Health Information Technology Degrees & Programs

A.A. Degree

An Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree helps students seamlessly transition into a bachelor's degree program at one of Florida's four-year institutions.  Students studying health information management will complete the common prerequisite courses for an upper-division major as part of their general A.A. degree program. After graduating from Seminole State, they can continue their studies at a state college or university with junior standing.

Seminole State offers prerequisite courses for the health informatic and information management major:

A.S. Degree

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.

Program Overview

The A.S. degree program provides students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of health science as well as the topics of:

  • Health information technology
  • Database management
  • Health law
  • Healthcare performance improvement
  • Financial aspects of healthcare services
  • Effective communication skills
  • Other soft skills needed in the workplace

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.

Accreditation

CAHIIM Accredited Program Logo

The Health Information Technology accreditor of Seminole State College of Florida is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the Associate in Science degree in Health Information Technology has been reaffirmed through 2023.  All inquires about the program's status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

Program Outcomes

In the 2019-20 reporting year, the passage rate on the Registered Health Information Technician exam was 73%.

In the 2019-20 reporting year, the associate degree program’s graduation rate was 16%. 

In the 2019-20 reporting year, 57.1% of graduates reported obtaining employment within one year.  Graduate placement rates for 2017-18 graduates indicate 94% are working in a degree-related field, continued postsecondary education, or are serving in the military.

Employer Outcomes

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%. The employer satisfaction rating of “above average” for Seminole State graduates for 2019 is 100%. 

Career Opportunities

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 continue expanding.

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population, especially in Florida, will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the health information data. Prospects will be best for those who hold the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification. In 2017, the mean median hourly wage for medical records and health information technicians in Florida was $17.93 per hour.

Admission Requirements

All students enrolled in a nursing or 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.
Before requesting and paying for background check services, applicants with concerns should email the health professions career program advisor or call 407.404.6196.

Additional Information

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.

Certificate Program

The Medical Information Coder/Biller Health Information Management program is a college credit certificate program consisting of 34-35 college credit hours. Upon program completion, students will have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare delivery market as an entry-level medical coder/biller.

Program Overview

Medical information coders/billers are usually detail-oriented, analytical and investigative. They like to read and thrive in the pursuit of medical knowledge. If you fit this profile, then Seminole State's Medical Information Coder/Biller Program may be right for you!

Professional Certificate Approved Program

Accreditation

The program is approved by the AHIMA Foundation’s Professional Certificate Approval Program. This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professionals. This process allows academic institutions, healthcare organizations and private companies to be acknowledged as offering an approved coding certificate program. 

What Does a Medical Coder/Biller do?

Medical coders/billers are integral members of the professional healthcare team. They are familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes and are needed nearly every time a healthcare professional treats a patient.

Typical responsibilities of a medical coder/biller include:

  • Analyzing medical records and assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures
  • Processing charges for patient billing, insurance claims and account management
  • Tabulating information for health surveys, research studies and improved patient care
  • Communicating with other healthcare personnel to clarify diagnoses or obtain additional information

Career Opportunities

Medical information coders/billers impact several aspects of healthcare, including billing, reimbursement and statistics. Job opportunities exist for medical coding and billing specialists within hospitals, insurance companies, physician offices, managed care organizations and medical billing companies. Students who are unsure of their career path can research these opportunities on the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Health Information Careers website.

Opportunities in the field of health information management, including managing, analyzing and coding medical information, are expected to grow through the year 2017. In 2015, the mean wage for medical records and health information technicians in Florida was $37,110 (Employ Florida Marketplace).

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the Medical Information Coder/Biller College Credit Certificate Program, students must:

Additional Information

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.

Contact

Seminole State College
Healthcare Programs
850 South SR 434
Altamonte Springs FL, 32714

407.404.6196
Fax: 407.404.6207
Office: ALT-303
Campus: Altamonte Springs