The Associate in Science (A.S.), Health Information Technology degree program equips students with knowledge of the practices and processes needed to interpret medical documentation and meet the demands of the transition from paper-based to electronic health records. The Associate Degree Program at Seminole State is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The program provides students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of health science as well as the topics of:
An A.S. degree in Health Information Technology opens the door to many areas within the healthcare industry, including management, medical coding, consulting, patient privacy and information security. Graduates of the program can enter the work force immediately or continue their studies at the university level.
Select Health Information Technology courses from the A.S. degree may transfer for students wishing to pursue a related bachelor's degree, such as the University of Central Florida's Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management. An Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be required for admission to the University. The A.A. degree is designed for transfer to an upper-division public college or university in the State of Florida.
Student success in obtaining certification as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) is one of our Student Learning Outcomes. For the reporting period of Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015, AHIMA reported a national average pass rate of 70 percent. Seminole State College graduates for this same period achieved an 83 percent pass rate.
Accredited programs are also required to routinely survey healthcare entities that employ HIM professionals to assess employer satisfaction of graduates. CAHIIM requires a satisfaction rating of at least 80 percent. The employer satisfaction rating of “above average” for Seminole State graduates in 2015 is 100 percent.
Graduates of the Health Information Technology Program can embark on careers with hospitals, healthcare IT vendors, government agencies, the insurance industry and more. Opportunities in the field, including managing, analyzing and coding medical information, are expected to grow through the year 2017. In 2011, the mean hourly wage for medical records and health information technicians in Florida was $16.81 per hour.
All applicants must submit to a criminal background check and be free of offenses that could disqualify them from working in a healthcare environment (Florida Statute 456.0635). Applicants with criminal background issues may not be accepted into the program. Before requesting and paying for background check services, applicants with concerns should email the health professions career program advisor or call 407.404.6004.
Students are encouraged to visit a counselor or academic advisor for assistance with course selection, sequencing and scheduling. Financial assistance and scholarship opportunities are available. All services are free and available at each Seminole State campus. For more information, review the Seminole State College Online Catalog.