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Health Information Technology AS

Health Information Technology Overview (AS 2529)

Type of Award

AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-health.aspx

Program Description

This CAHIIM accredited degree program is designed to provide students with the technical expertise in management of health information contained both in paper and electronic formats. The student will obtain knowledge and skills to perform job functions in medical records, medical coding, data analytics and other information-based areas in both the hospital and outpatient settings. Graduates of the program will be able to provide reliable and valid information that drives the health care industry.

This program provides students with the technical expertise in health data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance, and reporting activities in compliance with established legal, ethical, regulatory and professional standards. Course content will include both paper and electronic information management concepts and technologies, in addition to ethical and medico-legal aspects, computer information technology, biomedical sciences, health record science, statistics and data literacy, medical coding, clinical classification systems, reimbursement methodologies, quality assessment, health care delivery systems, indexing, performance improvement and professional practice experience.

Program Accreditation

The Health Information Technology AS degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This accreditation confirms that the program has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process and has been determined to meet or exceed the Standards set by the Board of Directors. Graduates are eligible to apply and take the national certification exam for Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Program Learning Outcomes

For detailed information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/learningoutcomes/Program-Learning-Outcomes

General Admission Requirements to the College

  • Complete an Application for Admission, located at www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/Admissions-Applications.
  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official college/university transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.
  • Submit placement test scores if not exempt from placement testing. To determine if you are exempt, go to www.palmbeachstate.edu/advising/.
  • Complete all other requirements for admission outlined in the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog.

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of C or higher.

Program Length

Total program credits: 70. Total program length: 7 semesters full-time. Most of the courses are formatted as hybrid online courses - students are required to attend classes on campus.

Location

The program is offered at the Loxahatchee Groves campus.

For More Information

Complete our online Information Session: www.palmbeachstate.edu/career-pathways/pathway-health.aspx 561-790-9049

Employment Opportunities

The roles commonly filled by a registered health information technician (RHIT) include: cancer (or other disease) registrar, clinical coder/ compliance auditor/vocabulary specialist, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, data integrity specialist, document imaging coordinator, information access/disclosure specialist, quality improvement specialist, reimbursement specialist/financial services liaison, and instructor/trainer.

Career Path Notes

Please visit www.hicareers.com.

Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam provided by the American Health Information Management Association.

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. See www.palmbeachstate.edu/Bachelors for more information.

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM), www.cahiim.org.

Career Center

www.palmbeachstate.edu/Career

For more information about employment opportunities, including job outlook and salary information, visit: Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/ooh

O-Net Online: www.onetonline.org

Required courses:

General Education (Credits: 20)

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

STA2023Statistics (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

Required Courses (Credits: 50)

CGS1100Microcomputer Applications (AA)

3 Credits

Or

HIM1610COffice Applications for Health Professions (AS)

3 Credits

HSC2531Medical Terminology (AA)

3 Credits

HIM1000CIntroduction to Health Information Management (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1433CPathophysiology for Health Information (AS)

2 Credits

HIM1442CPharmacology for Health Information (AS)

2 Credits

HIM1282CFundamentals of Medical Coding (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1210CHealth Information System (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2222CApplied Inpatient Coding (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2272CMedical Reimbursement and Revenue (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1215CHealth Care Statistics and Research Methods (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2510CHealth Care Data Analysis (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1012CHealth Information Law, Ethics, and Compliance (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2253CApplied Outpatient Coding (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2651CApplied Health Informatics (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2512CLeadership for Health Professionals (AS)

2 Credits

HIM2304CHealth Information Department Management (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1800CHealth Information Professional Practice (AS)

2 Credits

HIM2810LAdvanced Coding Lab (AS)

1 Credit

HIM2826LHealth Information Skills Lab (AS)

2 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 70

Course Sequence

Term One - Fall (Year One) (Credits: 13)

ENC1101College Composition 1 (AA)

3 Credits

STA2023Statistics (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2085LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

CGS1100Microcomputer Applications (AA)

3 Credits

Or

HIM1610COffice Applications for Health Professions (AS)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year One) (Credits: 13)

BSC2086Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AA)

3 Credits

BSC2086LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Lab (AA)

1 Credit

SPC1017Fundamentals of Speech Communication (AA)

3 Credits

HIM1000CIntroduction to Health Information Management (AS)

3 Credits

PSY2012Introduction to Psychology (AA)

3 Credits

Term Three - Summer (Year One) (Credits: 7)

HIM1433CPathophysiology for Health Information (AS)

2 Credits

HIM1442CPharmacology for Health Information (AS)

2 Credits

HSC2531Medical Terminology (AA)

3 Credits

Term One - Fall (Year Two) (Credits: 12)

HIM1282CFundamentals of Medical Coding (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1210CHealth Information System (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1215CHealth Care Statistics and Research Methods (AS)

3 Credits

HIM1012CHealth Information Law, Ethics, and Compliance (AS)

3 Credits

Term Two - Spring (Year Two) (Credits: 12)

HIM2222CApplied Inpatient Coding (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2272CMedical Reimbursement and Revenue (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2510CHealth Care Data Analysis (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2253CApplied Outpatient Coding (AS)

3 Credits

Term Three - Summer (Year Two) (Credits: 6)

HIM2651CApplied Health Informatics (AS)

3 Credits

HIM2304CHealth Information Department Management (AS)

3 Credits

Term One - Fall (Year Three) (Credits: 7)

HIM1800CHealth Information Professional Practice (AS)

2 Credits

HIM2810LAdvanced Coding Lab (AS)

1 Credit

HIM2826LHealth Information Skills Lab (AS)

2 Credits

HIM2512CLeadership for Health Professionals (AS)

2 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 70