) through 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Students may complete the following college credit certificate as part of the Health Information Technology A.S. degree:
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.
Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the following industry certifications:
Additional industry certifications may be available for college credit certificate programs.
Visit Smart-College-Choices.com to access employment numbers and the estimated average, annual full-time wage for graduates of this program.
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.
Students must complete all course work with grades of "C" or higher to graduate.
Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.
Humanities General Education course
Mathematics or Science General Education course
Any General Education course
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.
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.
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.
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.
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